Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Reports

"Pennsylvanian's Perceptions of Natural Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale: A Summary of Findings from a 2012 Survey" (Willits, Luloff, and Theodori 2013)

Between June 2012 and October 2012, a random sample of individuals living in counties in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale region were contacted and asked to participate in a survey of residents’ opinions concerning natural gas extraction in the region. This report summarizes the findings of that study.

Link: "Pennsylvanian's Perceptions of Natural Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale: A Summary of Findings from a 2012 Survey" (Willits, Luloff, and Theodori 2013)


"Hydraulic Fracturing and the Management, Disposal, and Reuse of Frac Flowback Waters: Views from the General Public in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Region" (Theodori, Luloff, Willits, and Burnett 2013)

Abstract

Data collected in a general population survey from a random sample drawn from 21 counties located in the geological Central Core and Tier 1 of the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania were used to empirically examine issues associated with the public’s views on: (1) the process of hydraulic fracturing; (2) the management and disposal of frac flowback wastewater; and, (3) frac flowback wastewater treatment technology. Further, contributions made to self-reported knowledge of hydraulic fracturing by eight different sources and the amount of trust in each of the same sources to deliver unbiased, factual knowledge about the topic were investigated. Building upon previous research on the public’s perception of produced water by Theodori and his colleagues (Theodori et al. 2009, 2011), the level of agreement that treated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations could safely be used for selected purposes was assessed. Lastly, the associations between level of familiarity with frac flowback wastewater treatment technology and the proposed potential uses of treated wastewater were evaluated using bivariate and multivariate logistic regression techniques. Differences in the information reported by respondents living in high well-density counties (20 or more wells per 100 square miles) and their counterparts living in low well-density counties (fewer than 20 wells per 100 square miles) were also examined. The results contained in this report should prove beneficial to members of the general public, community leaders, oil and gas industry representatives, government and regulatory agency personnel, environmental and non-governmental organization representatives, and other interested stakeholders. Possible implications and recommendations of the findings are advanced.

Link: "Hydraulic Fracturing and the Management, Disposal, and Reuse of Frac Flowback Waters: Views from the General Public in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Region" (Theodori, Luloff, Willits and Burnett 2013)


"Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Region Public Perceptions Survey: A Summary Report" (Theodori, Willits, and Luloff 2012)

This report provides a summary of the results obtained from a 2012 survey of Pennsylvania residents living in the Marcellus Shale region of the state. The purpose of this document is to provide insights into residents’ perceptions of natural gas development in Pennsylvania. The report includes information on their reported knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to natural gas development, including their views about hydraulic fracturing and possible uses of treated wastewater from these operations. No conclusions or inferences are made.

Link: "Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Region Public Perceptions Survey: A Summary Report" (Theodori, Willits, and Luloff 2012)



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