An Analysis of Marcellus Shale

US Senator Robert Casey of Scranton demands fracking disclosure to be put in full effect.

Senator Casey brought up recent mining disasters surrounding the controversial exploration technique, and in his fervent speech called for more disclosure in the industry, so as to minimize the potential for future accidents. The speech, given at Marywood University in Casey’s hometown focused on the benefits and perils of Marcellus Shale, and the steps that need to be taken in order to render the mining process as profitable and safe as possible.

Casey’s first order of business was commenting on the fact that more than half a million of Pennsylvania is currently unemployed, and the exploration unravelling in the state should be a gateway to battle such staggering jobless rates. He added that more than 70% of Marcellus’ employees are out of state residents, and proposed training workshops to be set up so that local professionals can start benefiting from the company’s projects.

The Senator also noted that some of the latest mining accidents, such as the well explosion in Clearfield County are a major cause for tightening the industry’s safety standards, as well as developing more effective emergency plans, the absence of which made the Clearfield blast that much more destructible.

Casey’s major focus was directed towards fracking, the questionable exploration method that consists of pummelling the explored earth with a highly pressured mixture of chemicals and water. The patented cocktails that each fracking company uses have been subject to much woes and controversy for the activists groups protesting the technique, and Casey has long since been outspoken in his plea for the companies to release the chemical ingredients used in their mixtures.

He added that it is a very evident and reasonable desire for the state to know what sorts of chemicals are being put into their lands in order to stimulate natural gas release.

Representatives from Marcellus Shale have been recorded as saying that the fracking cocktails used by them are perfectly harmless, since they are heavily diluted in water, and added that the company has the state’s environmental safety in mind when exploring its grounds. They added that their presence in the state’s economy has been a severe boost for local financial troubles, reducing unemployment and attracting investor attention to the region. They continued to present Casey’s congregation with numerous biochemical recycling plans that the company has in the works in order to further minimize its negative effect on the state’s niche.

The state also faces further dilemmas as Marcellus unravels its operations fully in that more than 50% of the Pennsylvanian state parks hold potential natural gas reserves. 7 million acres of the 28 million acre- state are already leased for exploration, and though a bill was drawn up the state’s people to ban any new leases from going through, the local officials are yet to pass judgement on that legislation.

The state’s activist groups and involved politicians have expressed serious concern over the environmental impact that Marcellus Shale will have long term. The current 10 drilling sites around the state will soon be expanded to a staggering 6,000 locations. Once peripheral factors like pipelines, equipment, manpower and others are figured in, the sheer size of the operation has no choice but to drastically impose itself on the state’s environment.

Worries about the new pipelines installed contaminating or impeding local waterways were also raised.