A Community Conversation on Natural Gas

Over the past few months, the Marcellus Shale Coalition asked Pennsylvanians their questions about natural gas development.
This website will answer those questions straightforwardly and honestly.

Q: Where did the name come from?

The Marcellus Shale – considered “the second largest natural gas field in the world” – was named after the town of Marcellus, New York by American geologist James Hall in 1839. Here, the Marcellus Shale formation comes to the surface in the form of outcrops, which is where geologists first learned of the formation.

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