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Harvesting Natural Gas

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What method of extracting natural gas would a company most likely use in the area of the Marcellus Shale?

US Energy Information Administration based on data from WVGES, PA DCNR, OH DGS, NY DEC, VA DMME, USGS, Wrightstone (2009). Only wells completed after 1-1-2003 are shown. Updated June 1, 2011. Marcellus Shale Gas Play, Appalachian Basin (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 9 Feb. 2016. http://www.eia.gov/oil_gas/rpd/shaleusa5.pdf.

A

Hydraulic fracturing.

B

Follow the coal seam to harvest natural gas while coal is mined.

C

Drill into landfills and harvest natural gas produced there.

D

Work with dairy farmers in the area to collect natural gas from manure ponds.

E

Collect natural gas produced by wetlands in the area.