ShareThis Page
News

Got gas, lots

| Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

A breathtaking new estimate about the vast natural gas reserves of the Marcellus Shale region suggests that Western Pennsylvania is overflowing with untapped riches. The future could be dazzling.

Terry Engelder, Pennsylvania State University professor and nationally known authority on the topic, said last week at a conference in Pittsburgh that this region, and the bordering states sitting atop the Marcellus Shale, could hold much more than his initial estimates of recoverable natural gas.

Early this year, he and another expert estimated that 10 percent of a total 516 trillion cubic feet might be recovered.

Mr. Engelder now thinks the entire 31-million-acre region might hold 4,359 trillion cubic feet. If just 30 percent could be recovered, that would be 1,307 trillion cubic feet from the region.

And even if some Marcellus acreage doesn't contain gas, a conservative estimate suggests that 392 trillion cubic feet still could be tapped. That would be more than 13 times the 30 trillion cubic feet produced each year in the United States.

Man has a responsibility to respect Mother Nature while using this rich bounty to help make life better for all. State-of-the-art commonsense methods of freeing the clear gold could lead to a green Golden Age for the region, the commonwealth and the republic.

Give thanks for another of God's blessings.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me