Dozens of Lancaster and Lebanon county residents will soon have a chance to ask Penn State researchers about natural gas development in their communities.
The Indiana County commissioners Wednesday approved a distribution of the county's share of Act 13 Impact Fee dollars, commonly referred to as the "unconventional gas well fund."
Oil and gas companies once again will be barred from drilling new wells under state forests and parks in Pennsylvania.
Unlike in the western states, where gas companies deal with a few individuals who own thousands of acres or with the federal government, which owns millions, northern Pennsylvania is broken down into acreages of dozens or hundreds.
Harnessed and burned, methane can power a city - but when it leaks from a well into the air, methane pollutes badly.
There aren't many compressed natural gas-powered cars or refueling stations in the United States today, but that could change soon.
Specialized, experienced engineers are becoming a tough get in Western Pennsylvania as the gas drilling industry outpaces the growth of an experienced talent pool.
Shale gas companies have started dialing back on spending to help offset a sudden drop in prices, but analysts don't expect wide-scale layoffs and shutdowns in Appalachia like those prompted in other areas by the oil crash.