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Concerning The Constitutionality Of Hydro-Fracking The Marcellus Shale, Sean Dillon Dec 2010

Concerning The Constitutionality Of Hydro-Fracking The Marcellus Shale, Sean Dillon

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The entire Marcellus Shale, from the Catskills of New York down to the northwestern border of West Virginia, is estimated to contain as little as 168 to as much as 516 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, resulting in major “shale play” in the region. If calculations are accurate, the Marcellus Shale may be one of the largest potential sources of any type of energy in this country. But the prospect of mining the Marcellus Shale is not without its downfalls. The extraction method to be used in these operations - a technique called hydraulic fracturing, also known as “hydro-fracking” …