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Marcellus Shale Research Network to track shale region's water quality

10/12/2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Development of a database that will be able to track potential impacts of Marcellus Shale activity on water quality is the focus of a new $750,000 research collaboration led by Penn State researchers.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Marcellus Shale Research Network will consolidate and routinely update water data being collected by watershed groups, government agencies, industry stakeholders and universities as a searchable database. The project also will facilitate and train additional community groups in how to organize, collect and interpret water data.

"Significant data collection is occurring throughout the Marcellus Shale region, but synthesis of that data into useful knowledge is needed," said Susan Brantley, principal investigator and director of Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. "Our database will not only establish background concentrations but enable assessment of impacts across the Marcellus Shale extraction region."  (Click for full story)

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