The Marcellus Shale is about to become the most productive natural-gas field in the United States, according to new data from energy-industry analysts and the federal government.
Though serious drilling only began five years ago, the sheer volume of Marcellus production suggests that in some ways there’s no going back, even as New York debates whether to allow drilling in its portion of the shale, which also lies under large parts of Pennsyl-vania, West Virginia and Ohio, including the Mahoning Valley.
The top spot for the Marcellus “doesn’t surprise me,” said Jay Apt, a professor of technology at Carnegie Mellon University. “But will it lead to industries that spring up to use that gas?” he asked, adding that much of the bounty could also end up being shipped to Canada, the Gulf Coast or overseas.
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