Natural Gas Extraction from Shale

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2017 Shale & Public Health Conference

The fifth annual Shale & Public Health Conference will be held November 13, 2017
hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health at the Pitt University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh PA 15260 

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

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Highlights of the Re-Imagine! Event

Beaver County’s first visioning session on March 6, 2017. A second event, with CMU green chemistry professor Dr. Terry Collins, was held September 25.
A workshop on how to move from Visions to Action will be held on October 30, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 at Community College of Beaver County in the Learning Resources Center.


THRIVE: Sustainable Energy Symposium

was held on April 21, 2017 at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana PA.

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About “The Straight Scoop on Shale Drilling”

Observe A Problem~Study All Sides~Member Consensus~Action

We invite you to join with us to learn more about the Extraction of Natural Gas from Marcellus Shale, its impact on our water and communities and how government is involved through permitting, taxation and regulation.

The Indiana County League observed the problem and brought it to the attention of Leagues across PA at our state convention in June 2009. 27 League chapters organized study groups, sponsored public forums with experts representing various viewpoints, visited drilling sites, participated in webinars and other presentations at various colleges and universities and reached consensus on this important issue.

Our League Study required members to look at all sides of the Marcellus Shale issue and think about the needs of Pennsylvanians, our visitors and  communities in the months and years ahead as we reached consensus and adopted our position.

The facts and issues will continue to change, and we will continue to update this website as we learn more. Herein you will find educational materials and information about Natural Gas Extraction from Marcellus Shale to help us all learn more about this critical issue affecting all Pennsylvanians.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s Citizen Education Fund started an educational project in 2011 called, “The Straight Scoop on Shale Drilling”, with support from a grant from the Colcom Foundation. We have continued exploring the various issues related to the development of shale gas, which you will see reflected in the different topic areas on this website. We hold educational events and forums across Pennsylvania on shale-related topics.