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U.S. University Studies & Reports

Reductive weathering of black shale and release of barium during hydraulic fracturing, prepared by Assistant Professor Devon Renock, Research Scientist Josh Landis and Professor Mukul Sharma from the Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, Applied Geochemistry, Volume 65, February 2016, Pages 73–86.

Individual Well Costs from Proposed Rule Changes to Oil and Natural Gas Operations on BLM Lands: Comments and a Monte Carlo Specification, prepared by Russell R. Evans, Ph. D. and Jacob Dearmon, Ph. D., respectively, Executive Director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Economics in the Meinders School of Business, Oklahoma City University, for Devon Energy. The study was released to the public on April 2, 2013.

An Analysis of the Economic Potential for Shale Formations in Ohio, prepared by faculty and staff from Cleveland State University, Ohio State University, and Marietta College, and sponsored by the Ohio Shale Coalition, April 2012

Carnegie-Mellon Marcellus Greenhouse Gas Study: Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of Marcellus shale gas, by Jiang et al., Environ. Res. Lett. 6 (July-September 2011)

Cornell University Study: Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations, Howarth et al., Climatic Change, March 13, 2011

Duke University Study: Noble Gases Identify the Mechanisms of Fugitive Gas Contamination in Drinking-Water Wells Overlying the Marcellus and Barnett Shales, Thomas H. Darrah, Avner Vengosh, Robert B. Jackson, Nathaniel R. Warner and Robert J. Poreda, PNAS Early Edition, September 2014, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1322107111

Duke University Study: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing, Osborn et al., PNAS Early Edition, May 2011, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1100682108

Duke University Study: Geochemical evidence for possible natural migration of Marcellus Formation brine to shallow aquifers in Pennsylvania. Nathanial R. Warner, Robert B. Jackson, Thomas H. Darrah, Stephen G. Osborn, Adrian Down, Kaiguang Zhao, Alissa White, and Avner Vengosh, May 2012

Duke University Study: Increased stray gas abundance in a subset of drinking water wells near Marcellus shale gas extraction. Robert B. Jackson, Avner Vengosh, Thomas H. Darrah, Nathaniel R. Warner, Adrian Down, Robert J. Poreda, Stephen G. Osborn, Kaiguang Zhao, and Jonathan D. Karr, June 2013

Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale, prepared by The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development’s Center for Community and Business Research, May 2012

Environmental Impacts During Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling: Causes, Impacts, and Remedies , conducted by researchers at the University of Wyoming, Pennsylvania State University, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, May 15, 2012

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction , prepared by the Pacific Institute, June 2012

Legal Implications of Marcellus Shale: A Video Overview — Professor Ross Pifer, director of the Agricultural Law Research and Resource Center and of the new Rural Economic Development Clinic, summarizes the legal implications of Marcellus Shale development, October 24, 2010

The Penn State Study: The Impact of Marcellus Gas Drilling On Rural Drinking Water Supplies, conducted by Pennsylvania State University and funded by the Center for Rural Pennsyvlania; revised report, Nov. 22, 2011

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