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Welcome to the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research

The Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) is Penn State's education and research initiative on unconventional gas plays. We serve state agencies, elected and appointed officials, communities, landowners, industry, environmental groups and other stakeholders. We are committed to expanding research capabilities on technical aspects of developing this resource and to providing science-based programming while protecting the Commonwealth's water resources, forests and transportation infrastructure. MCOR is internally funded by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment and Penn State Outreach.


New Release: The Bureau of Technical Utility Services prepared and released the Pennsylvania Natural Gas Outlook Report ( )to summarize the 2014 financial and supply data for the Pennsylvania natural gas distribution companies to present relevant topics of interest with regard to the Pennsylvania natural gas industry.  National trends including utilization, macroeconomic and industry data for the U.S. as a whole are included in this report for context since shale development in Pennsylvania impacts the entire nation. 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency released their draft Study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources, which can be found here:  This draft assessment compiles available scientific literature and data to assess the potential for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas to change the quality or quantity of drinking water resources, and identifies factors affecting the frequency or severity of any potential changes. This draft report can be used by stakeholders to better understand and address any vulnerabilities of drinking water resources to hydraulic fracturing activities and provides an opportunity for public comment and peer review.

Marcellus Community Science Summer
Volunteer Program

June 16 - August 25, 2015
at the Penn College of Technology
Room CC201 (Bush Campus Center)
For more information - Contact:
Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research
Terry Noll, Project Coordinator or (814) 865-6598

Upcoming Events & Webinars

July 1, 2015: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Royalty Management, Land Management, and Lease Options - Monaca, PA

July 14, 2015: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Shale Royalties Management: Understanding Your Royalty Check - Burgettstown, PA

July 14, 2015: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Shale Royalties Management: Understanding Your Royalty Check - Burgettstown, PA

July 16, 2015: 1:00 - 2::00 p.m.
Best Management Practices for Well Pad Lighting in National Parks - Webinar

August 6-7, 2015
Young Professional Women in Energy (YPWE) Program -
Washington, PA. The program focuses on Fundamentals of Shale. For more information or to register:
Fundamentals of Shale Program - YPWE

August 18 - August 20, 2015
Ag Progress Days - Pennsylvania Furnace, PA

Penn State Royalty and Decline Curve Web App

By looking closely at actual natural gas production of 5,492 horizontal shale wells, a cumulative production model was assembled to create royalty estimates and better decision making tools for businesses and individuals.

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Maps showing the depth and thickness of the Utica Shale are now on the MCOR maps page. The MCOR produced Marcellus Shale depth and thickness maps have also recently been updated.

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