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Foggy mountain mornings are commonplace in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, western New York and southeastern Ohio, home to the Marcellus shale. Early in the morning, at or before sunrise, visibility can be less than one-tenth of a mile.
The fog can make it tough for operator and service trucks to get to wellsites in a timely manner, causing even the most veteran driver to question whether he or she is on the right road, in the right direction. Yet, soon enough, the sun rises and begins to burn off the fog. By mid-morning, drilling sites that were once hidden emerge from the remnants of the fog, their rig masts soaring into the crisp blue sky. Another day is underway in the nation’s most productive shale gas play.
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