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Shale gas is bringing scrutiny to many areas outside of the traditional oil patch, leaving some US states scrambling to create or revise regulatory frameworks to govern exploration, production, and transportation. Lawmakers are increasingly calling upon university geoscientists to examine data, evaluate or even introduce new technologies, and interface with local landowners.
The Appalachian basin is rich in shales, from the Upper Ordovician Trenton-Black River and Utica formations to the Middle Devonian Marcellus shale.
The Marcellus fairway falls short of the Finger Lakes, but Ithaca, New York does sit above producible Utica shale. Cornell University faculty members have become increasingly involved in the shale gas debate.
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