IT Sligo to webcast shale gas seminar

Two American professors will give a live webcast seminar at IT Sligo on Monday, May 26 about Pennsylvania’s development of its huge Marcellus Shale natural gas resources.

The Marcellus Shale formation lies beneath about 60% of the state’s total land mass, where it is buried to depths of up to 9,000 feet. Areas with the greatest potential for natural gas production exist where the shale is present at least 5,000 feet below ground.

Professor Rose M Barker and Professor David L Passmore, from Pennsylvania State University, will review the nature, size and distribution of the resources and speak about extraction technologies, in particular, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”.

Cait Coyle, Lecturer in Earth Science at IT Sligo said: “The subject is of particular relevance to the northwest of Ireland considering that this controversial technique may be used in the future during the exploration for shale gas in the Lough Allen basin.”

May 26th, at 8.30pm on


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