Welcome to the Marcellus Shale E-forum! The goal of this environmental forum is to provide a student-driven
investigation of the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation and the environmental and political issues that surround its development.
Participation from classrooms across the watershed, or even across the geographic range of the Marcellus Shale formation, can help
raise awareness and foster a community approach to problem solving and policy decisions about this challenging environmental issue.
In this E-forum, students can learn and debate about the costs and benefits of Marcellus Shale development. Students will be able to see that natural gas development can benefit local economies and provide a cleaner source of energy, but it can also have potential impacts on the aquatic resources and biodiversity within the Susquehanna watershed and beyond. These different viewpoints will be shown through the following resources:
Created by Pennsylvania Sea Grant especially for high school environmental science and biology students, this
program is modeled after a very successful E-forum at the
Cacapon Institute's Potomac Highlands Watershed School.
Shale E-forum was funded in part by a grant from NOAA's Bay Watershed Education Training Program (B-WET). We are also grateful to
Chief Oil and Gas
, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, the
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Highlands Action Program, and the
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for their contributions to the E-forum.
Teachers, to enroll your class in the E-forum, please e-mail Ann Faulds at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1st, 2013. You are also welcome to use the materials independently throughout the year. Note: Moderated discussion runs from Feb 11 to Feb 22. Student groups submit POV papers between Feb 6th and Feb 8th. Video Contest entries due March 3rd