Marcellus outreach -- a work in progress
A Work In Progress
Part of the mission of PRI is to provide outreach on aspects of Earth system science, like geology and global change. Because of our mission, PRI has received funding to provide outreach on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale. Because much of our work occurs ‘behind the scenes’ and in conjunction with our partners, it is important to explain the distinct role we play in Marcellus shale outreach.
PRI’s overall outreach goal with respect to the Marcellus is to provide the background context and scientific information on all aspects of the Earth science underlying our understanding of natural gas in the Marcellus shale. PRI is not a policy organization. We do not take an institutional position on drilling or advocate for any particular private or governmental course of action with respect to gas development. The goal of our outreach is to provide the best current, evidence-based information on:
- the origin of the natural gas, its distribution and behavior, and geological aspects of its exploration and removal;
- the environmental impacts of this activity over time and across geographic scales.
PRI recognizes that this is a highly complex set of issues, with interconnected time-sensitive, economic, social, political, and environmental elements. There is a pressing need for more and better scientific information for citizens and government officials.
A more formal overview of PRI's position is here.
A brief overview of PRI's Marcellus outreach is here.
PRI’s funding for this outreach currently comes from two sources. The National Science Foundation has provided funds to PRI to provide education materials and outreach on Earth system science aspects of Marcellus shale gas drilling. We have also received funding from Federal Formula Funds through Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station to help coordinate the logistic and outreach efforts of the CCE Marcellus Shale Team, and to provide the Earth system science component of that outreach.
Our partners in this undertaking are Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Cornell University Water Resources Institute. All of these entities endeavor to provide unbiased, scientific information to stakeholders on issues associated with the Marcellus shale.
- Cornell Cooperative Extension Natural Gas
- Cornell University Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- New York State Water Resources Institute
Our work on this Marcellus project is aimed at providing information to the public in a timely and transparent fashion. We intend to provide and are already providing outreach on Marcellus shale gas drilling in the following ways:
- Writing a series of online pages and pamphlets outlining different issues associated with gas development , such as hydraulic fracturing technology or water usage and disposal
- Compiling these pamphlets into a booklet detailing our current scientific understanding of the Marcellus shale and surrounding issues, with particular emphasis on the complexity of the systems involved
- Forming a science newsreel on Marcellus shale issues, written by commissioned regional science journalists
- Hosting a blog that connects readers to our activities as we gather scientific information and have discussions with researchers on aspects of Marcellus shale drilling for our publications
- Contributing to the work of the CCE Marcellus Shale Team in hosting public meetings, presenting information, updating website content, and organizing webinars on Marcellus shale issues
In all of our efforts, our main goal is to provide information that allows for more informed decision-making in every community. We appreciate your feedback on our outreach efforts. Please email your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.