Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory
Improving shale energy productivity and reducing the environmental footprint of the natural gas industry are the goals of a West Virginia University partnership at a second Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Lab to be located in western Monongalia County.
WVU researchers from multidisciplinary departments, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, will use the advanced models they develop for this project, continuing to address complex technical, environmental and social issues surrounding unconventional energy development. The researchers will use best practices in environmentally responsible shale development as they undertake subsurface scientific investigations. Timothy Carr , WVU’s Marshall Miller professor of geology , is the lab's principal investigator and director.
The consortium—WVU, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Northeast Natural Energy and The Ohio State University—will focus on deploying lower cost technologies, testing the ability to provide the necessary level of performance to achieve comparable results. If successful, these technologies have the potential for widespread use in the field, which currently supplies nearly 30 percent of U.S. gas production.
Researchers from the following departments at WVU are participating in the study: