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WVU researchers check air emissions at a natural gas well near Morgantown, West Virginia West West Virginia University Prof. Michael McCawley with graduate students Alyson Johnson (l) and Taylor Devine testing air emissions at the MSEEL well near Morgantown, West Virginia. This research is part of the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Lab that grew out of a 2014 Memorandum of Understanding to develop a partnership signed by the presidents of WVU and Ohio State.

The Energy Institute believes that there is power in numbers. Partnership drives success. That’s why it is our mission to serve as a catalytic hub connecting WVU researchers to one another and to researchers and innovators at organizations around the world, in the private sector and the public sector. The Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Lab is a prime example of the winning combination of WVU researchers teaming with researchers from The Ohio State University, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and our colleagues at Northeast Natural Energy.

The team includes geologists, petroleum engineers, hydrologists, environmental scientists, business experts and public health scientists such as Prof. McCawley and his graduate students, Alyson Johnson and Taylor Devine. They have been monitoring air emissions at the MSEEL well-pad and at nearby locations before and during drilling, extraction, and production. 

The researcher grew out of a 2013 Memorandum of Understanding between the presidents of WVU and Ohio State.

Under the leadership of WVU Marshall Miller Professor Tim Carr, WVU, Ohio State, Northeast Natural Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Center together proposed to the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy a five-year, $11 million program to launch the world’s first, field-based laboratory to study all aspects of unconventional oil and gas production.

Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Lab

The Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Lab near West Virginia University's Morgantown campus.

MSEEL is one of the Energy Institute's signature collaborations. A sampling of other research partnerships includes:

A full list of WVU's energy and environmental centers can be found at this link.

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