Marcellus Shale: Cementing and Well Casing Violations


Steven J Deane-Shinbrot, Kassandra C Ruggles, Griffin Patrick Walker, Sheila Patricia Werth


United States Department of Energy


Joshua Rosenstock, Mustapha S. Fofana


October – December 2011

Project Outcomes

Final Report


Natural gas extracted from shale formations is one of the fastest growing sources of energy in the United States. Our IQP analyzes public data regarding regulatory violations related to the casing and cementing of shale gas extraction wells in the state of Pennsylvania. Computer based data analysis programs including Microsoft Excel and MATLAB were used to generate visual representations of the data, which allowed our group the ability to more easily identify trends. Our group also interviewed experts on the shale gas industry in order to gain a more complete understanding of the issues at hand. After these interviews and a thorough analysis of the available data, our group recognized and provided explanations for trends in the data.