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Center for Agricultural and Shale Law, Penn State University Park Law School

The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law in Penn State’s University Park Law School is a resource that “provides agricultural and shale law research and information with a specific focus on those issues of importance in Pennsylvania.” Its aim is to provide general information for a variety of stakeholders. This page provides a collection of resources, including various regulations from multiple states involving increased seismicity due to fracking. The information on this page is somewhat limited, although it is not biased. agricultural-and-shale-law

National Public Radio

State Impact National Public Radio’s reporting project, State Impact, aims to present nonbiased journalism reports about fracking. Its coverage is very in-depth, varied, and current. It also focuses on more than purely fracking, discussing related issues such as climate change or local rent prices. This website is very easy to use. State Impact is written and produced by two journalists, Marie Cusick and Susan Phillips. This allows for in-depth, knowledgeable coverage while offering different perspectives.

Marcellus Shale Coalition

Marcellus Shale Coalition is a pro-fracking group that aims to educate and inform “policymakers, regulators, media, and other public stakeholders” about Marcellus and Utica Shale development. The website offers a wide variety of information, from press releases, to information about shale development from leasing to site restoration, and transportation and infrastructure. The site is easy to use, although it is biased, as the Marcellus Shale Coalition works to encourage the development of the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale.

The Berks Gas Truth

The Berks Gas Truth is a counterpart to the Marcellus Shale Coalition. They aim to stop “unconventional natural gas drilling,” and have a variety of information on their page about the harms of shale development. This site may be overwhelming simply due to how much information they have displayed, and it is biased towards anti-fracking interests. It offers concerned citizens channels through which they could get involved in speaking out against shale development.

Environmental Protection Agency

This is the official webpage published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency on hydraulic fracturing. It is easy to use and provides readers with a lot of information about shale development and its different effects. On the right side is a bar that provides links to recent government assessments and other news the EPA has published. There are also links to related information, such as the process of hydraulic fracturing and the radioactive wastes produced by oil and gas drilling. This is a government site and provides objective information.

Insideclimate News

Insideclimate News offers in-depth, investigative articles on fracking, as well as other issues. Their articles tend to advocate for environmental progress, and thus they are a bit biased. They have hundreds of articles about different issues related to shale gas development, and thus offer in-depth insight that is difficult to find through other sources.