Will Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Ever See Marcellus Drilling? Depends

Both Lackawanna and Luzerne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania have been largely drill-less when it comes to the Marcellus Shale bonanza happening all around them. One reason is that both counties are urban–Lackawanna is home to the city of Scranton, and Luzerne home to Scranton’s twin-joined-at-the-hip Wilkes-Barre. However, the bigger reason why there has been no gas drilling is because of the geology under both counties. A few test wells have been drilled in the past–all of them unsuccessful.

Does that mean that all Marcellus drilling in Lackawanna and Luzerne will be barren forevermore? Not necessarily…

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