Penn State Says Bigger Well Setbacks are Needed in Some Cases

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Penn State researchers have and continue to do important research around the benefits AND risks of Marcellus Shale drilling. Recently Penn State researchers published a study in Energy Policy, an Elsevier scientific journal, reviewing the presence of fine particulars (called PM 2.5) in proximity to well pad drilling sites in the PA Marcellus. They found in some cases folks living just outside the 500-foot setback were exposed to high levels of PM 2.5, which (if exposed long-term) is not a good thing.

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