About this site

Hello from Jim Hoyt, publisher of this blog.

I have put this site online to provide a place for research about drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale. I am not trying to sway your thinking on the subject. The intent is to provide information so you can form your own opinions.

The Marcellus Shale is a large geologic region that underlies most of West Virginia. In recent years the price of energy has risen to the point that it is economically feasible to drill deep wells into the gas deposit in this shale. The wells are very deep, going thousands of feet underground. High pressure water, combined with chemicals and minerals (mostly sand), fractures the shale, which releases the gas.

There is much debate over the positive and negative effects of this drilling.

In June 2011 the Morgan County Commission established a committee to study this drilling and report back to the Commission.

Members of the Morgan County Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Committee are: Larry Schultz (Chair), Carol Coryea (Secretary), Linda Kjeldgaard, Mark Hann, Tim Seims, and myself, Jim Hoyt.

This site is not a government sanctioned site, and does not reflect the opinions of the Morgan County Commission or of the Marcellus Advisory Committee.

The Committee meetings are open to the public and are held every other Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Commission meeting room at the Morgan County Courthouse. Public comment is welcome at these meetings.