University of Maryland Extension

Marcellus Shale Development and Drinking Water (FS-949)

Water is a valuable resource. Many homeowners are concerned about natural gas development associated with the Marcellus Shale formation and their private water supply. This informational sheet is designed to provide citizens with private water supplies an understanding of potential water quality impacts, pertinent water testing parameters, general water quantity and quality monitoring procedures, and laboratory resources related to natural gas development.

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