Faces of the Marcellus Shale

Photos by John Beale Faces of the Marcellus Shale
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In the past several years, ancient organic matter trapped more than a mile beneath the surface of the earth has changed life in Greater Pittsburgh.


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The vast deposits of natural gas deep in rock are known collectively as the Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus has softened the Great Recession and brought a cash infusion to previously strapped landowners. It has heightened awareness and concern about the value and the safety of our region’s water supplies. And it has ignited a debate about how best to profit from, protect against, and prepare for an energy source that promises to change the nature of commerce and culture in our region. What follows are the faces of some of the stakeholders in this transformative issue.

John Beale

A former Pittsburgh Post-​Gazette photographer, John Beale teaches photojournalism at Penn State University. His recent freelance photography for The Associated Press has been published by many major newspapers, magazines and websites across the country; ranging from Sports Illustrated to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. His photography has been included in more than a dozen books and has been honored with numerous regional and national awards.

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