Patricia DeMarco Ph.D.

"Live in harmony with nature."

“Fracking” The Process presented at Fox Chapel Area Community Meeting 2-27-2018

As the build out of the Marcellus Shale extraction industry continues at a rapid pace in Pennsylvania, more communities are experiencing the effects of this industry in their communities.  The anticipated expansion to over 1,000 new extraction wells per year to feed the ethane cracker plant and associated petrochemical industry raises alarming concerns to citizens unprepared for the intense industrialization of formerly rural and residential communities.  This forum organized by a group of concerned citizens has a focus on presenting the facts in the context of community rights and options.  Knowledge is power. Holding local zoning officials accountable for public health and safety is an important part of this process.

My presentation “Fracking – Slick Water Hydraulic Fracturing Extraction of Natural Gas” begins at time 16:25 in the video below.

Thank you to Mark Dixon of Blue Lens, LLC for recording this session.

Thank you to Diane Peterson for organizing this community awareness gathering.

My slide presentation containing citations and resources for further information is below.



2-27-2018 Fracking- The Process

The last two slides contain citations and resources for more information.

Contact me at demarcop6 at for questions or comments.

My 15 minute presentation begins at 16:25 in the video below.