Oil & Natural Gas

Marcellus Shale Resources

West Virginia is home of one of the largest Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits on the East Coast. As landowners and community members began asking questions of WVU Extension agents about this topic, we began our work to learn more, gather experts and create the resources to respond.

WVU Extension’s Educational Role

The WVU Extension Service’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit formed a team to develop educational programming about natural gas exploration in the Marcellus shale. Team members include county extension agents, WVU geologists and water quality experts, representatives of the DEP, and representatives from industry, community and environmental groups.
Initial funding for the educational programs is provided by Chesapeake Energy, EQT, and Dominion.


The growth and development of the Marcellus shale in West Virginia creates both opportunities and concerns for public and private landowners, local communities, and local and state governments.

West Virginia citizens and landowners have voiced many questions about the gas exploration process, fundamentals of leasing, and environmental concerns.

WVU Extension Service’s Goals and Objectives

WVU Extension Service’s oil and natural gas team will enhance programming to provide the expertise and knowledge that the citizens of West Virginia need to make informed decisions about the oil and natural gas industry.
View a complete list of goals and objectives

Additional Publications & Information

View a list of publications and web links to information surrounding

  • Exploration and Natural Gas Development
  • Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Exploration
  • Environmental Issues and Impacts
  • Regulation
  • Agenda and Locations of Educational Programs

Educational Programs & Presentations

Educational Programs
WVU Extension Service hosts educational programs within counties and communities across the state.

For a listing of upcoming sessions, view the Oil & Natural Gas Calendar on the right side of this screen or view them on the Educational Programs page.

View reviewed and approved PDF versions Presentations from expert speakers on a variety of topics.