New Website Levels the Playing Field in Marcellus Shale Debate Makes it Easy to Stay Informed

HARRISBURG, Pa.--()--A new website aimed at organizing the avalanche of information on all things Marcellus Shale was announced today by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC).

“MarcellusFacts” (, scours the internet continuously for news and information on Marcellus Shale and aggregates it into an easy-to-read format. Material is gathered from such sources as Google News, RSS feeds and audited news sites, and organized into a clear and concise format for computers or smartphones.

“There is so much information about Marcellus Shale in cyberspace that it has become very difficult to manage it all,” says PEC president Paul M. King. “Our goal in creating MarcellusFacts is to simplify the challenge of being well-informed on this issue and to make the people of Pennsylvania better participants in the public process.”

The content aggregated in MarcellusFacts is drawn from a variety of sources in the Marcellus Shale gas industry, nonprofit environmental organizations, Pennsylvania newspapers, Google News, universities, as well as PEC’s own website. PEC does not filter the content or provide any subjective commentary on any of the articles.

“We felt it was important to present unedited information from all sides of this debate, including our own,” said PEC’s King. “This way, the public can easily compare what the industry is saying to what we’re saying and what editorial writers think.”

In addition to a constant stream of news and information, MarcellusFacts also includes a Twitter feed from Pennsylvania Environmental Digest. MarcellusFacts is also social media-enabled with Twitter and Facebook to allow for real-time discussions among users about news and issues.

There is no requirement to be a subscriber to MarcellusFacts, there is no charge for its use, and PEC does not accept advertising for the site.

MarcellusFacts was developed with the support of the Colcom Foundation.

About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is a statewide organization that brings people, government and business together to find real world solutions for environmental challenges. These solutions bring about sustainable communities, protect our water resources, and address energy and climate issues. The Council was founded in 1970 and serves the entire state through offices in Meadville, Luzerne, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia.

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Release Summary

Pennsylvania Environmental Council announces new website, which aggregates news and information on Marcellus Shale into one easy-to-read format.


Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Bob Oltmanns, 412-721-0236