The week in Marcellus Shale news

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It's been a busy time for consumers of news about Marcellus Shale. President Obama talked about it in his State-of-the-Union speech, saying natural gas could fuel America for 100 years. The federal government downgraded the amount of recoverable fuel in the Marcellus Shale formation. Consol Energy, Chesapeake Energy and EQT Corp., among other companies, said the low price of natural gas meant they would cut back on the number of wells they're drilling in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh's WQED did an hour-long broadcast about the shale industry in the state. National Public Radio's 'On Point' spent an hour talking about various forms of energy, including natural gas, with host Tom Ashbrook asking: "Are we blundering into energy independence?"

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Where did all the shale gas go? | The Allegheny Front
Does America have the juice? | OnPoint
US set to require disclosure from 'frackers' | Financial Times
Shale drillers see slowdown as natural gas prices decline | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Why the clean tech boom went bust | Wired
Managing Macellus: Energy and economic impact | WQED