Marcellus Shale

The Marcellus Shale is a natural gas play.  If you are interested in reading more about Marcellus Shale, you can refer to the Penn State Natural Gas website here:

and  here:

Penn State has many resources available for your reference.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection also has a variety of information available, the Office of Oil & Gas Managment:

and the Bureau of Air Quality:

are responsible for most environmental issues related to the development and production of natural gas.

If you should encounter any kind of emergency/problem related to this development, please call the local DEP Office located in Wilkes-Barre, 570-826-2511.  This number also is in effect as an emergency number during the hours beyond normal business hours.


The first wells in Mehoopany Township were drilled in 2010.  Here is a current list of the ongoing well pads in the township:


  • EDF

  • FARR
  • FOX


Presently Chesapeake Energy is the only active well operator within the Township.  If you need to contact them, their local Towanda phone number is:  (570) 265-6525.

If you have survey ribbons on your property that have not been removed, feel free to contact them at the above number and request that the ribbons be removed.

Anyone who is going to do any digging must call 8-1-1 for PA ONE CALL.    Please do not take it upon yourself to know where these gathering lines are.  There are stiff penalties for those not adhering to the PA ONE CALL requirements.  Please be advised that  digging where there are gathering lines can be dangerous, and can result in the loss of life and/or property.  So please be certain to call PA ONE CALL 8-1-1 before digging.  

Homeowners planning to dig can refer to:


Excavators planning to dig can refer to:

Information for Emergency Responders:


Access Midstream is the primary gathering operator in Mehoopany Township.  Their pipeline safety website may be accessed here:

The PUC has jurisdiction over some but not all gathering lines in rural areas.  Currently, most rural gathering lines remain unregulated by both the Commonwealth and the Federal Government.

If you have a pipeline emergency, please call 9-1-1.  

Gathering line operators will also place markers along their right of way.  Do not determine that is the location of the line.  You must call 8-1-1 PA ONE CALL before you dig.  Emergency numbers are also located on these markers.

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