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5.1: Introduction

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    Technology and engineering are significant aspects of exploration for and production of hydrocarbons. Although there are risks associated with drilling and producing hydrocarbons from the subsurface, regulation, proper engineering, and inspection combine to make the process as safe as possible. Still, members of the public commonly perceive these risks as unacceptable and some continue to oppose further development of shale gas. The present lesson explores the timeline of development for drilling a typical shale gas well in Pennsylvania and outlines the components required for selecting a suitable site and drilling and completing one or more wells from a single well pad, as well as outlining the role of regulation in limiting the risk of accidents, spills, and other potential hazards.

    This page titled 5.1: Introduction is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Marcellus Matters (John A. Dutton: e-Education Institute) via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.