What Shale Gas Drilling Looks Like Up Close

13 slides that give a rare glimpse (and explanation) of a complex industrial process that's changing America's energy landscape and people's lives.

Reporters and company representatives on a Seneca Resources well pad during the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources Shale Country Institute. Credit: Lisa Song, InsideClimate News

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Along with 17 other journalists, I spent much of last week at the Shale Country Institute hosted by the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources, which takes reporters into the field so they can better understand the subjects they’re covering. Our group traveled through much of the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, talking with industry representatives, regulators and residents affected by the drilling booms that have changed their lives and communities. The trip gave us rare access to nearly every step of the complex industrial process needed to extract deeply buried shale gas and transform it into a useable form of fuel.

Here’s a slideshow that takes you through the process (click to view):