Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

Garrett County Montage

Seismic Exploration


Prior to drilling, gas developers study the specific geologic conditions beneath the ground, and whether it has the potential to produce natural gas. Geophysicists use both two- and three-dimensional seismic testing approaches to learn about underground rock formations such as the Marcellus and Utica Shale. They use seismic trucks, often called 'thumper trucks' to generate geologic images of the sub-surface. Such testing cannot determine what's in the rock. For that they have to do exploratory drilling.

For more...

  1. Exploration
  2. Movers, shakers of shale: Seismic testing adapts to Western Pa.
  3. Seismic Testing for Marcellus Shale