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Natural Gas From Shale: Making The Difference

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 27, 2011

People in Williamsport, Pa., have an easy explanation for city's current economic bloom: natural gas from shale.

The city in the state's center, perhaps best known for hosting the annual Little League World Series, once was a thriving lumber center but in recent decades had seen economic decline. Now natural gas production, using hydraulic fracturing to tap the Marcellus Shale formation, has transformed it into one of the fastest growing communities in the country. Here's a video that captures Williamsport's story:

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Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.