Examining the Influences of Various Demographic Factors on the Location of Gas Wells in Pennsylvania

Students: Abbigail Jones

Faculty Adviser: Germán Mora

Abstract

In order to explore whether environmental justice concerns are associated with hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania, the abundance of the 26,493 gas wells in the Marcellus Shale was compared to different demographic factors. Statistical analysis suggests that population density and education attainment influence the location of gas wells.