A new website aimed at organizing the avalanche of information on all things Marcellus Shale was announced today by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
“MarcellusFacts” scours the Internet 24-hours-a-day for news and information on anything pertaining to the development of Marcellus Shale and aggregates it into an easy-to-read format. Source material is gathered from a variety of independent sources, such as Google News searches, RSS feeds and audited news sites, organized into a clear and concise format and displayed on a computer or smartphone.
“There is so much information about Marcellus Shale swirling around in cyberspace that it has become very difficult to manage it all,” says PEC president Paul M. King. “Our goal in creating MarcellusFacts is to simplify the challenge of being well-informed on this issue and to make the people of Pennsylvania better participants in the public process of Marcellus Shale development.”
The content aggregated in MarcellusFacts is drawn from a variety of sources in the Marcellus Shale gas industry, nonprofit environmental organizations, Pennsylvania newspapers, Google News, universities, as well as PEC’s own website. PEC does not filter the content or provide any subjective commentary on any of the articles collected and posted on its site.
“We felt it was important to present unedited information from all sides of this debate, including our own,” said PEC’s King. “This way, the public can easily compare what the industry is saying to what we’re saying and what editorial writers think.”
In addition to a constant stream of news and information, MarcellusFacts also includes a Twitter feed from Pennsylvania Environmental Digest. MarcellusFacts is also social media-enabled with Twitter and Facebook to allow for real-time discussions among users about the news and issues of the day.