Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Environmental network, Marcellus Shale, Network analysis, Qualitative analysis
This research identifies and analyzes the breadth and depth of the network of non-profit environmental organizations, sportsmen-oriented conservation groups, county conservation districts and state parks that advocate for or against Marcellus Shale drilling within northeastern and southwestern Pennsylvania where drilling occurs. The purpose of this study is to identify where resources are being mobilized and where environmental activities that focus on Marcellus Shale issues are underrepresented in the state. Results show that the counties with a higher number of gas wells do not necessarily have a higher level of environmental advocacy and that a lack of resources is a common barrier to this type of work. Organizations are better connected locally within the northeast. Counties which need to bolster their Marcellus Shale advocacy efforts in the northeast include: Carbon, Pike, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wayne; and in the southwest: Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Somerset and Washington.
Pischke, E. (2013). Advocacy Networks in the Marcellus Shale Area: A Study of Environmental Organizations in Northeastern and Southwestern Pennsylvania (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1050