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The Chesapeake region's drilling surge is escalating. The pace of drilling natural gas wells in a formation of black rock under Pennsylvania called the Marcellus Shale has multiplied more than eight fold over the last two years. This new map (above) shows that more than 1,700 natural gas wells have been drilled in the state over the last six months. Almost half of the wells (marked by the 822 red stars) are in the Marcellus Shale rock formation, which extends into New York, Maryland and West Virginia. The Marcellus formation was not seen as commercially viable for drilling until about... Continue »