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1 regulator for every 167 square miles

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Governor Corbet’s budget introduced no severance tax on the gas industry.  And it did not increase DEP staff charged with overseeing said industry.  So, let’s see …

The Marcellus Shale underlies approximately 75 percent of the state (Pennsylvania).  Pennsylvania’s land mass comprises approximately 45,000 square miles.  With some basic math, let’s say Pennsylvania has 33,750 Marcellus square miles.  That equals 167 square miles per regulator.  Or with a more common unit, one square mile equals 640 acres.  That leaves us with one regulator for every 106,930 acres.   Sounds about right.