West Virginia lies above one of the largest Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits on the East Coast. As landowners and community members began questioning WVU Extension agents about this topic, the WVU Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit formed a team to develop educational programming about natural gas exploration in the Marcellus shale.

Team members include county extension agents, WVU geologists and water quality experts, representatives of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and representatives from industry, community, and environmental groups. The WVU Extension Service hosts educational programs within counties and communities across the state.