Author

Erin Sevatson

Date of Award

11-18-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Marcellus Shale in West Virginia, statistical analysis, spatial analysis, correlation between leased acres and number of wells, horizontal wells

Department

Geography

Abstract

Over the last decade, the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia has seen a rapid rise in exploitation of resources. The boom is undeniable but the reasons behind the success stories remain debatable. What factors have led to successes for operators in the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia? Statistical and spatial analysis can aid in making that determination. Statistical analysis will focus on correlating leased acreage numbers to drilled and producing well data to demonstrate the correlation between leased acres and number of wells. Spatial Analysis will be used to determine the areas with the highest prevalence of drilled and producing horizontal wells.

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