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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hiking the Marcellus trail

TIADAGHTON STATE FOREST - The sign on the Mid State Trail in Lycoming County stopped me in my tracks Tuesday morning during a three-day backpacking trip in north central Pennsylvania.

The posting by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said: "Environmentally Sensitive Area. Hiking Only."

Yet just a few hundred yards west of the trail, machines were bulldozing the mountaintop for a natural gas well in Pennsylvania's latest natural-resources bonanza, the Marcellus Shale, which resides more than a mile underground.Read More...

Hiking the Marcellus trail