Microbes in Marcellus shale could boost natural gas regeneration

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratories (NETL) have found that the Marcellus shale formation may be a rich source for microbial life that “could help refill the important domestic natural gas reservoir by producing methane,” reports Oil and Gas Journal. The news site says NETL research suggests that some species of tiny “worker microbes” known as extremophiles that live in the extreme conditions of the Marcellus shale formation may also be methanogens (meaning they produce methane). NETL said this discovery has important implications for energy production because a biogenic source of methane would mean faster regeneration of natural gas in shale and the potential for secondary gas recovery. For more, read the full story.

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