The Problem
The Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania and across the Northeast is a thriving business. According to the Pennsylvania DEP as of 2011 there are 1,920 Marcellus Shale wells and 3,337 drilling permits in the state. Many of these Marcellus Shale sites are in remote areas and are totally unprotected from vandalism and theft. Not only does the present potential loss in damaged equipment or stolen materials but it also opens up communities to very real environmental threats. This problem is so severe that many municipalities are writing ordinances requires Marcellus Shale drilling companies to provide some site security. Since many Marcellus Shale drilling sites are in remote locations without power Internet there are few options for protection.