These are tough times for natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania, the center of the Marcellus Shale. A persistent glut of natural gas has led to a price free-fall below $2 per Mcf with little hope for a speedy rebound.

In 2013, I was among several energy writers included in a state-sponsored tour where we visited several businesses benefiting from Marcellus development as well as with energy industry executives, university representatives and Pennsylvania government officials eager to tout their breath-taking gas discovery.

The Marcellus was still in its infancy and expectations were of an unlimited future that would place the growing shale play among the world leaders for natural gas production for years, if not decades.

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