The Boom

A decade ago, natural gas drilling came to Towanda, Pennsylvania. The town has never been the same.


StateImpact Pennsylvania visited Towanda in 2012 to see how the Marcellus Shale boom was changing the town.

Explore StateImpact Pennsylvania's 2012 visit to Towanda here

Learn more about the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania

About this project

“After the Boom” was published 6/1/16. It was reported by StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Marie Cusick and photographed by Ian Sterling. Motion/interactive design by WITF’s Tom Downing.

Music: “Fireside” by Dominik Johnson, “What Has Passed” by Paul Lawler, "II //\\ II" by Discount Fireworks. Historical Towanda photos courtesy of the Bradford County Historical Society. Associated Press photos: workers on rig in Burlington Pa., Ralph Wilson. Fracking pump, Keith Srakocic. Aubrey McClendon, AP File. Memorial at Aubrey McClendon crash site, Sue Ogrocki. White markings on road, Sue Ogrocki.

Additional photographs by WHYY’s Lindsay Lazarski, WITF’s Joe Ulrich, Marie Cusick, and Scott Detrow.

Pennsylvania rig count data is from Baker Hughes. Henry Hub natural gas prices from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s original “Boomtown” project was published 12/6/12. It was reported by StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Scott Detrow and photographed by NPR’s Becky Lettenberger.