The Marcellus Shale could meet all the United States’ natural gas needs for more than two years, according to some geologists. With energy prices reaching record highs, at least nine companies are trying to lock up leases to drill in the Marcellus Shale, which lies as much as 9,000 feet beneath the earth’s surface under New York, Pennsylvania and the southern Appalachian states. The drilling has generated quite a bit of opposition. The sign above is taken from the local saying, “Ithaca: Ten Square Miles Surrounded By Reality.”