Drilling rigs and tanker trucks won't roll into the Southern Tier to extract wealth from the Marcellus Shale until pipelines have been laid to keep it flowing.

That will be no small task.

According to information from the state Department of Public Service, pipeline permitting applications could quadruple from current levels as multi-national energy companies lay the infrastructure to tap the Marcellus.

State regulators anticipate a network of them crisscrossing the Southern Tier to be built before Marcellus wells are developed.

That's far different from the process for conventional gas wells and it's another issue a limited number of state regulators will face with the Marcellus.

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