Marcellus Shale natural gas webinar series to start Sept. 13

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A new series of monthly, Web-based seminars covering issues related to Marcellus Shale natural-gas production will kick off Sept. 13.

Offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the first webinar will focus on trends in shale-gas development and will include updates on the Marcellus gas play. Tom Murphy, extension educator and co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, will be the presenter, with extension educator Dave Messersmith moderating the Sept. 13 session.

Murphy will present an analysis of shale-gas development, covering trends in rigs, production, pipelines and compliance. This broad overview is aimed at providing a good foundation for understanding what the future may hold in the development of this energy source.

Presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team, all of the monthly webinars will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, with time for questions and answers. Planned topics include the following:

-- Sept. 13: Overview and Analysis of Trends in Shale-Gas Development

-- Oct. 18: Reading Royalty Checks

-- Nov. 15: Natural Gas Utilization

-- Dec. 20: What All the Water Studies Mean: Putting Them Into Perspective

-- Jan. 17, 2013: Ethane Cracker Plant Impacts in a Community

-- Feb. 21, 2013: Environmental Organizations' Perspectives on Natural Gas Impacts on Forestry and Wildlife

Registration for the webinars is not necessary, and all are welcome to participate by logging in. For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at cal24@psu.edu.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website,covering topics such as Act 13, seismic testing, air pollution from gas development, water use and quality, zoning, gas-leasing considerations for landowners, gas pipelines and right-of-way issues, legal issues surrounding gas development, and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

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Last Updated September 13, 2012