Webinar highlights county's effort to manage shale gas development

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- One northcentral Pennsylvania county's struggle to keep up with the demands of shale-gas development is the subject of a Web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.

Offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Bradford County Community Planning: Resources for the Community, will feature Ray Stolinas, planning director in Bradford County's Office of Community Planning and Grants.

When shale exploration and development began in Bradford County, local government was quick to understand the variety of impacts and considerations for the county and the need to keep the community informed of what this would mean for the area, according to Stolinas.

The county provides maps, guides and information for the public, as well as a recently developed community guide. In the webinar, he will discuss how the county provides this information and what other information can be provided by counties to help educate residents in the face of the shale-gas development onslaught.

"Since 2008, the Bradford County Planning Office, in conjunction with the Planning and Natural Gas Subcommittee, has strived to educate ourselves on natural-gas impacts and provide a baseline of information to county and local elected officials, residents, universities and planning representatives in neighboring states to assist in understanding the community change that has occurred due to the Marcellus play," Stolinas said.

"This information helps to provide a better picture of development over the years."

This webinar is one of a series of monthly, 60-minute sessions presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Planned future topics include the following:

-- Dec. 19 -- Drilling and Pipeline Cuttings Reclamation, featuring Averil Rance, vice president of EH&S, and Daniel Mueller, general manager of drilling services for Clean Earth.

-- Jan. 16 -- PA Wilds Design Guide Supplement for Oil and Gas Best Practices, featuring Jim Weaver, director, Tioga County Planning.

-- Feb. 20 -- A Look at Recent Well Waste and Production, featuring Dave Yoxtheimer, extension associate, and Matt Henderson, shale gas asset manager, both with the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

-- March 20 -- A Look at Land and Property Valuations with Shale Development, featuring Jeffrey Kern, senior appraiser for Resource Technologies Corp.

Registration for the webinars is not necessary. Participate by logging in to the website. 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 a variety of topics, such as the volume of gas in shale formations under Pennsylvania; Act 13; seismic testing; air pollution from gas development; water use and quality; natural gas liquids regional development; royalties; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; gas pipelines and right-of-way issues; legal issues surrounding gas development; the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland; and gas pipelines and pipeline project trends.

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Last Updated November 11, 2013