Webinar looks at expanding distribution of natural gas from shale formations

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Developing ways to get natural gas to Pennsylvania industries will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

The presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, will feature Yves Pollart, a project engineer with Compass Natural Gas Partners, who will discuss the topic of mobile pipelines.

According to Pollart, in the first quarter of 2016, Pennsylvania produced more than 4.1 billion cubic feet per month of natural gas, yet more than half of the state lacks access to the use of natural gas.

"While there are many large-scale pipeline projects in the works, we'll analyze how businesses outside of areas providing natural gas can take advantage of this energy source," he said.

"Utilizing Pennsylvania's natural gas resources promotes job growth and domestic energy development for the commonwealth and beyond. Compressed natural gas -- or CNG -- is one way to use this resource. We'll cover what CNG is, the mobile pipeline concept, the components of a CNG terminal and the safety of CNG."

The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events webpage. More information is available on the website or by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or at cal24@psu.edu.

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming webinars include the following:

--Aug. 25: "Upper Green River Basin Disposal Pit Emission Study," presented by Richard Bowers, project engineer with GSI Environmental.

--Sept. 15: "Wind and Natural Gas as Energy Partners," presented by Michael Slattery, professor and director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Texas Christian University.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, covering a variety of topics, such as Act 13; seismic testing; methane emissions; water use and quality; natural gas liquids regional development; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

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Last Updated June 28, 2016