Land-use webinar to focus on how communities manage the impacts of pipelines

March 06, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.  -- A webinar on how communities can help their residents better understand and manage natural gas pipeline activity and impacts will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Presenting the 75-minute webinar from noon to 1:15 p.m. March 15, will be John Gaadt, project engineer and owner of Gaadt Perspectives, and extension educator Dave Messersmith. “Pipelines and People: How Communities Can Better Understand and Manage Pipelines” is part of Penn State Extension’s Winter/Spring Land Use Webinar series that concludes May 17.

This presentation will provide an update on the major transmission pipeline projects in Pennsylvania as well as identify and explain common resident perceptions of pipeline development for communities impacted by the pipelines.

 “Major pipeline projects resulting from the boom in shale gas extraction have had significant impact on communities in their path,” Messersmith said. “Local governments can play an important role in keeping their citizens updated on pipeline projects and enabling them to make informed decisions about pipeline development in their communities.”

Local municipalities can address pipeline safety at the local level through best planning practices and ordinance regulation, according to John Gaadt. He noted that the webinar will address specific tools for pipeline planning and discuss pipeline safety, legal issues, state planning legislation obligations, comprehensive-planning concepts and local standards to assess impact and regulate pipeline-related activities.

Other topics and dates in the webinar series follow (all of these programs are recorded and available for viewing):

-- Jan. 18:  “Intergenerational Places and Spaces to Build Meaningful Relationships”

-- Feb. 15: “The Subdivision and Land Development Review Process in Pennsylvania”

-- April 12: “Planning with School Districts”

-- May 18: “Using Reverse Fiscal Impact Analysis in Pre-Disaster Planning”

The cost of the webinar series is $40 for all five and $75 for all five for those who want to receive certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association or Professional Engineers.

In addition, Registered Landscape Architects can receive continuing education credits for a fee of $45.

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at To register for the webinars, visit 

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Last Updated March 07, 2017