From the Ohio State University Extension:
The Ohio State University Extension is hosting a community education workshop on shale energy development on Nov. 10.
"Shale and You: A Workshop for Landowners and Communities" will be held at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge, 1-6 p.m.
Registration is $10 and must be received by Monday, Nov. 5, by the Guernsey County office of OSU Extension in Old Washington, Ohio. Registration forms with the office's address and other details can be downloaded (PDF) at http://go.osu.edu/shaleandyouPDF or by going to http://shalegas.osu.edu and clicking on the "Shale and You" event under "Upcoming Extension Events."
"What we hope to do is help landowners and community leaders make the best decisions possible," said Peggy Hall, assistant professor and OSU Extension field specialist in agricultural and resource law.
"We're not attempting to discuss the pros and cons of such development -- that's something for individuals and policy-makers to consider," Hall said. "As an educational institution, OSU Extension simply aims to provide relevant information to help inform those who are dealing with shale energy development."
The workshop includes the following presentations:
The program ends with "What If Problems Arise?" featuring a panel of Extension educators and moderated by Dale Arnold of the Ohio Farm Bureau.
In addition, tables with information in the lobby of the auditorium will be staffed throughout the afternoon to allow participants to get more information on issues they are specifically concerned about, Hall said.
"OSU Extension has been a leader in providing educational programs to landowners and community leaders who are being confronted with what are sometimes very difficult decisions about this issue," Hall said. "We've offered more than a hundred educational sessions on topics such as lease agreements and pipeline easements in the last two years and have reached more than 12,000 people. But this is the first time we've pulled together a program with so much of our expertise in one place. I think it will be a valuable program for anyone interested in learning more about these issues."
The workshop is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's North Central Region Risk Management Education Center.
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