Webinar Focuses on Shale Energy and Published Research on Water Impacts

The Penn State Extension Marcellus Education Team will be hosting a webinar, “Shale Energy and Water Impacts: A Review of Recently Published Research,” Thursday, Dec. 20. The webinar begins at 1 p.m. and lasts one hour.

David Yoxtheimer, P.G., Extension Associate, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), will take a look at some of the water impact research reports recently published and provide a better understanding of the findings.

“Water resource protection has been at the forefront of the environmental concerns associated with shale energy production,” said Yoxtheimer. “This webinar will review the implications from recent publications and identify areas where additional research efforts are needed.”

The webinar will be beneficial to all, including landowners, environmentalists, academia and legislators to have an increased awareness of current research findings and needs and how to interpret the information.

The December webinar is part of a monthly series offered for one hour on Thursdays. Upcoming topics include:

-Jan. 17: America’s New Industrial Revolution: A Renaissance for U.S. Chemical Manufacturing, with Dan Borne, LA Chemical Association
-Feb. 21: The Science behind Best-Management Practices, with Nels Johnson, director of the Nature Conservancy.

Registration for the webinars is not necessary, and all are welcome to participate by logging on. 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 Web site, covering a variety of 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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