Two Penn State Shale Webinars Scheduled for December

This month, the Penn State Marcellus Education Team will be holding two webinars, looking at a recently published paper on economic activity and drilling and pipeline cuttings reuse.

Penn State Center for Economic and Community Development (CECD) recently released a paper exploring changes in types of income at the local level associated with Marcellus Shale activity.  Timothy W. Kelsey, Penn State Co-director of the CECD and one of the authors of the paper, will discuss these findings.

Kelsey states, “Major findings include much large increases in total taxable income in many of the high drilling activity counties than in counties without shale gas activity.  Importantly, the increases in local income are largely due to lease and royalty dollars, which outpaced increases in gross compensation and profits. The data demonstrate that major economic benefits from Marcellus shale development are going to local residents, regardless of the presence of ‘non-local’ workers.”

The webinar, “Marcellus Shale and Local Economic Activity:  What the 2012 Pennsylvania State Tax Data Say” will be held from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 10.

“Drilling and Pipeline Cuttings Reclamation” will be the topic for the month’s second webinar from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 19.  Participant will join Averil Rance, vice president of Environmental, Health and Safety, and Daniel F. Mueller, general manager of drilling services with Clean Earth Inc., as they discuss their company’s unique operations in recycling drill and pipeline cuttings from shale development.  The company is permitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as a research and development facility.

Rance states, “As we enter Phase II of our Research & Development permit, we have made great progress in building data that supports the environmental benefits of this type of waste being recycled, to become not only a reusable product, but a reusable, sustainable product that benefits the environment.”

Penn State Extension’s Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming planned topics include:

  • Jan 16, PA Wilds Design Guide Supplement for Oil & Gas Best Practices, Jim Weaver, director, Tioga County Planning
  • Feb 20,    A Look at Recent Well Waste and Production, Dave Yoxtheimer, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach (MCOR) associate, and Matt                  Henderson, Shale Gas asset manager, Penn State MCOR
  • Mar 20,    A Look at Land and Property Valuations with Shale Development, Jeffrey R. Kern, senior appraiser, Resource Technologies Corp.

Registration for the webinars is not necessary at this time, and all are welcome to participate by logging in here. For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at

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; natural gas liquids regional development, royalties; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

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