Shale Webinar Looks at Natural Gas Pipeline Projects, Trends and Pipeline Legislation

As unconventional well production has grown exponentially over the past few years, getting natural gas to market is of key concern.  Dave Messersmith, Penn State Extension educator with the Marcellus Education Team, will discuss major pipeline projects, industry trends, and recent and pending pipeline legislation during the Oct. 17 monthly Shale webinar series.

This month’s webinar, “Pennsylvania Natural Gas Pipeline Roundup” will be held from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 17.  Messersmith will discuss some of the major transmission line projects in Pennsylvania, explore recommendations from the 2012 Pipeline Placement Report that was authorized by Act 13 and examine the Pipeline Safety Act and currently proposed Senate bills dealing with pipeline.

As part of the Marcellus Education Team, Messersmith has developed a special interest in natural gas pipeline and midstream infrastructure.  He authored the Marcellus Education Fact Sheet, “Negotiating Pipeline Rights-of-Way in Pennsylvania” and has spoken on the subject nationally and internationally. “Pipeline construction across the Commonwealth is likely to continue at a rapid pace for the next several years. Now is the time, as this infrastructure build out is taking place, to get it right,” according to Messersmith.

Presented by Penn State Extension’s Marcellus Education Team, the monthly webinars are offered from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursdays. Upcoming planned topics include:

  • Nov 21, Bradford County Community of Planning:  Resources for the Community, Ray Stolinas, planning director, Bradford County Office of Community Planning and Grants
  • Dec 19, Drilling and Pipeline Cuttings Reclamation, Averill Rance, vice president, EH&S, and Daniel Mueller, general manager, Drilling Services, Clean Earth

Registration for the webinars is not necessary, and all are welcome to participate by logging in to . 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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