Saturday, February 12, 2011

Marcellus presentation on 2/17

A public service announcement from the University of Maryland extension service.

The University of Maryland extension-Allegheny County will present Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling in Our Community on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Allegheny County Fairgrounds.

Drilling in Marcellus shale for natural gas has already begun in the neighboring states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Feb. 17 program will provide educational opportunities to help property owners and environmentalists make informed land-use decisions.

This presentation will include basic information about the geology of the Marcellus shale; drilling techniques used to extract natural gas from shale, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing; and how drilling may topographically affect communities.

Time will be spent identifying and discussing the environmental, economic, and social changes that this industry can bring, both positive and negative. A question and answer session is scheduled at the end of the agenda.

--Submitted by Windy Cutler

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