Shale energy community education workshop planned for Nov. 10


CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Ohio State University Extension is hosting a community education workshop on shale energy development 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 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 at or by going to 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,” 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: Update on Ohio Shale Development and Activity by Chris Penrose, OSU Extension educator in Morgan County; Community and Strategic Planning by Eric Romich, OSU Extension field specialist in energy development; Tax Issues for Communities and Landowners by Dave Marrison, OSU Extension educator in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties; What to Do When Sudden Wealth Happens by Polly Loy, OSU Extension educator in Belmont County; Leasing Issues for Farms and Rural Land by Hall and Clif Little, OSU Extension educator in Guernsey County; Pumping the Product: Pipeline Easements and Construction by Mark Landefeld, OSU Extension educator in Monroe County and Chris Zoller, OSU Extension educator in Tuscarawas County; Natural Resource Issues: Where to Find Helpful Resources by Steve Schumacher, OSU Extension educator in Belmont County, and Mike Lloyd, OSU Extension educator in Noble County; and A Landowner’s Point of View, featuring Schumacher and a panel of landowners who have dealt with shale development directly.

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.

The workshop is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s North Central Region Risk Management Education Center. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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  1. If any attendee wants to challege with some of my experience/concerns below….here it is….

    I live in Arlington TX and when I found out this drilling was to be by my family, I studied the process full time for a good two years and in a nutshell, the technology is not there yet to do this safely by people. Even if they use electric instead of diesel rigs to drill, the diesel compressors and generators spew VOC’s.
    During fracturing, the sand catching pillow case/socks fail to mitigate toxic, silica dust exposing workers and residents/students into the neighborhoods/schools. And during flowback, even if they use Green Completions equipment (separator/pipeline), the topflow at the beginning stages of flowback allow hydrocarbons to escape from the OPEN HATCH flowback tanks. They need to use gas buster (degasser) equipment, but it is not mandated by any local,state or federal laws so even the EPA missed that one, so the un-sale-able/dirty gas is being vented into our airshed.
    There aren’t any rules either to mandate that the wells get flowed back right away after fracturing. The 3 wells frac’d by my house last month by the Cowboy Stadium will not be flowed back this year until the pipeline is in place, and so stale flowback (sour well) with dangerous sulfides emissions are very likely. This happened once before at another Chesapeake (Lynn Smith) drill site last March where 911 had to dispatch paramedics for Jean Stephens who was stricken in her own parking lot.
    Kim Feil
    817 274-7257

  2. Kim is right! People are too quick to rush to the MONEY and very slow to educate themselves about the deadly toxic chemicals that are used, the fresh water that becomes toxic (that can never be recovered), the hydrogen sulfide spewing in to the air(only visible with an infrared camera)–the massive industrialization that occurs in rural areas.

    People are listening to “studies” promoting how wonderful the Marcellus and Utica Shale can be for Ohio–yet these studies are NOT from independent sources–they are from the oil and gas industry or from a party that has investments in it! If you want to learn the truth, go to and search for Dr. Ingraffea, Doug Shields ( Go to Duke University–look for INDEPENDENT studies.

    Many people say they have not yet seen the deleterious health effects –these things take time but come they will. What will you do when you can no longer drink your water because it is so contaminated? What will you do when your well runs dry?

    Do you know and understand that the gas and oil industry is the ONLY industry in the United States that is EXEMPT from the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Superfund Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the National Environmental Policy Act? (from the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice). People, DO YOUR RESEARCH!

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