Anyone with interest in the natural gas industry in Potter County may want to circle the calendar for two events on Tuesday night, Sept. 8. Members of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force will meet at 7 pm in the county’s Gunzburger Building with a full agenda. Guest speaker will be Jan Jarrett, president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture), one of the state’s leading environmental advocacy organizations.
Her presentation will acknowledge the economic development potential of Marcellus shale natural gas production while reinforcing the need for environmental oversight and local government involvement. PennFuture has taken positions in favor of a severance tax and in opposition to broad-scale gas development on state forest and game lands.
Meanwhile, emergency responders, local government officials and others with an interest in safety issues surrounding the natural gas industry are invited to attend a free Safety Awareness Training Program, at the Coudersport Firehall, starting at 5:30 pm. Speakers will also cover topics such as communication between the industry and local leaders, safe digging and damage prevention for underground utilities, incident planning and response scenarios, rights-of-way and related topics. More information on that program is available by calling toll-free 1-866-577-1162. Potter County Today