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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Potter County Commissioners To Appoint Natural Gas Task Force

Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel will appoint a Natural Gas Task Force to advise government leaders and other interested parties on the many issues surrounding the dawning Marcellus shale gas rush in the region.

A steering committee will soon gather to develop the operating procedures and discuss possible appointees. Anyone who would like to be considered as a volunteer to serve on the committee is asked to contact the commissioners at (814) 274-8290 or send an email to Commissioner Paul Heimel at pheimel@pottercountypa.net.

Gas companies have begun to establish a major presence in Potter County to arrange leases with county landowners. Potter County is located astride a geologic formation known as the Marcellus shale, which stretches across a large segment of northern and western Pennsylvania, continuing into several neighboring states.

To access the gas deposits located deep underground in the Marcellus shale formations, producers must drill thousands of feet and then “hydrofracture” the shale through the injection of millions of gallons of water with additives.

The purpose of the Natural Gas Task Force is to identify key issues; conduct research; review and propose public policy regarding the economic, environmental and social impact of gas exploration of the Marcellus shale in Potter County; and educate the public on gas exploration and related topics.

Following research into the operations of similar organizations, the task force will develop the following committees to conduct more in-depth study:

–Environmental Protection
–Public Education
–Economic Development
–Public Policy and Legal Issues; Planning; Safety

13 comments :

Anonymous said...

gee wiz, now there's a surprise.

Anonymous said...

first the commissioners were
wind farm experts,now they are
gas well experts,they ought to
quit wasting our money.they
can,t do what they were elected
to do.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter who is in there ! Some of you can do so much better than anybody else! Run for office! It's easy!! Brad

Anonymous said...

These commissioners are doing what they were elected for -To protect the Health, Safety and Welfare of the people of Potter County.

I am sure that the two people that always bash the commissioners will make several more comments below, but the bottom line is the People of Potter County appreciate , and support the commissioners efforts to protect this beautiful area!!

J. P. Dildine said...

I think our commissioners are doing a great job and I they have my full support.

Anonymous said...

everything else the commissioners do is a paid position...So now why isn't this.........Who has the time to volunteer...

Anonymous said...

I agree with J.P.!

Anonymous said...

Isn't there anything the commissioners are qualified to do without a committee to tell them? I mean, I appreciate their lack of knowledge, however one can always learn!

Anonymous said...

Since when is forming a committee a BAD thing? Again, it seems like the same 2 or three people (and we know who you are) are looking for any reason to bad mouth the commissioners. They have done a tremendous amount of research and very positive things since being in office.They are here to stay and then some! Thank you Paul, thank you Doug, and thank you Susan for your conscientious dedication to our issues.

Anonymous said...

Short of getting an education on the drilling business,am still trying to figure out why they are wasting the time and money?Just like the turbines,this is up to the townships.Besides,doesn't Potter have a redevelopment athority that already has the job of overseeing development?Shouldn't they be the ones forming a committe within the authority ?Call me confused.Too many fingers will spoil the pie.

Anonymous said...

"(and we know who you are)"...better take note, they KNOW who you are! Ha good one...

Anonymous said...

Maybe that ought to have a who's,who committee...

Anonymous said...

Seriously, can't these three people do "anything" themselves? And where in the world has the Fourth Commissioner been hiding?