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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Natural Gas Task Force Being Formed

marcellusInvitations are being extended to more than a dozen people to sit on a Natural Gas Task Force soon to be appointed by Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel.

First meeting of the organization has been set for 7 pm Tuesday, May 12, at the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building. Several individuals have expressed an interest in serving on the task force since the commissioners first announced their plans. Among those who have agreed to volunteer their time and expertise are a geologist, a watershed specialist, a natural gas developer, and a retired state hydrologist.

Tentative plans call for the task force to invite adjunct members with expertise in tax policy, public safety, roads and bridges, economic development and other subject areas to sit on sub-committees focused on public education, environmental issues and economics. Additional details will be discussed at the next commissioners’ meeting, to be held at 11 am Thursday, May 7, at the Gunzburger Building.

gaspipelineAppointment of the Natural Gas Tax Force is in response to the growing interest in production from the Marcellus shale formation, which holds a vast volume of natural gas deep underground in Potter and many other Pennsylvania counties. The impending rush on those gas resources could be an economic boon to the region. At the same time it raises serious issues about the water quality issues and the potential impact on roads and bridges.

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Anonymous said...

I thought regulating natural gas companies was the job of the DEC and Conservation District. Having a group of unqualified people overseeing an industry they know nothing about is another great idea by the esteemed commissioners

Anonymous said...

I don't think this task force will regulate the natural gas companies. I think the intention is to have this group of knowledgeable individuals from our community advise the commissioners on issues surrounding natural gas development. In all seriousness it sounds like a good idea, because it's an important issue for our county. I'm glad the current board is trying to get more people involved and engages the citizenry instead of just addressing critical issues with blinders on.

the Phantom said...


The poor commissioners. They're blamed for doing things without consulting others. So now they seem to want to consult others & they are still receiving criticism.

Anonymous said...

Potter County Commissioners Morley, Kefover and Heimel invited any and all interested to sit on this board we are very fortunate to have
a geologist, a watershed specialist, a natural gas developer, and a retired state hydrologist willing to donate their time to this matter.

It is a win win situation for all Potter County citizens.

Good job commissioners and thank you.

Anonymous said...

ditto...good job commissioners it makes a lot of sense.