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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gas Task Force To Focus On State Forest Land, Texas Parallels

texasmatthews1A summary of natural gas drilling on state forest land and a look at a region in Texas that has been transformed by a gas boom will highlight the next meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force, to be held at 7 pm Tuesday in the Gunzburger Building. The meeting is open to the public. Ron Doughtie from the Susquehannock State Forest District will discuss the status of gas exploration and production on state forest land in Potter County.

Doughtie points out that the mineral rights on a sizable portion of state-owned land are privately owned and some companies are beginning to exercise their right to drill. Additionally, the state is leasing some state forest land parcels for gas production as a revenue source, a trend which is expected to increase.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is a report from Commissioner Paul Heimel on his recent trip to Texas, where he met with local officials, energy company representatives and others to assess the impact of the rapid natural gas industry growth there.

Development of horizontal drilling techniques and new technology that allowed companies to tap into gas resources located in Barnett Shale formations in North Texas is also driving energy companies to tap natural gas held in the Marcellus Shale subsurface in northern Pennsylvania.

Among Heimel’s contacts in Texas was Johnson County Commissioner John Matthews (above), who has been consulting with several county officials in Pennsylvania and has some suggestions to share as the Marcellus Shale gas production increases.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda are reports from study committees on employment and training, public safety, taxation, water quality, public education and township/planning issues.

Those planning to attend the meeting should enter the Gunzburger Building, a former school on North Main Street in Coudersport, by using the Water Street entrance.


Anonymous said...

Having alot of trouble following the agenda of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force.
Although this may all be well intended....To what end???
As I look at the list of study committees,(unless I missed something)don't we have agencys already in place in the county,and the state,and the federal government, (that are tax funded)that have the job,and are experienced, in dealing with these issues?
Public safety-maybe-(in areas not already covered by an agency)
Taxation-Seems to be a county job.
(No task force needed)
The rest appear to already be covered by tax funded agencys.
Shouldn't county govermnent be trying to find a way to facilitate the industry.(i.e. more businesses = more jobs = more revenue?)
I don't think the task force has a leg to stand on as an oversight group above township supervisors,state agencys and federal agencys.
Could someone explain this to me,as I must have missed something.

Anonymous said...

Do you see that deer on the wall? Bet he didnt get that thing around here. Take me home COUNTRY roads!