Extension service to hold leasing meeting

PARKERSBURG – West Virginia University Extension Service is sponsoring an educational meeting for local landowners on Utica Oil and Gas leasing at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Parkersburg City Building.

The featured speakers will be Robert Chase, petroleum engineer from Marietta College, and Peggy Hall, director of the Agricultural and Rural Law Program at The Ohio State University.

“Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling is an important topic to landowners and other citizens of Wood County and the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said J.J. Barrett, West Virginia University Extension agriculture agent for Wood County. “WVU Extension wants to provide landowners factual information so they can make an informed choice.

”The Marcellus Oil and Gas are bringing jobs and economic growth into the Mid-Ohio Valley, but we also want to do what is best for our community and protect the environment.”

Chase is a professor and chairman of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology at Marietta College. Prior to coming to Marietta, he served as an assistant professor of petroleum engineering at West Virginia University from 1976 to 1978. He worked previously for Halliburton Services, Gulf Research and Development Company, and the Department of Energy and has served as a consultant to Columbia Gas, NiSource, Dominion Resources, EQT, Cabot Oil and Gas, and CONSOL Energy/CNX. He has published numerous technical papers in the areas of natural gas engineering and well testing, but his primary devotion has been to undergraduate petroleum engineering education.

Hall is senior research-policy associate and director of the Agricultural and Rural Law Program at The Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics. As director of the Agricultural and Rural Law Program, she provides legal research and outreach on agricultural and rural issues for OSU Extension through newsletters, training and workshops. Her primary areas of focus are civil liability, property law, animal law, land use law and environmental law. She teaches the Agricultural Law course and serves as legal director for the Center of Farmland Policy Innovation. Hall owns and operates a farm in Union County, Ohio, with her husband.

The Marcellus Shale is a rock formation 5,000-8,000 feet below the surface. It covers 95,000 square miles in parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and New York. It is considered the largest natural gas field in the continental United States with an estimated 489 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

For more information, call 304-424-1960.