There will be an informative presentation to discuss landowner-focused oil and gas leases in Southeast Ohio on Wednesday, December 7 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will be held at Athens High School Cafeteria, 1 Highschool Road, The Plains, and is free and open to all.
Paul Feezel of Carroll Concerned Citizens will discuss point-by-point guidelines to ensure genuine property protection. Information about how gas drilling leases can affect property use and value will be provided, and attendees will learn about the oil and gas drilling process and the affect it can have on a community.
Jen Bowman, Environmental Projects Manager at the Voinovich School at Ohio University, will speak about the potential sources of contamination that can occur during the drilling operations as well as the importance of testing private water sources such as wells and springs prior to shale gas and oil exploration. “It is important for folks to realize that there are not regulations in place to test water prior to drilling, during or after,” says Bowman. “In the case of surface and/or groundwater contamination, scientifically-defensible water quality testing results are needed prior to drilling to prove cause and effect from the drilling operation.”