Category Archives: Event

Open forum on oil and gas leases at Ohio University-Chillicothe set for 2 p.m. Tuesday

CHILLICOTHE — Ohio University-Chillicothe will seek input from campus faculty, staff, students and the public regarding a potential lease of Ohio University Chillicothe Campus land for oil and gas production at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The forum is being conducted in accordance with Ohio House Bill 133, which requires public universities in Ohio to conduct an inventory of all properties to determine their eligibility for potential oil and gas leasing.

Speakers will be asked to sign in and will be allowed three to five minutes to speak. The forum is an opportunity to provide input; it is not a debate. Notes will be taken, and written comments will be collected. All comments will be compiled for presentation to the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

January 27, 2012 – “Catching the Wave: Economic Impact & opportunities” Forum

“Catching the Wave: Economic Impact & opportunities” forum is scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2012. It will be at the Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front Street, Marietta, OH 45750.

Doors open at 11:00am; Buffet starts at 11:30am (lunch is sold out)

The agenda follows: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Luncheon and Opening Remarks Welcome: Charlotte Keim, Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Linda Woggon, Ohio Chamber of Commerce Rebecca Heimlich, OERA (Ohio Energy Resource Alliance) Mayor Joe Matthews, City of Marietta Commissioner Steve Weber, Washington County Representative Andy Thompson , Ohio 93rd District

1:10pm – 1:30pm Shale exploration, drilling and production: a brief overview Speaker: Rhonda Reda, OOGEEP 1:30pm – 2:20pm Catching the Wave: Opportunities for directly supporting exploration, drilling, production Panel: Bill Polacek, President and CEO of JWF Industries (a welding and fabrication shop located in western PA) Jack Pounds, Ohio Chemistry Council Shawn Bennett, Energy In Depth Scott Miller, Ohio University

2:30pm – 3:20pm Catching the Wave: Business and Entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the Industry Panel: J. R. Shaw, Executive Director, Washington County (PA)Tourism Promotion Agency Amy Rutledge, Executive Director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

3:30pm – 4:20pm The Bigger Picture: Opportunities and Challenges Panel: David Mustine, JobsOhio Professor Bob Chase, Marietta College Tom Stewart, OOGA

4:30pm – 5:00pm Congressman Bill Johnson

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Reception Reservations are required:Call the Marietta Area Chamber at 740-373-5176 or email your name, business name and phone number to

Public invited to info sessions on fracking – The Marietta Times

With hydraulic fracturing – also known as fracking – expected to be used in the coming years to tap into Marcellus and Utica shale deposits in the Mid-Ohio Valley, several different organizations have planned events meant to answer questions and spark conversation about the oil and gas boom that is coming.

Marietta College is hosting a community event series on the topic, with the first event scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the college’s Alma McDonough Auditorium.

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Public invited to info sessions on fracking – | News, Sports, Jobs, Ohio, Community Information – The Marietta Times.

Free Public Event Jan 28, 2012 – Featuring Calvin Tillman from Gasland

This event was passed on to us from several people in the Athens area. Below is an e-mail from Rachel Hyden of the Sierra Club.

Join the community and public officials to meet and hear presentations by two speakers who have lived through the fracking industry’s recent developments in Texas and West Virginia.

Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, Texas,  who is featured in the award winning film Gasland, will speak about his own family’s health deterioration in the midst of fracking pollution as well as what communities can do to better protect themselves.  Dr. S. Thomas Bond, a retired teacher with a Ph.D in inorganic chemistry who lives on a 500 acre farm in Central West Virginia, will focus on connections between land ownership and environment, and a concept from economics, the externalization of costs as related to shale drilling.

The event is on Saturday, January 28 and begins at 2 p.m. in Morton Hall Room 237. A moderated question and answer period will follow, concluding between 4 or 4:30.  Elected officials from Athens and throughout Southeast Ohio have been invited and will be provided with reserved seating at the front.  A reception at Jackie O’s following the event at 5 p.m. will expand the opportunity to engage these two privately, and for you to get valuable information to help us here in Athens.

Please invite anyone and everyone you know!

Thank you!

Morton Hall is located on the campus of Ohio University at Stewart St and Van Vorhes. Google Maps can find it if you type in Morton Hall, Athens Ohio

No RSVP is needed.

Public Event in Vinton County: The Process & Impacts of Horizontal Drilling and Leasing Farmland for Oil

Vinton county OSU Extension and Vinton County SWCD are hosting a meeting on The Process & Impacts of Horizontal Drilling and Leasing Farmland for Oil 2/22/12 in McArthur. If you have not seen Chris or Clif present, you may want to attend this meeting. They do a fantastic job covering the basics of Hydraulic Fracturing, Leasing Information, and what they have learned from Eastern Ohio and from colleagues in Pennsylvania. Reservations are required.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012
6:30-8:30 PM at the Community Building in McArthur 31935 State Route 93
Leasing farmland for oil & gas production is experiencing a revitalization.
Speculators and land brokers are attempting to secure leases of large blocks of
land. Leasing and drilling activity is expected to increase in our area.
This educational workshop has been developed to help landowners better understand
an Oil & Gas Lease, the process and the impacts of drilling.

Clif Little, Extension Educator, Guernsey Co.
Chris Penrose, Extension Educator, Morgan Co.

Call OSU Extension, Vinton County (596-5212) or
Vinton SWCD (596-5676) by February 17th
This program is for educational purposes only.

Oil and Gas Lunch and Learn at Ohio University January 19th

January 19th, 2012 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*

Ohio University Innovation Center
340 West State Street, Room 103
Athens, OH 45701

*Pizza Provided

Register Today: Free
Contact Trenia Twyman to register by
12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17th
call: (740) 597-1460

The region is experiencing rapid development in oil and gas exploration that could shortly approach wild west or boom town proportions. In Oil and Gas Development – We Have the Answers, It’s the Questions We Don’t Know Yet,

Dale Arnold, Director of Energy Services for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation since 1995, will explore series of questions energy developers, legal counsels and landowner associations need to address as local leaders and residents make business and planning decisions impacting their farms, homes and community.
Dale represents farm, small business and residential energy consumers on utility advisory boards focusing on demand side management/energy efficiency. He has served on local, state and national working groups focusing on technical evaluation, education/outreach, and community planning, all dealing with energy. He has served on task forces leading to creation of Ohio’s Advanced Energy Initiative as detailed in SB 221, and utility scale wind farm siting guidelines

Lunch and Learn Details – PDF

Dec 07 – 6:00pm Public Service Presentation to Examine Oil and Gas Leases in Southeast Ohio

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.”

Contact Rachel Hyden at for questions, or visit for more information.

Fracking Information Group (FIG) offers a tour to Wetzel County, WV

Below is a message from Rachel Hyden, of The Sierra Club in Athens, Ohio who are offering a tour to Wetzel County this Saturday.

here is a link from a local News Station about some of the water concerns in Wetzel,-residents-say-water-has-gone-bad

The article highlights the importance of water sampling pre and post drilling. Also, Ohio does require the mix of chemicals be disclosed on MSDS sheets located with ODNR – see our toolkit for more info.

From Rachel….

Also, don’t forget Athens Fracking Interest Group and the Appalachian Ohio Sierra Club are sponsoring a tour of Wetzel, WV this Saturday. For those of you who don’t know, Wetzel has been hit hard by hydraulic fracturing, and the activists in the area are kind enough to take us around and show us the operations. The tour will leave at 7:30 a.m. from Athens and will be arriving home around 6 p.m. It’s a long day but those who went on the tour a few weeks ago say it’s very much worth it. This is a chance for us to see a fracking operation up close and personal, which will serve as a great educational opportunity. Send me an email (this email or if you’re interested in coming, preferably by Thursday, Nov 10. 

Upcoming Event: Shale Gas: Is Responsible Development an Oxymoron?

November 2, 2011
7:00 pm
Bentley Hall 124, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Nov 2, 2011 Event PDF
Shale gas has been called a game
changer in the search towards
cleaner-burning fossil fuels, energy
independence and economic security.
But concerns regarding ground and
surface water contamination, harmful
air emissions, toxic chemicals used
in frack fluids, wide-spread ecosystem
disturbance and drains on community
services and infrastructure, among
others, are legitimate grounds for

Before the nation forges
ahead with wholesale leasing and
development, including in
environmentally or culturally special
places, we must ensure that
development occurs responsibly in a
manner that minimizes risks to the
greatest extent possible.

This talk will discuss models for state and
federal regulation, as well as best
management practices, that can and
should be employed to protect human
health and the environment from the
myriad impacts associated with
hydraulic fracturing and will raise the
question of whether minimizing risk
is sufficient, or whether, in certain
places, drilling should not occur at all.

Ohio University
Institute for Applied and
Professional Ethics Lectures


Elizabeth Paranhos Consulting Attorney,
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Law Consultant,
deLoneLaw, Inc.

Cunningham Energy to hold meetings this weekend – LB4UL encourages landowners NOT to sign leases on the spot.

Cunningham Energy, an O&G business out of Charleston, WV is holding meetings this weekend in Athens, Marietta, and Cambridge. Their advertisement (see below) states that the first 100 landowners who sign a lease with them will receive a free gift.

Look Before you Lease encourages landowners to not sign on the spot. If you are interested in hearing about Cunningham’s plans to move into Ohio, and learn about their offer, that is one thing, but please remember:

  • You should have an oil and and gas attorney work with you to develop a lease that favors you – the landowner (that means reviewing any all all offers from a company).
  • From our experience a companies first offer is usually not their best offer.

What we have heard through the grapevine is that they are probably interested in drilling two exploratory wells in the area. They have partnered with a larger firm out of Toronto to help them move into Ohio and into the Marcellus and Utica Formations

Click to see Cunningham’s Ad