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UDC and NPS to Co-sponsor May 21 Public Forum on Natural Gas Issues

HONESDALE – The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) and National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (NPS) will co-sponsor a free Public Information Forum on Natural Gas Issues on Wednesday, May 21, from 7-9 p.m. in the Honesdale Middle School gymnasium, located on Grove Street in Honesdale, PA.

The objective of this Pennsylvania-focused forum is to present factual information on natural
gas and its exploration methodologies, extraction techniques, the DEP’s regulatory authority, potential environmental impacts, and the execution of mineral rights leases by property owners.

Speakers will include:

  • Patrick O’Dell, a petroleum engineer with the National Park Service (NPS) Geologic Resources Division;
  • Ron Gilius, director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Bureau of Oil and Gas Management;
  • Wes Gillingham, program director of the Catskill Mountainkeeper non-profit organization;
    and
  • Lester Greevy, Esq., a specialist in mineral rights law from Williamsport in Lycoming
    County, PA.

Following delivery of their remarks, the panel will participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience.