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2013 Marcellus Academy Presentations

Presentations from the third West Virginia Marcellus Academy are available for download in Adobe Acrobat format. These are the presenters’ PowerPoint slides shown during the Academy.

Health Issues
Mike McCawley, School of Public Health at WVU and in charge of measuring  air pollution effects from Marcellus drilling for a study for the WV DEP.

22-6A Horizontal Well Permitting
Gene Smith, Assistant Chief-Permitting, Office of Oil and Gas.

Marcellus Activities, Authority and Responsibilities
Rick Campbell, Inspector Supervisor, Office of Oil and Gas.

Problems with Fracking Waste and Green Hunter Appeal
Dr. Ben Stout, Professor of Biology at Wheeling Jesuit  University. The proposed Wheeling waste water facility.

Marcellus Monthly
Gloria Forouzan and John Detwiler, Marcellus Protest. Creating a communcation network between community action groups.

Watershed-Based Planning for Sustainability of Our Water Resources
Pam Dodds.

Air Permitting Issues Surrounding Natural Gas Compressor Stations
John King, Environmental Resources Analyst, Office of Environmental Advocate, WV DEP.

The WV Legislature -- Who’s Who, How It Works [handout]
Charlotte Pritt. The former state senator speaks on how to develop a relationship with a legislator, rule maker, commissioner or other power broker so that when we need their influence or vote, we get it? Take a legislator to a well or disposal site or have one take you.

Diane Pitcock, West Virginia Host Farms Project. Linking WV landowners to the media and the environmental community to illustrate the impact of Marcellus Shale  gas drilling on the community.

Plotting Well Pads
Bill Hughes, Wetzel County Action Group. Plotting well pads in Google Earth, published public legal notices, court house tax maps, well applications with well plats, property access permission forms, topographic and highway maps.

Truck and Equipment Identification
Bill Hughes, Wetzel County Action Group. What drilling phase is happening when certain trucks and equipment converge at a well site?  What they are, what they do, where they’re going, what do we look for and what to do with what we find.

Split Estates and Surface Owner Perceptions of Shale Gas Drilling
Alan Collins, Professor and Assistant Director, Division of Resource Management at WVU.

Beth Little, WV chapter Sierra Club. A history of violations at the underground injection well in Lochgelly, WV and what that says about the WV UIC program.

Tall Trees Site
Tim Higgins and Cindy Rank. Pictures of the Tall Trees horizontal Marcellus operation from site preparation to current production phase. Additional photos are available in 4 groups: group 1, group 2, group 3, group 4.

Digging Deeper and web page
George Monk. Digging deeper, using publicly available databases and FOIA requests.

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3 Ring Binder Project
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