DCNR Convenes First Meeting of Natural Gas Advisory Committee

        DCNR Convenes First Meeting of Natural Gas Advisory Committee

PR Newswire

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Oct. 9, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources convened the first meeting of the Natural
Gas Advisory Committee today in State College to fulfill a recommendation in
the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report.

"The members of the Natural Gas Advisory Committee will provide valuable
insight and expertise concerning the complex nature of natural gas
management," DCNR's Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. "The committee will
work with DCNR to help identify concepts, best practices and principles, and
assist in integrating them into the department's natural gas management
efforts on DCNR lands."

The primary work of NGAC will focus on state forest lands and the work of the
Bureau of Forestry, whose mission is to manage state forest ecosystems to
retain their wild character and biological diversity, while providing pure
water, opportunities for low density recreation, habitats for forest plants
and animals, sustained yields of quality timber and environmentally sound
utilization of mineral resources.

Dr. Jim Grace, Penn State University's Goddard Chair in Forestry and
Environmental Resources Conservation, will chair the committee. DCNR's Bureau
of Forestry will assume the lead responsibility for coordinating and
facilitating its work. It's anticipated the committee will meet quarterly.

The NGAC is made up of 21 experts from a variety of backgrounds and
organizations, including conservation groups, universities, gas industry,
environmental consultants and recreation-related organizations.

Members are:

  oStephen Barondeau, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.;
  oScott Bearer, The Nature Conservancy;
  oMerlin Benner, Wildlife Specialists;
  oDale Bruns, Wilkes University;
  oPatrick Drohan, Penn State University;
  oKaty Dunlap, Trout Unlimited;
  oKim Kaal, Shell Energy;
  oJeff Larkin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania;
  oDick Lepley, Pa. Off-Highway Vehicle Association;
  oFrank Maguire, International Mountain Biking Association;
  oCraig Mayer, Pa. General Energy;
  oLinda Ordiway, Ruffed Grouse Society;
  oDale Rowekamp, Seneca Resources;
  oRichard Stafford, Carnegie Mellon University;
  oSusan Stout, Northern Resource Station, U.S. Forest Service;
  oJim Weaver, Tioga County Planning Commission;
  oWayne Wheeler, International Association of Geophysical Gas Contractors;
  oDavitt Woodwell, Pa. Environmental Council;
  oTom Yarnick, XTO Energy; and
  oEphraim Zimmerman, Western Pa. Conservancy.

At the organizational meeting today, members received background information
and an update on the Bureau of Forestry Monitoring Program related to gas
extraction.

The July 2011 Marcellus Shale Commission report recommended that "DCNR should
establish a Natural Gas Advisory Committee to enhance communications among
stakeholders regarding natural gas development on state forest and park land."

The report also recommends, "DEP and DCNR – along with industry – should
continually review and examine the range of best management practices utilized
during construction and operation of the well site, and consider incorporating
these types of practices into regulatory and operator guidance."

For more information about gas development on state forest lands visit the
DCNR website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us and choose "Gas Drilling on State
Forests" under "Quick Links."

Media contact:Christina Novak, DCNR, 717-772-9101

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us
 
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