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Marcellus Academy II

Please save these dates for this special weekend workshop. Speakers and instructors will train a new cadre of volunteer activists to go forth and raise awareness in their communities about the dangers of Marcellus drilling. Learn the tactics and the tools needed to effectively building grassroots support for sane, meaningful Marcellus regulations in West Virginia.

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  • Buckhannon
When Jun 30, 2012 12:00 AM to 
Jul 01, 2012 12:00 PM
Where WV Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV
Contact Name
Contact Phone 877 252 0257
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These industrial-scale drilling sites are causing major problems with our water, our land, our air and our health.  This training is especially designed for activists who would be willing to organize people on their home turf by holding meetings, giving presentations and organizing house parties.  In essence, they would serve as local leaders in this statewide fight for our civil rights.                       

All of your expenses for this workshop (lodging, meals and mileage) will be covered by WV Sierra Club. 

Please watch for upcoming announcements with details about enrollment and specifics on the program.  

 

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Sat, 06/30/2012 - 00:00 - Sun, 07/01/2012 - 12:00

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June 6 - Enhancing Public Understanding of Natural Gas Issues Conference

WEST VIRGINIA EXTENSION SERVICE
ENHANCING PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF NATURAL GAS ISSUES CONFERENCE
JUNE 6, 2012
 
MORGANTOWN, WV
MORGANTOWN EVENT CENTER-A
WATERFRONT PLACE
 
A. ENHANCING PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF NATURAL GAS ISSUES CONFERENCE
The first annual Public Natural Gas Education Conference is sponsored by the WVU Extension Service (WVUES) Natural Gas Education Team. During this conference we plan to present current topics and information about natural gas exploration in the Marcellus shale region. Guest speakers come from state higher education institutions, government entities, and private businesses. Additional information, along with registration, and a schedule, can be found on the WVUES Oil and Natural Gas website at: http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/oil_gas, Educational Programs tab. We hope you will join us for this event.
 
B. ABOUT THE WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SERVICE NATURAL GAS EDUCATION TEAM
The WVU Extension Service’s Natural Gas Education Team plans, coordinates, and provides programming on a variety of topics related to natural gas exploration in West Virginia. The team consists of a network of Extension personnel and other professionals. Goals of the team are to: 1) serve as a statewide resource in assisting our citizens who have resource concerns and questions regarding natural gas production in West Virginia; and 2) provide non-biased, research based educational material and programming to the citizens of West Virginia, which in turn will allow them to make better educated decisions regarding natural gas production in West Virginia.
 
C. CONFERENCE TOPICS
a. Public Health Issues
b. Seismology and Earthquakes
c. Safety on Natural Gas Well Sites
d. Private Property Assessments, Taxation, and Insurance Issues
e. Banking and Financing Issues
 
D. INFORMATION SHOW
Informational displays will be setup to educate the public about current issues and past programming efforts presented by the WVUES Natural Gas Education Team. If you would like to have a display at the conference, please indicate this on the registration form.
 
E. REGISTRATION
It is FREE to attend this event, however, pre-registration is recommended by the deadline. Registration at the door will be accepted. Lunch, breaks, and parking are included. Parking is in the Waterfront Place parking garage.
You can register by mail, e-mail, fax with the attached form or register online.  If you have any questions, please call Georgette Plaugher, WVUES Program Coordinator at 304-329-1391.
 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 25, 2012
 
Visite http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/oil_gas/leasing for more information.

 

Date: 
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 08:00 - 21:00

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Concerned Citizens Announce Date for the Largest Fracking Rally in Washington, DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 2, 2012

Contact: 
Calvin Tillman: 940-453-3640
Kari Matsko: 440-579-5314
John Fenton: 307 856-7098 or 307-709-2540
Don Morrison: 701-224-8587
Jason Pitt, Sierra Club: 202-675-6272
Lauren Pagel, Earthworks: 202-887-1872 x107

Concerned Citizens Announce Date for the Largest Fracking Rally in Washington, DC

National Day of Action will bring thousands to Washington, DC to put the public interest before drilling industry profits

Washington, D.C—Today citizens from affected communities, together with environmental organizations and community groups, announced a call to action to demand an end to putting oil and gas drilling profits ahead of public health, clean water and air and the safety of our communities.  This event will be the largest of its kind and will take place in on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, Washington, DC from 10am to 2pm on July 28th, 2012.

Labeled “Stop the Frack Attack,” the rally will bring thousands to the nation’s capitol to demand greater government responsibility and corporate accountability for harm that existing oil and gas development causes.

Community groups and organizations from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Maryland, Texas, Wyoming, Ohio, Colorado, New Jersey, New Mexico, Idaho, Virginia and North Dakota have signed on in support of the event.  For more information and list of endorsing organizations and members of the citizen-based advisory council, please visit www.stopthefrackattack.org

In support of this National Day of Action, concerned citizens from across the country issued the below statements.

Read more on “Concerned Citizens Announce Date for the Largest Fracking Rally in Washington, DC” »

Date: 
Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:00 - 14:00

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Conference Webcast - The Health Impact Assessment of Shale Gas Extraction

This workshop will focus on shale gas extraction to explore the health impacts of emerging energy technologies and the use of health impact assessments to assess and identify ways to mitigate potential health impacts. Through presentations and discussions, it is expected that Roundtable members, scientists, decision makers, and other participants will become better informed on the potential health impacts of hydrofracking, be updated on the learn lessons from ongoing health impacts assessments, and be better positioned to consider safeguards to protect the public's health from emerging energy and other technologies.

 
This workshop is one in a series of workshops sponsored by the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine. The Roundtable was established in 1998 to provide a mechanism for parties from the academic, industrial, and federal research perspectives to meet and discuss sensitive and difficult environmental health issues in a neutral scientific setting. The purpose is to foster dialogue and is not intended to provide recommendations.
 
Can't attend in person? Register for the live webcast.

Complete story here.

Date: 
Mon, 04/30/2012 - 08:00 - Tue, 05/01/2012 - 17:00

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May 5 - Bethany Walking Awareness Tour and Fundraiser

See what’s happening with “fracking” around Bethany College in Bethany, WV!

Attached is a flyer inviting you to a walking tour in Bethany on May 5th, 2012 beginning at 11AM.  The walk will include the Bethany College campus, a hydrofracking well pad and a potluck at the community park.

Objective:  Help raise public awareness and bring regional and national attention to the environmental, health and cultural impacts of hydrofracking in West Virginia.

Venue:  Bethany is a small community of 250 people that is home to Bethany College, a small liberal arts college now in it 172nd year.

Current status:  Many of the folks in Bethany, including the President and Board of Trustees of Bethany College, support hydrofracturing and have leased mineral rights to Chesapeake Energy.  Many now realize that they were ill informed and, in some cases, mislead to the potential hazards associated with horizontal drilling and hydrofracking and seek information how best to protect themselves from health effects and loss of quality of life.  We hope to bring media attention to this event and hope that President Scott Miller and the Board of Trustees of Bethany College support our efforts to help protect students, faculty and the people of Bethany from the adverse environmental and health effects that are likely to result from fracking-associated activities.

Fundraising:  This is to be a fund-raising effort as well.  All proceeds will be used for the purchase of conductivity pens that will be distributed to students, farmers or town people who will commit to doing regular sample analyses from local springs, wells and creeks.  The data they collect will be compiled into a central data base that will essentially characterize the electrical conductivity of surface and groundwater throughout the region. Rapid changes in conductivity (salinity) will be the first indication of impacts from drilling, drill muds, fracking or waste disposal. Walk organizer Yuri Gorby says: “I already have $500 dollars donated for this purpose.  I want to raise $5,000 more by the time of the Walk.”  

He added, “if we are lucky enough to exceed our fundraising goal, additional funds will be used to offset the cost of critical sample analyses by certified labs for water and air quality.  Such data are needed to establish conditions prior to and following drilling, trucking and hydrofracking”.  

For questions, comments or suggestions send emails to Yuri Gorby at ygorby@gmail.com

RSVPs would be helpful to gauge how many people to expect.

Date: 
Sat, 05/05/2012 - 11:00 - 17:00

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Celebrate the centennial of the Tibbs Run Reservoir May 19th

By Barbara Howe

Did you know Morgantown residents once got much of their water from the Tibbs Run Reservoir, which filled the area now surrounded by the Reservoir Loop Trail? Are you aware of the purpose of the tower that you can see from that trail? Or what type of building sat on the foundation near the tower? Have you seen what looks like a broken-down fence in the basin near the foundation during a drought? Or wondered why there was a dam along what’s now the Forest Trail?

Come learn the answers to these questions and much more as we celebrate the centennial of the Tibbs Run Reservoir at 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Botanic Garden. The celebration will be free and open to the public. A brief formal program at 1:30 p.m. will spotlight the area’s history. Then you can enjoy refreshments and walk around the Reservoir Loop Trail to see new interpretive signs that explain the importance of Morgantown’s early public water supply, the construction of this reservoir and its operation and the story of the reservoir after it closed in 1969. This trail is 0.72 miles long and is accessible to anyone from the lower parking lot.

Family members of Ralph Lemley, the long-time reservoir caretaker, will share stories about him during the program and at the site of the Lemley home at the Eclectic Garden. We could not have completed this project without their assistance! We also want to thank the Morgantown Utility Board for their support and Joshua Coit, who is organizing installation of the distinctive signs as his Eagle Scout project. Barb Howe and Mike Caplinger have collaborated with Erin and Dave Smaldone, George Longenecker, Linda Bagby, Jon Weems and Emory Kemp to put this project together.

At a later time the WVBG will provide more information about the reservoir’s history on our web site at www.wvbg.org and will publish a small pamphlet with historical information about Morgantown’s water supply. That pamphlet will be available on May 19th.

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Date: 
Sat, 05/19/2012 - 13:00 - 15:00

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Lecture - The History of Water and Humanity and What It Means for the Future

Human beings have had a complex, ever-changing relationship with water for the past 10,000 years. Long before water became an anonymous commodity at the end of a faucet, people revered water and treasured it to an extent unimaginable in today’s world.

This year’s West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer is Brian Fagan, an author and emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His lecture, “Elixir: The History of Water and Humanity and What It Means for the Future,” will be delivered on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in theMountainlair Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.

Fagan is a leading authority on the complex relationship between the environment, climate change and human society. Fagan is the author or editor of 46 books, including eight college textbooks familiar to two generations of archaeology students. For audiences ranging from business executives to high school students, Fagan places today’s highly publicized climate crisis in a crucial historical context and describes how humans have adapted to environmental changes over the eons.

He spent six years as keeper of prehistory at the Livingstone Museum in Central Africa before relocating to the U.S., where he has been an educator at UC Santa Barbara since 1967. In addition to his books, Dr. Fagan has contributed more than 100 papers to scientific journals and has served as an archaeological consultant to the National Geographic Society, Time/Life, Encyclopedia Britannica and Microsoft Encarta.

“Elixir” is a fascinating journey that encompasses the brilliant water managers of classical Greece, the Roman aqueducts, the magnificent gardens of Islamic engineers, and the challenges of taming Chinese rivers. It’s the story of a largely forgotten world that existed before the diesel pumps and fossil fuels of the Industrial Revolution turned water into a seemingly limitless resource. And from this largely vanished world, Fagan draws timeless lessons about the vital importance of water conservation for our society today.

While he is here, Fagan will also be guest lecturing or visiting with students enrolled in various classes. These include FHYD 444: Watershed Management with Dr. Nicolas Zegre at 11 a.m. in 334 Percival Hall andGEOG 207 with Dr. Eungul Lee at 3:30 p.m. in 125 Brooks Hall.

Through its Distinguished Visitors Program, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences invites to WVU one or more distinguished visitors each year. These individuals visit campus for one or two days to meet with college faculty and students in special ways and provide the campus and local communities with a public program in the form of a reading, lecture, or other appropriate presentation.

This sharing of ideas and experiences is meant to inform and inspire arts and sciences students, particularly in the ideals of the Eberly College. Among these are: developing an aptitude for self-appraisal, fostering an understanding of the importance of a commitment to public issues and societal leadership, determining one’s role in the world, realizing the benefits of lifelong learning, and acquiring skills and knowledge for the workplace.

This event is being sponsored by the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

For more information, please contact Brenda Riggle, ECAS operations director, at (304) 293-4611, or at Brenda.Riggle@mail.wvu.edu

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cs/01/20/2012

CONTACT: Rebecca Herod, Marketing and Communications Coordinator 
304-293-7405, ext. 5251, Rebecca.Herod@mail.wvu.edu

Date: 
Wed, 04/04/2012 - 19:00 - 21:00

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WVU Extension Service Program: Aquatic Life, Roads and Natural Gas Drilling ~ April 26 in Parsons

AGENDA
6 p.m. ~ Aquatic Impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Development
Frank Jernejic, Fisheries Biologist, WV Division of Natural Resources

6:30 p.m. Q & A Session

6:45 p.m. Damage To Roads: Who is Responsible for Permitting, Maintenance and Repairs?
Gary Clayton, NE Regional Maintenance Engineer and Central Coordinator for Natural Gas Permitting, WV Department of Transportation

7:15 p.m. Q & A Session

7:30 p.m. General Q & A Session

Questions and Answers: The above speakers will answer audience questions for 15 minutes following each presentation and another 15 minutes at the end of the program. All presentations and more information are available at the WVU Extension Service’s Oil and Natural Gas Website found at http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/oil_gas.  For more information please contact WVU Extension Agents John Miller at 304-234-3673 or Brian Wickline at 304-772-3003. Or contact Visiting Instructor/Program Coordinator Georgette Plaugher at 304-329-1391.

Education Program Schedule

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6 p.m. Ritchie County 4-H Camp, Harrisville, WV (Ritchie County)
Contact: Alexandria Straight or Stephanie Deem ~ 304-643-2164 Ext. 5

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6 p.m. Parsons Volunteer Fire Department Hall (Tucker County)
Contact: Jennifer Poling ~ 304-478-2949 Ext. 209

Date: 
Thu, 04/26/2012 - 18:00 - 20:00

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WVU Extension Service Program: Aquatic Life, Roads and Natural Gas Drilling ~ March 22 in Harrisville

AGENDA
6 p.m. ~ Aquatic Impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Development
Frank Jernejic, Fisheries Biologist, WV Division of Natural Resources

6:30 p.m. Q & A Session

6:45 p.m. Damage To Roads: Who is Responsible for Permitting, Maintenance and Repairs?
Gary Clayton, NE Regional Maintenance Engineer and Central Coordinator for Natural Gas Permitting, WV Department of Transportation

7:15 p.m. Q & A Session

7:30 p.m. General Q & A Session

Questions and Answers: The above speakers will answer audience questions for 15 minutes following each presentation and another 15 minutes at the end of the program. All presentations and more information are available at the WVU Extension Service’s Oil and Natural Gas Website found at http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/oil_gas.  For more information please contact WVU Extension Agents John Miller at 304-234-3673 or Brian Wickline at 304-772-3003. Or contact Visiting Instructor/Program Coordinator Georgette Plaugher at 304-329-1391.

Education Program Schedule

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6 p.m. Ritchie County 4-H Camp, Harrisville, WV (Ritchie County)
Contact: Alexandria Straight or Stephanie Deem ~ 304-643-2164 Ext. 5

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6 p.m. Parsons Volunteer Fire Department Hall (Tucker County)
Contact: Jennifer Poling ~ 304-478-2949 Ext. 209

Date: 
Thu, 03/22/2012 - 18:00 - 20:00

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