Penn State University plans to start a research study of the Marcellus Shale industry’s effect on the citizens of Pennsylvania, and has chosen Indiana County as its second site. A similar study has already been done in eastern Pennsylvania.
Coordinated through the Extension office in Indiana, the program is funded by the National Science Foundation and is intended to help people in rural areas learn about the Marcellus Shale and its impact on society. Its goals are to help people increase their knowledge about energy and energy systems, learn science concepts, engage in specific practices, and develop an appreciation for scientific inquiry and investigation.
An information session will be held tonight from 7 to 8 PM at the Extension office at 827 Water Street, in the first floor meeting room. Additional sessions will follow each Monday night from 6 to 8:30 PM through November 18th. The Extension's Bob Pollock says he hopes to get people with diverse backgrounds to participate, from property owners who wish to have a well dug on their property, to people who have already had both shallow and deep wells drilled, to people who have benefitted from the Shale, and any others who have any sort of interest in the industry.
If you need more information, you may contact PennState’s Terry Noll at 814-865-6598, or firstname.lastname@example.org.