Oct. 10 Conservation program focus is land impacts

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Conservationists in the Laurel Highlands can learn about a new study on the impacts of Marcellus gas drilling during the upcoming Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition Conference from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Brady’s Restaurant, 3242 Route 31 West, in Donegal.

The agenda includes presentations from Terry Slonecker of the U.S. Geological Survey on the amount of land disturbance in Washington and Bradford Counties attributed to natural gas drilling, and Mike Lovegreen, manager of the Bradford County Conservation District, on impacts of Marcellus in his area, as well as information on how land-use permit applications are handled in the four Laurel Highlands counties.

Land-disturbance issues will be the central focus of this conference. The prior conference focused on water issues.  Registration is required by e-mailing bclemenson@pec-pa.org or soon at www.pecpa.org/Laurel_Highlands/.

The coalition was created about two years ago to help small conservation groups and conservation-minded people to network and learn about issues and opportunities in our region.

Conservation Coalition Conference Agenda

9:00-9:30: Registration

9:30-10:30: Primer on state rules and regulations on land disturbances, Rita Coleman, Environmental Program Manager, state Department of Environmental Protection.

10:30-10:45: How to file a petition to declare a watershed unsuitable for mining, Bev Braverman, Mountain Watershed Association.

10:45-11:00: break.

11:00-12:00: A study on the amount of land disturbance in Washington and Bradford Counties attributed to natural gas drilling, Terry Slonecker, U.S. Geological Survey.

12:00-1:00: lunch.

1:00-2:00: Impacts of Marcellus drilling in Bradford County, Mike Lovegreen, manager, Bradford County Conservation District.

2:00-3:00: How counties in the Laurel Highlands handle applications for land-disturbance permits.

3:00-3:15: wrap-up, suggestions for future programs.

Date Posted: 
Wed, 2012-09-19