The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce will host a public informational meeting on Marcellus Shale gas drilling at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Barbour County Courtroom.
In the past three years, more than 3,000 gas wells have been drilled in the Marcellus Shale region located under West Virginia and surrounding states. Thousands more are planned. The drilling method, known as hydraulic fracturing, has been criticized as a danger to the environment.
The Governor's Regulatory Bill on Marcellus Shale drilling was passed recently after a special legislative session and is considered a starting point to more regulation in the future.
The Chamber of Commerce meeting will provide an overview of the law in the rapidly changing world of oil and gas to be presented by the law firm of Mullens & Mullens PLLC.
Interested attendees are asked to RSVP the Chamber Office at 304-457-1958 to assist in planning purposes.
Hunter B. Mullens will join attorney John Ashcom Jr. to discuss the implications of the Marcellus Shale rules bill on local landowners and the industry. Mullens is a 1994 cum laude graduate of West Virginia University and a 1997 graduate of the WVU College of Law where he was a member of the honorary Moot Court Association.
If you go
What:?Meeting on gas drilling
When: 12:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Barbour County courtroom
He has been prosecuting attorney in Barbour and Taylor counties and a city attorney for Philippi and Grafton. Mullens received the Army Commendation Medal during combat operations in Iraq and Operation Desert Storm. He is a partner in the law firm of Mullens & Mullens PLLC, which he founded in 2003 with Kate McGuire Mullens.
A native of Johnstown, Pa., Ashcom graduated from West Virginia University and the WVU College of Law. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in October 2007, joined Mullens & Mullens in 2008 and was admitted to the West Virginia Bar a year later.
Ashcom was a clerk for Thomas R. Dodson, judge of the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas. His area of practice includes wills and estate planning, estate administration, oil and gas law, business law, real estate and litigation.
Participants can have lunch, Dutch treat, at 11 a.m. at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi before attending the meeting.