Extension Service to discuss drilling operations

Marcellus shale drilling’s impact on the state is the topic of an educational series for community members that is hosted by West Virginia University Extension Service.

The educational program will take place in the following locations. The session will take place in Philippi on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Philip Barbour High School Auditorium. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.

The presenter will be Dr. Michael McCawley, professor at the Department of Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences in the WVU School of Public Health. McCawley will be presenting air quality data from seven drilling sites.

This is the fourth year for the educational programs. Organizers say there’s a continued need and demand for updated information regarding the natural gas industry and its drilling.

Connecting the people of West Virginia to the university’s resources and programs is the primary goal of WVU Extension Service and its 55 offices throughout the state. Local experts, like WVU Extension’s agents and specialists, work to help improve the lifestyles and well-being of youths, workforces, communities, farms and businesses through trusted research in the counties in which they serve.

For additional information, contact the Barbour County Extension Office at 304-457-3254.