Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Marcellus Shale Drilling Sept 9

We already did a post about this, but this is an important issue that could affect communities around Pittsburgh for decades to come, so here’s a reminder.

State Senator Jim Ferlo will host a Tele-Town Hall Meeting to discuss deepwell drilling of the Marcellus Shale on Thursday, September 9 from 6-7 p.m.  This innovative meeting format will include a panel of public health, environmental, regulatory, labor and industry experts in the natural gas extraction field.

The Marcellus Shale is a geological formation found under Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia between 5,000 and 8,000 feet below the surface.  The formation is estimated to hold 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, enough to power the United States for decades.  This fossil fuel resource possesses enormous opportunities, but perhaps even more environmental, public health, economic, and social challenges.

Please join Senator Jim Ferlo by phone on September 9th to learn more from a panel of experts on the “Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of the Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits.  To participate, Dial 1-888-886-6603 Ext. 15390#.

This tele-town hall meeting is intended to allow maximum participation by the public by offering a toll-free number, so constituents can listen and ask questions from the comfort of their home.  Call 1-888-886-6603 Ext. 15390# between 5:55 p.m. and 7 p.m. to listen in on the important town hall meeting to learn more about the Marcellus Shale’s expected impacts on Pennsylvania residents.  The event will also be streaming live online at where the meeting may be seen continuing past the first hour.  For more information, call Senator Ferlo’s Pittsburgh office at 412-621-3006 and ask for Mikhail Pappas.