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Penn State Public Safety Webinar - March 17
An online seminar titled "Natural Gas Well Development and Emergency Response and Management," will be offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on March 17 to address public safety concerns related to natural gas drilling. Craig Konkle, operations and training supervisor for the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety and chairman of the county's Gas Task Force Safety Committee, will discuss the precautions his county has taken. The webinar will cover the creation of a county task force and safety subcommittee, as well as the development of a training and safety consortium comprised of representatives from the gas industry and emergency responders. It will also address training for responders, helping responders and industry personnel remain safe in the field and past incidents. Previous webinars, publications and information are available at http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas. For information contact John Turack at 724/837-1402 or send email to: jdt15@psu.edu.

Second man nabbed for burglary of NWPOA director’s home
Wayne County state police have arrested a second man in connection with a burglary that occurred on July 22-23, 2010 at the home of Marian and Edward Schweighofer of Damascus Township, PA. Marian is executive director of the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance. Lee Harrison, 46, of Equinunk, PA was arrested for his alleged participation in the burglary. Police arrested James Singer, 30, of Binghamton, NY back in November for his alleged involvement. The investigation is ongoing.

Former PA DEP Secretary launches blog
Former PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary John Hanger has launched a new blog discussing issues related to energy, the environment, the economy and politics. Hanger writes, “I am an expert on energy, environment, green economy, competitive electric markets, and utility regulation with unique experience in and out of government. I am Special Counsel at the law firm Eckert Seamans and run Hanger Consulting LLC. I speak, including on:"The Truth and Nothing but the Truth about Gas Drilling and America's Energy Choices." See the blog at http://johnhanger.blogspot.com/2011/03/banning-gas-drilling-fracking-dam....

Report questions industry-funded studies
Economist Jannette Barth, Ph.D., faults industry-funded studies that claim shale gas extraction creates good jobs and long-term prosperity. In her latest report, “The Truth About Those Industry Funded Studies,” Barth terms these claims “unproven” and demonstrates that independent studies fail to support the findings of industry funded reports. For example, Barth disputes the claim by the Marcellus Shale Coalition that “88,000 jobs were created by the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania in 2010,” based on PA Department of Labor and Industry reports that only 65,600 non-farm jobs were created in the state that year—and almost half of those were in the education and health and leisure and hospitality industries. Barth’s report can be viewed at http://catskillcitizens.org/learnmore/RESPONSETOINDUSTRY.pdf