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/strong>HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Oil & Gas Task Force will hold a seminar titled “Understanding Methane Migration Issues in Pennsylvania” on Tuesday, October 18 at the Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street. The seminar will start at 7 p.m. and end at approximately 9 p.m.

Presenting the seminar will be Burt Waite, senior geologist and program director at Moody and Associates, Inc. and Brian Oram, licensed professional geologist and owner of B.F. Environmental Consultants, Inc. Topics of discussion will be understanding stray gas in Pennsylvania, a review of recent research on methane migration in association with Marcellus Shale development and water testing strategies for homeowners.

Waite directs a staff of geologists and hydrogeologists relative to the environmental and hydrologic implications of energy resource development. He was the lead author of the Oil and Gas Pollution Abatement Program study conducted on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in 1985. Oram is a licensed professional geologist, licensed well driller, and a professional soil scientist and the owner of B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc. The company is a family-owned Pennsylvania-based environmental and geological consulting company that has been serving the region for over 23 years.

Admission to the seminar is free and open to the public. Please pre-register by calling the Penn State Extension office in Honesdale at 570/253-5970 x 4110, or email

Ground to be broken for Pike library

MILFORD, PA — There will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pike County Library, to be located on East Harford Street, at 3 p.m. on October 20. It is expected that construction will be completed in October of 2012.

The contractors for the new building are to be announced at the next board meeting of the Pike County Public Library board of directors, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on October 17 at the Delaware Valley School District administration building.

The project has been in the making since 2005, when Dorothy Warner provided a $1 million gift for the purpose of building a library in Milford Borough. Divisions of opinion as to how to use the funds delayed construction for a number of years.