March 13, 7pm–9pmWhere
Bantam Ridge School 587 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, Ohio
WINTERSVILLE — Area business, community leaders and interested residents may attend an upcoming oil and gas meeting covering pipeline construction issues, royalty payments and lease renewals.
Jefferson County Farm Bureau is hosting the meeting. Those planning to attend should call the Farm Bureau office at (740) 266-6603 or e-mail [email protected]
The program will be facilitated by Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s director for energy, utility and local government issues.
“Over the next several years Ohio will see close to 38,000 miles in pipeline development, including new interstate transportation lines, intrastate liquid lines and collection systems for oil and gas production projects. Several Ohio utilities are upgrading their local gas distribution networks, too,” he said.
Arnold is to discuss activities involving interstate, intrastate and local collection pipelines, energy market trends, pipeline construction and remediation standards, as well as regulatory agencies governing different types of pipeline development.
Issues concerning eminent domain and farmland preservation will be explored as well as what landowners should consider as they finalize easement agreements.
“There are a variety of pipeline projects being developed in the community, all with their own regulatory and procedural structures,” said Duayne Wetherell, county Farm Bureau president. “… Community stakeholders want to know how each project developer will address soil and water conservation issues, land remediation standards, use of local roads and safety procedures.”
“If asked to sign complex agreements, releases and associated paperwork, landowners have the right to have their legal counsel examine all materials. Community members are realizing that many aspects of pipeline construction projects are not necessarily boilerplate. There are still a variety of local decisions to be made, and their input is important,” he said.
Arnold has been involved in energy and utility-related issues since 1995, representing farm and rural residential energy consumers on a variety of government working groups and public utility advisory boards concerning energy development. He has Extension experience working with county farm bureaus and local residents, helping communities evaluate construction projects concerning electric transmission line and pipeline infrastructure.