Clean Water Institute to host gas leasing discussion

Clean Water Institute to host gas leasing discussion

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The Lycoming College Clean Water Institute and the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a public meeting on the issue of gas leasing in public state forest lands on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in Heim Building, G-11, Barclay Lecture Hall.

Speaker Nels Johnson of the Nature Conservancy's Harrisburg office will describe a study conducted with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on the impact of leasing additional state forest land. The study includes a mapping analysis of surface disturbance effects on the sustainable balance and character of remaining state forest lands not yet leased for gas development.

In addition, Doug Kepler of Seneca Resources will discuss the corporation's plans for the development of the 2008 DCNR gas lease in the Tract 100 - Hagerman Run – Grays Run area in the Lycoming Creek watershed.

The event is free and open to the public.