As oil and natural gas drilling continues its spread through Appalachia, the Marietta-Washington County League of Women Voters wants to keep local residents knowledgeable and up-to-date, hosting an oil and gas exploration symposium next Wednesday.
According to the League’s Betsy Cook, it will feature three presenters, including Sean Logan with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, who will explain what the District is and current watershed use by drillers in northern Ohio.
Pavanne Pettigrew, a retired geologist from West Virginia’s department of environmental protection, will focus on groundwater and underground injection wells.
Cook says that Friends of the Lower Muskingum’s Jesse Daubert will discuss current testing projects happening around the County.
“They received a grant where they’ll be able to do before-and-after testing for wells started in Washington County – that will help us know if chemicals are getting into the groundwater and is a proactive effort for our area.”
Betsy Cook notes that the symposium is nonpartisan, and comes from the League’s ongoing interest in the environment. “The job of the League is to educate voters, not by looking at one side versus the other, but reviewing both sides and letting the consumer make their own informed decision.”
Each presenter will speak for fifteen minutes, followed by an audience Q-and-A and discussion.
The event is free and open to the public and occurs next Wednesday, Nov. 14th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall at the corner of Third and Putnam streets in Marietta.