Natural gas regulations and rights are at the forefront of the agenda for West Virginia University Extension Service’s third annual Enhancing Public Understanding of Natural Gas Issues conference.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Morgantown, W.Va. It features information regarding natural gas exploration in the Marcellus shale region.

Topics include regulations regarding oil and gas, fire safety and prevention on well drilling sites, researching private property, mineral rights and disposal of drilling waste.

Register online at Lunch, break snacks and parking are free to attendees. Pre-registration is required by May 7; space is limited.

“Marcellus Shale and the industries and issues surrounding it continue to be an area of interest in our state,” said Jennifer Williams, director of the WVU Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources unit. “As Extension educators we have a responsibility to keep our constituents informed on the latest research and developments.”

Representatives from the WVU Extension Service, WVU College of Law and the West Virginia Water Research Institute will present on oil and gas issues as they pertain to their areas of expertise.

For more information, call Georgette Plaugher at 304-329-1391, or visit

For more information on oil and natural gas programming in your community, contact your local WVU Extension Service office.



CONTACT: Cassie Waugh, WVU Extension Service

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