Shale Task Force Holds First Meeting

by WHIZ Reporter on February 17, 2012 at 5:40 am

The Shale Task Force held an open meeting Friday with elected officials from all over Muskingum county.

The newly-created task force was established to keep those in the community informed about shale drilling projects within the area.

County Commissioner, Steve Strauss and other county officials recent visited Williamsport, Pennsylvania; a city that is nearly three years ahead of Muskingum county in its shale drilling projects.

Strauss said the key to the success of shale drilling is communication.

"The big thing they stressed to us was lack of communication when it first hit their area and the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing. So we’re forming a task force to really improve the communication," said Strauss.

Zane State President Dr. Paul Brown also spoke at Friday’s meeting, just days after hosting the E3D Summit at Zane State College Brown said he was impressed by the safety and transparency of the Pennsylvania projects.
Commissioner Strauss said there will be many questions, not only from local leaders but from the community as well.

"A lot of people have a lot of questions, a great deal of questions, everybody wants to know what’s going on, and this is one facilitated way to learn a lot about it and we have some other great functions by our chamber of commerce, and others so we’re just working together to make really great communication to what’s coming at us,"  added Strauss

The Shale Task Force will meet on the third Friday of every month at the Muskingum County Welcome Center and those meetings are open to the public.