Public Meeting Tuesday On Gas/Housing Issues

housingShale gas development has caused serious issues with housing availability and pricing in northeastern Pennsylvania and the trends suggest the same factors will soon affect Potter County. A public meeting on the topic will be held at 7 pm Tuesday, June 26, at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. It’s the first public session sponsored by the new Natural Gas Resource Center in Coudersport, an outgrowth of the county’s former Natural Gas Task Force. Featured speakers for the hour-long program will be Dr. Bonita Kolb and Dr. Jonathan Williamson from the Center for the Study of Community and the Economy at Lycoming College. That duo recently conducted a detailed study of accelerated gas drilling on housing and related topics. They’ll discuss portions of their findings that relate to Potter County, based on demographics, transportation, housing stock, business structure and related characteristics. Three local content experts will also sit on the panel. They are John Wright, Potter County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities; Melissa Gee, Potter County Human Services; and Bill Hunter, Trail’s End Realty. They will discuss impacts on the housing market and steps being taken locally to prepare. Questions will be fielded by the panel following the presentations.

Latest edition of the Shale Gas Roundup, a local newsletter focused on issues related to natural gas development in Potter County, is now available. Copies can be viewed or printed from the county website, at pottercountypa.net (click on Natural Gas tab at top). They’re also available at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. Call Sharon Costa at 814-274-8290, Ext. 207, to arrange for pickup. This award-winning publication of the Natural Gas Resource Center carries a wide variety of timely information. Among the highlights in the June/July edition:

  • Free local training for gas rig jobs Aug. 6-24
  • Potter County allies with Center for Community & Economy
  • Local group sharpens focus on protecting water quality
  • Important Act 13 deadline for townships, boroughs
  • Market expanding for dry gas being produced locally
  • Researchers probe industry impact on land, dairying
  • Pipelines being laid for natural gas, water
  • New production developments suggest 50-year gas bounty

Potter County Today is a timely information site courtesy of the Potter County Commissioners. Reprinted with Permission.


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