The landscape is changing quickly in northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. There are well sites being developed all over Jefferson, Harrison, Columbiana, Mahoning, Lawrence and Beaver counties to name a few.

I drive to work and see a well being drilled and in less than a week and a half the rig is gone. There are new drilling pads created weekly and there are trucks moving equipment in and out of well sites constantly.

And as hard as I try, it doesn’t seem like I’m keeping up with what is happening and how it affects readers. I make a weekly sweep over court documents online to see if any developments have occurred in the lawsuits filed against leaseholders by the many landowners in Ohio.

I check out everything I can about what is happening the shale. But I’m still wondering what it is readers want to know about this industry and its effect on Ohio.

I have plans to travel to the Shale Energy Community Education workshop in Cambridge, Ohio this Saturday. I’m going to find out what is happening with the shale development across the state and what communities are doing to prepare for it.

What I want to know is what are landowners who have leased land looking to learn. What issues would you like me to be writing about in the pages of the Farm and Dairy?

Here are some of the topics, the experts will be discussing:

• Update on Ohio Shale Development and Activity by Chris Penrose, OSU Extension educator in Morgan County.

• Community and Strategic Planning by Eric Romich, OSU Extension field specialist in energy development.

• Tax Issues for Communities and Landowners by Dave Marrison, OSU Extension educator in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties.

•What to Do When “Sudden Wealth Happens” by Polly Loy, OSU Extension educator in Belmont County.

• Leasing Issues for Farms and Rural Land by Peggy Kirk Hall, OSU Extension law specialist, and Clif Little, OSU Extension educator in Guernsey County.

• Pumping the Product: Pipeline Easements and Construction by Mark Landefeld, OSU Extension educator in Monroe County, and Chris Zoller, OSU Extension educator in Tuscarawas County.

• Natural Resource Issues: Where to Find Helpful Resources by Steve Schumacher, OSU Extension educator in Belmont County, and Mike Lloyd, OSU Extension educator in Noble County.

• A Landowner’s Point of View, featuring Schumacher and a panel of landowners who have dealt with shale development directly.

For more information about the event, click here:

I hope to garner some ideas from the workshop but I also need your help! Give me some ideas for stories so that when I’m at the workshop I look for the answers you desire. Feel free to drop me an email at, give me a call at 800-837-3419 or tweet me @fosterk96.

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Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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