October Forum to Feature Natural Gas, Agriculture Dialogue

10/13/2012 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Keystone Energy Forum, in partnership with the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) and PennAg Industries Association, will hold an “agricultural forum” focusing on natural gas development and its interaction with Pennsylvania’s agricultural community.

The forum, set for Oct. 29 in Williamsport, Pa., will build upon a similar forum that was held in conjunction with the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show earlier this year.

The October forum will include two panel discussions focusing on natural gas activity in agricultural lands and cooperative discussions between both agriculture and natural gas industries. A luncheon will follow the panel discussions.

“In this region we are working to find the balance between production agriculture and other land-based industries, including those related to our natural gas resources,” said Erick Coolidge, dairyman from Tioga County and scheduled panelist at the forum.

Recognizing the need to mitigate potential conflicts that may occur on farmland that is also being developed for natural gas exploration, the Keystone Energy Forum entered into an educational partnership with PDMP early in 2011 in an effort to expand each industry’s understanding of the other’s operational expectations and requirements.

Local energy operators will be joined on the panel by pipeline representatives, government regulators, conservationists and farmers to share current and future activities related to natural gas development and Pennsylvania’s agricultural lands.

The forum and luncheon are free, but seating is limited. To register, contact PDMP at info<\@>pdmp.org or 877-326-5993.

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