Two meetings this week on gas drilling efforts

A public information session on Marcellus shale natural gas exploration is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County program will provide an overview of the relevant geology, water issues related to drilling and hydraulic fracturing and the potential economic benefits and community impacts. This program is expected to provide a foundation for a subsequent program focusing on leases and legal issues scheduled for 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday at Cornell Vet School's James Law Auditorium on Tower Road, a block from Route 366.

A research and policy brief by Cornell's Community and Rural Development Institute on "Emerging Trends in the Marcellus Shale" is at See new documents under "About Gas Drilling."

CCE maintains an online Natural Gas Leasing Resource Center with information and studies about the ramifications of drilling at


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