Day 2 of the Energy Impacts Symposium began with the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) Breakfast, "Community Development in Energy Host Communities," held July 27 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.
Rapid expansion of the oil and gas extraction and transmission industry in Ohio and other parts of the U.S. has brought prosperity and wealth to many communities and residents, increased revenue to local government, and lowered energy prices for consumers. But this expansion has often strained local infrastructure and services and the ability to maintain them and caused environmental damage, while many residents do not receive direct benefits. Some of the questions explored included:
- How can communities maximize the advantages of the oil and gas industries while minimizing problems?
- What information and research will assist local decision-making?
The event included a panel with the following participants:
- Paul Lapachelle, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Community Development Specialist, Montana State University
- Dave Messersmith, Extension Educator, Marcellus Shale Education Team, Pennsylvania State University
- Myra L. Moss, Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Community Development, Ohio State University
- Paul Thares, Community Development Field Specialist, South Dakota State University Extension
View a recording of the event here.