WINTERSVILLE - Landowners with questions about managing the challenges presented by shale gas development in Jefferson and Harrison counties can take advantage of a pair of free workshops at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School near Bloomingdale.
Ohio State University Extension, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District and the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance have teamed up to offer the Shale Gas Workshop Series for Landowners.
Workshop topics are: Wealth and Tax Management Strategies for Landowners, Covering Lease and Royalty payments from 7:30 p.m. to to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 28; and Negotiating Pipeline Easements Which are Favorable to Landowners, slated from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 6.
Attorney Peggy Kirk Hall will teach both classes, assisted by Dave Miller, tax specialist, and OSU Extension Educator Mike Hogan on Feb. 28, and by Dale Arnold, energy specialist with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, on March 6.
Hogan said the workshops will help landowners develop the skills necessary to manage shale resources.
"Judging from the number of questions we have received since Jan. 1, it is obvious to me that many landowners who received bonus payments from shale gas leases in 2011 are now struggling with tax and financial management issues," Hogan said.
Hogan pointed out the workshops provide area residents with unbiased information from knowledgeable experts in the field of law, taxes, energy, and oil and gas. "Unfortunately, there is no shortage of bad information in the marketplace right now, and no shortage of unscrupulous individuals trying to cash in on this new industry. These workshops provide the public with an opportunity to learn about and understand accurate information from professionals who aren't in the business of selling them anything," he said.
Jefferson County Farm Bureau will provide refreshments during the workshops. For information, contact Jefferson County OSU Extension at (740) 264-2212.