As the shale gas boom travels north in the Northern Panhandle -- one community wants to present a united front to energy companies.
Wednesday, August 1st brought over 60 Clearview residents together for an evening meeting at the Clearview Volunteer Fire Department hall. They came together for a second meeting to discuss how to organize a landowners' group. Organizers say that by banding together, and bringing acreage together, everyone in the Clearview area will benefit.
Chuck Reinacher, one of the group's organizers, said, "We're hoping to get people from Clearview, Table Rock, maybe some folks from Table Rock, out all the way to Stone and Shannon Road. And talk as a group, as a community, and try to develop the best deal we can with some of the Marcellus Shale folks, like Chesapeake." He emphasized the movement had no association with local government, but simply used the VFD hall for the meeting as a convenience.
At the meeting, landowners received the opportunity to indicate the amount of acreage they owned, and heard about the need for legal representation before signing a mineral rights lease. Organizers told the group recent corporate changes of management at Chesapeake have slowed signing of new shale gas leases.