Gas, oil forum scheduled

STEUBENVILLE – The GO Jefferson County Committee will host a public forum providing an overview of the current status of the gas and oil industry in Jefferson County from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Eastern Gateway Community College auditorium with a brief question and answer session following.

Speakers include Greg Sullivan, MarkWest Energy Partners area manager; Duncan Riley, Global Microseismic Services Inc. president; Shawn Bennett from Energy In Depth; Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan; Laurel McDowell, Manpower of Steubenville branch manager; and Mike McGlumphy, Workforce Investment Agency director.

The seminar will focus on the overall development of the industry locally over the past year as well as what future developments residents can expect, said Jefferson County Commissioner David Maple. Information also will be presented on the state of local employment, current job opportunities and training programs.

GO (Gas and Oil) Jefferson County, (formerly the Jefferson County Oil and Gas Committee) was formed in 2012 by the Jefferson County commissioners.

Its initial purpose was to create a method of communicating with and getting feedback from the different organizations and businesses in the community with regard to the oil and gas business.

Meeting monthly, its members help the commissioners stay aware of local oil and gas issues and ultimately help Jefferson County realize opportunities and minimize the risks associated with this new industry, Maple said. Each commissioner made appointments to the committee with representation from many areas, including education, real estate, employment, environmental issues, hospitality, township trustees, roads and infrastructure, emergency response and more, according to Maple.

The committee works to get important, continuous and timely information out to the public regarding employment opportunities, he said.

By providing local job seekers with details on job openings, training and education, GO Jefferson County can develop into an important resource in the coming months and years, Maple said.

This forum is the second of what GO Jefferson County hopes to be an ongoing informational series helping local residents gain information and get answers to questions regarding the oil and gas industry in Jefferson County, Maple said.