PIEDMONT – Harrison County business and community leaders, as well as interested residents are invited to attend a special pipeline construction issues briefing, sponsored by the Harrison County Farm Bureau. The briefing will be held at the Piedmont Fire Station on August 29 at 7 p.m.

The program will be facilitated by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Director for Energy, Utility and Local Government Issues, Dale Arnold. Long-term energy demand and new drilling technology have sparked interest in tapping into the Marcellus and Utica Shale deposits in parts of the Appalachian plateau. Other energy service providers are revisiting many areas of western Ohio that saw oil and gas development in the twentieth century.

Pipeline development is becoming a major issue. During the briefing Arnold will discuss developments involving interstate, intrastate and local collection pipelines, energy market trends, pipeline construction and remediation standards, the work of the Ohio Power Siting Board and other regulatory agencies governing pipeline development.  Issues concerning eminent domain and farmland preservation will be explored, as well as what landowners should consider in negotiating effective easement agreements with pipeline developers involved in interstate, intrastate and local collection network projects.

Harrison County Farm Bureau leaders are active on state and local action teams working on legislation, regulations and issues that impact agriculture and its relationship with rural, suburban and urban communities.