Penn State seeks participants for a research study

Penn State researchers are seeking Lycoming County residents interested in science and energy to participate in a free educational program exploring the natural and social sciences through the context of Marcellus Shale natural gas development.

Through 10 multi-week workshops, the Marcellus Community Science Volunteer Program provides education about energy resources, geology, development and extraction, land use planning and community, economic and environmental impacts. Volunteer participants who complete 80 percent of the programming will receive a $100 stipend.

An information session will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Pennsylvania College of Technology, CC 201 (Bush Campus Center).

Workshops will be held Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. April 28 through June 30 at the same location. There will be opportunities to participate in field research for orphan and abandoned wells, methane emissions and water quality testing as well as viewing gas development sites.

For more information or to apply to participate, contact Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Terry Noll, project coordinator at or 814-865-6598.