Meeting on drilling on public land June 3 follows private meetings on Loyalsock drilling

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a public meeting to discuss Marcellus Shale issues surrounding the Loyalsock State Forest from 4 to 6 p.m. June 3 in Wendle Hall, Lycoming College.

“DCNR is responding to requests that the public be given the chance to provide the department with information and comments on possible gas development in the Loyalsock, in an area where we do not own the subsurface rights,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. “This meeting is the completion of a series of interactions with the public regarding this complicated and long-standing issue, including a local stakeholder meeting and a public web-based information session.”

As a result of a 1989 Commonwealth Court decision, about 25,000 acres of the Loyalsock State Forest are in a unique and complex situation in terms of surface ownership and rights.

The meeting will include a power-point presentation with questions from the public to follow.

Attendees will also be offered the opportunity to make comments with a five-minute time limit.

If unable to attend the meeting, members of the public can submit written comments by email to

For more information about possible gas development on the Loyalsock State Forest, visit the DCNR website, choose “Forestry” under “Quick Links,” and scroll down to the Clarence Moore Fact Sheet.