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Watch For It: Citizen Gas Well Workshop
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by Jim Sconyers, Chapter Chair | 2012

Check out our next training event for the Marcellus Gas Campaign!

We are in the planning stages of a workshop for citizen volunteers to become gas well watchers. Goodness knows, there are enough of them to watch — thousands, in fact, as old as early 20th century or as new as present day. This project will apply to any completed gas well — Marcellus, or not.
 
Working with George Monk and Molly Schaffnit, the West Virginia Chapter is developing a common-sense online experience suitable for all. The workshop will be organized into three sessions, each with a target date. Each session will include George and Molly’s YouTube videos, as well as text items. Workshop participants will be able to view and read the material on a flexible schedule. A session will be followed up by a free conference call for participant discussion and questions-and-answers with project leaders. Conference calls are free to callers, and there will be two date/time options for the conference call for each session.

 
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Most of the training is simple and observational. The training will show what to look for, how to “see” a well site, and so on. There is one element that involves an actual scientific test, using materials similar to litmus paper. That session shows clearly how-to-do-it. And we provide the required test materials to participants at no cost.
 
Once volunteers register for the workshop, they will receive the link to the project website, where all necessary information will be available. In addition, participants will receive the call-in number and code for all the conference calls.
 
In case a person is interested but unable to access  YouTube  videos, we can provide alternatives suitable for slower connections. We expect the workshop to “go live” in early May — just in time for the outdoor well-watching season! We will do our best to spread the word far and wide when the time comes, via email, website postings, and Facebook.
 
For more information, contact Jim at: jimscon@gmail.com or  304-698-9628.

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