The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to help the community get ahead of the curve when it comes to the Marcellus Shale boom.
The Chamber will host a series of seminars that will focus on various issues surrounding shale natural gas and Marcellus.
There are many questions and unknowns when it comes to Marcellus Shale. It is new to the Chamber, the businesses in Ellwood City, and the community members.
According to Terri Stramba, executive director of the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, the free community outreach events are a way to answer the question: How does this shale move impact us?
“We want to keep everyone abreast of what is coming down the pike,” she said.
Stramba said that one way of doing that is to learn and seek advice from those who have already been down that road when it comes to shale natural gas development.
The Chamber’s first seminar in the series will do just that. “Estate Planning for Marcellus Shale Lease Holders” will feature Patrick J. Felix III, P.C., an estate planning attorney. Felix, who has prepared/administered more than 3,000 estates/trusts during the past 27 years, will focus on how leases affect estate planning.
“He has been through this many times before,” Stramba said regarding Felix’s experience with estate planning and Marcellus Shale.
Stramba said the event is ideal for area attorneys since they will be getting more involved in estate planning (with a Marcellus Shale element) as the shale boom grows.
As far as the next seminars in the series are concerned, Stramba said they will be planned following the first seminar because the Chamber is seeking public input as to what questions and concerns they have about Marcellus Shale.
“We want to get guidance from the community on what issues to cover in the seminars moving forward,” Stramba said.
Along with requesting ideas for the seminars, the Chamber is also seeking experts willing to speak about Marcellus-related issues. The public is welcome to contact the Chamber at 724-758-5501 or firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.
Stramba said future seminars could focus on businesses or the community.
“If there is something that we don’t know, we’ll help you find it out,” Stramba said.
The first seminar will be held Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wurtemburg Perry Volunteer Fire Department, 469 Portersville Road, Ellwood City, PA. Felix will give a 45-minute presentation, and there will be unlimited time for questions and answers.
If you plan on attending, please RSVP—724-758-5501—by close of business Monday, October 22.