In 2009, the Potter County Board of Commissioners formed a Natural Gas Task Force after obtaining input from a broad-based local steering committee. Now, it's time to adjust to a new set of circumstances and challenges as the shale gas industry evolves. Therefore, the Task Force is merging with the Natural Gas Resource Center, a partnership between the Commissioners and Potter County Education Council.
Not much will change. Public education meetings will still be held. The work groups established through the Task Force will continue to oversee water quality, job training, public safety/emergency services, and municipal issues.
The Resource Center is equipped with the staffing and networking structure to allow greater flexibility, timeliness and professionalism. A major focal point will be a website that will become a one-stop shop for public/general information, business connections, job training, employment opportunities, government agencies and community resources for Potter, McKean and Cameron counties. Links will include reliable websites, educational resources, industry news, and county-sponsored task forces. The site, still under construction, can be reached at www.naturalgasresourcecenter.com.
A steering committee will be formed to assure that the Resource Center is functioning efficiently. More details will be announced. Phone number for the Natural Gas Resource Center is at (814) 260-5625.