GO Jefferson County to host public forum on oil and gas pipeline issues

STEUBENVILLE – The Gas and Oil Jefferson County Committee will host a public forum featuring speaker Dale Arnold, director of energy services with the Ohio Farm Bureau, on Tuesday. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Eastern Gateway Community College auditorium.

Arnold works with Farm Bureau leaders to create effective energy policy on local, state and national levels, as well as establish programs that help farm, small business and residential energy consumers control their energy costs.

He will speak on issues pertaining to pipeline land leasing and installation and address concerns and questions of local landowners. In addition, Mike McGlumphy, director of Jefferson County Connections, a one-stop employment and training center in Steubenville, will discuss the state of local employment, job opportunities in the oil and gas industry and education and training requirements.

There will be a brief question-and-answer session following the speakers.

GO Jefferson County is the new name of the former Jefferson County Oil and Gas Committee formed in 2012 by the Jefferson County commissioners. Meeting monthly, its members aid the commissioners in staying aware of local oil and gas issues and helping Jefferson County maximize opportunities and minimize the risks associated with the new industry, according to officials.

Each commissioner made appointments to the committee with representation from areas including education, real estate, employment, environmental issues, hospitality, township trustees, roads and infrastructure, emergency response and more.

The committee also strives to be a means of getting important, continuous and timely information out to the public regarding employment opportunities, officials said.

This forum is the first in what GO Jefferson County members hope to be an ongoing informational series.

For information, contact the Jefferson County commissioners’ office at (740) 283-8500.