Oil, gas industry update to be offered

STEUBENVILLE — Area residents will have the opportunity to hear an update on the status of the oil and gas industry in Jefferson County on May 31.

That’s when the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Port Authority, will present a panel discussion and luncheon focusing on developments in the area.

Sponsored by Ascent Resources, the presentation will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hellenic Hall, 300 S. Fourth St. Topics include the state of the industry in and around Jefferson County, permits, production, pipelines, infrastructure, investment and more.

Speakers will include Amanda Finn, government relations manager for Ascent; Mike Chadsey, director of public relations for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association; Jimmy Stewart, president of the Ohio Gas Association; and Jackie Stewart, state director for Energy in Depth. A question-and-answer session will be included.

Ascent employs more than 100 people through operations based in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays in Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont and Guernsey counties in Ohio and Wetzel, Marion and Harrison counties in West Virginia.

Its leases cover more than 238,000 net acres, and the company has nearly 170 wells that are producing and operating.

The cost to attend the program and catered lunch is $15 per person for chamber members and $20 per person for nonmembers.

The presentation is part of the chamber’s quarterly workshop series. For information, call the chamber at (740) 282-6226.

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