Wilkes University, King's College and the Earth Conservancy will jointly operate a local energy institute focused on natural gas drilling issues in the Marcellus Shale, reports the Times-Tribune.
Staff at the institute will research natural gas drilling's impact on the local community and environment and help with problem-solving for issues that arise. The institute also will enhance public outreach efforts to promote safe and environmentally responsible drilling, (U.S. Rep. Paul) Kanjorski, D-11, Nanticoke, said at a press conference Monday at Wilkes University.
The $1 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory is seed money for the project and "the first of what we hope of many, many millions of dollars over the next five years," Mr. Kanjorski said. Over time, the project could cost $50 million to $100 million, he said after the press conference.Original source: Times-TribuneRead the full story here.