Sierra Club Offers Citizen Training Workshop for Gas Well Watchers

by Duane Nichols on May 8, 2012

This is a training workshop for citizen volunteers to become gas well watchers. Goodness knows, there are enough of them to watch – thousands, as old as early 20th century or as new as now. This project will apply to any completed gas well – Marcellus, or not.

Working with George Monk and Molly Schaffnit, the West Virginia Sierra Club has developed a common-sense online experience suitable for all. The workshop will be organized into three sessions, each with a target date. Each session will include George and Molly’s youtube videos, as well as text items and other resources. Workshop participants will be able to view and read the material on a flexible schedule. A session will be followed up by a free conference call for participant discussion and questions-and-answers with project leaders. Conference calls are free to callers, and there are two date/time options for the conference call for each session. The workshop schedule is included below to help in your personal planning.

Most of the training is simple and observational. The training will show what to look for, how to “see” a well site, and so on. There is one element that involves an actual scientific test, using materials similar to litmus paper. That session shows clearly how-to-do-it. And we provide the required test materials to participants at no cost.

Once volunteers register for the workshop, they will receive the link to the project website, where all necessary information will be available. In addition, participants will receive the call-in number and code for all the conference calls.

In case a person is interested but unable to access youtube videos, we  provide alternatives suitable for slower connections.

It’s springtime – just in time for the outdoor well-watching season!

To register for the workshop, please click on Register below. Put “gas well workshop” in the Subject line.  [That is, send an email to: with those words, or call Jim Sconyers at 304-698-9628.] 


Session 1 – Videos and materials – May 9 – 12, 2012

Conference calls –  May 14, 2012   6:00 PM and May 16, 2012   7:00 PM

Session 2 — Videos and materials – May 17 – 20, 2012

Conference calls -   May 22, 2012   6:00 PM and  May 24, 2012   7:00 PM

Session 3 — Video and materials – May 25 – 28, 2012

Conference calls –     May 29, 2012   6:00 PM and   May 31, 2012   7:00 PM


See also:“gas-well-study”-for-kanawha-putnam-counties-in-wv/

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