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Thousands Turn Out to Learn About Natural Gas at Cabot’s 3rd Annual Picnic

While we were still enthused from the excitement of last weekend’s Vote4Energy rally where thousands of New Yorkers came out to support natural gas, we headed to Harford Fairgrounds in Susquehanna County last weekend for the 3rd Annual Cabot Oil & Gas Picnic.  The picnic has steadily gained popularity over the last three years with 4,000 coming out in 2010, 6,000 in 2011, and this year over 7,000 people were in attendance!  Seeing that many people getting their questions answered, excited for the development in their region, and holding intellectual discussions on natural gas development really puts into perspective the term “Silent Majority!”  It was an amazing day all around, as usual, and our hats go off to Cabot for the caliber of information distributed and level of commitment to the Susquehanna County community your picnic displays.

Knowledge is Power

While there were absolutely prizes and fun to be had throughout the day, the key component of the picnic was the opportunity for community members to become more knowledgeable of the process of developing natural gas occurring on their lands. Cabot had staff on hand from their land, completions, drilling, environmental stewardship, external affairs, geology, marketing and natural gas usage, and production departments to answer the full spectrum of questions presented by landowners.

Theses displays were manned with the engineers, geologists and others to help attendees better understand the information. Some fun items included buckets to explain the substances used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, well casings, pieces of Marcellus Shale and more.

Geology Display at Cabot Picnic

Geology Display at Cabot Picnic

For those who weren’t able to attend, you can also visit AskCabot to get your questions answered.

Trade associations, like America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), and the American Petroleum Association’s (API) Energy Citizens, and other industry partners, like Halliburton and Baker Hughes, were also on hand to answer questions.  Shelly DePue was also there to discuss Truthland and catch up with many of her neighbors, like those from Franklin Citizens for Truth who had a booth to sell their hit t-shirts.

Franklin Citizens for Truth Shirts

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Cabot Oil and Gas has a commitment to Susquehanna County to have the very best standards for their operations. As such, they unveiled their plans for a gas transport module which will be used to fuel their fleet with compressed natural gas. They’ll also be using it to decrease the amount of diesel fuel used on well sites, helping to improve air quality and emissions in the area.

Two natural gas drilling rigs in Susquehanna County are biofuel capable and the module – or “tube trailer” – will be ready to be filled at the Springville CNG station in Springville Twp., Cabot President Dan Dinges said.

The 9-cylinder tube trailer will be taken to the rigs and used to help power the drill rigs and cut the diesel use down by at least one-third, spokesman George Stark added.

“The system we’re utilizing is unique to Pennsylvania and the Marcellus shale play,” Mr. Stark said. “We’re happy to pioneer it here in Susquehanna County.”

Craig Almquist, a Cabot facilities engineer out of Pittsburgh, said the two converted natural gas drills can run about a 50-50 blend of CNG and diesel. Mr. Almquist spoke to those attending the company’s outreach effort.

“We’re happy with the turn-out and amount of dialogue, education and outreach,” Mr. Stark said. It’s wonderful for us to have the opportunity to showcase the new technology – especially how we plan to use natural gas in the county.”

Prizes, Fun, Food and Community

This picnic wasn’t just about educating the community on the natural gas industry. Organizations like the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies, Big Brother/Big Sister and United Way also had booths at the event and the library held a raffle, raising thousands of dollars for its efforts and for the local historic society.

Local educators from Lackawanna College, Johnson College, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center were also on hand to discuss workforce development opportunities and community educational outreach programs.

And of course there was free food, fun prizes like I-Pad’s and televisions, games for the kids including a dunking tank and Taylor Rental’s bouncy equipment, and great opportunities to interact with neighbors.

Food Lines

Food Lines early in the day at Cabot Picnic

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

We’ll leave you with a picture that was left on our Facebook page over the weekend on the heels of this picnic and the Vote4Energy rally to draw your own conclusions on as you compare it with those seen from these two events.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we couldn’t agree more.

NY Anti Natural Gas "Crowd"

NY Anti Natural Gas “Crowd”

Vote4Energy Crowd, July 15 Broome Tioga Sports Center

Vote4Energy Crowd, July 15 Broome Tioga Sports Center

Crowd at Cabot Oil & Gas Picnic, July 21, 2012

Crowd at Cabot Oil & Gas Picnic, July 21, 2012

To see more pictures from Cabot’s 3rd Annual Picnic, click here.

  • Bill desRosiers
    Posted at 17:23h, 23 July Reply

    Great job as usual! Thanks for giving this event good coverage, especially since the regional media doesn’t consider a picnic with THOUSANDS coming to learn about responsible natural gas devlopment as relevant news.

  • susan dorsey
    Posted at 17:37h, 23 July Reply

    many of those thousands in attendance were from NY State,
    some of the same thousands who were at the Vote4Energy Rally

    today marks 4 years of this interminable interregnum here in NY

    why don’t our politicians see our suffering but choose to look only at imaginary suffering?
    ask the Park Foundation

    how did our message to Albany get so distorted?
    some who attended the only Cabot Picnic and not the Vote4Energy Rally know the answer
    ask them!

  • observer
    Posted at 20:08h, 23 July Reply

    intresting observation, Tom, the bike riding farmer paperboy and sometimes impossible to read anti gas activist, was at the cabot picinic with his blue Cabot Tote ( a free gift at the gates) and it seemed pretty full…. was enjoying the free food and gifts leaving one to wonder…. Tom did you switch sides oafter getting educated with facts at the picinc orrrrrrr where you just there to eat and get free gifts ????

    • Tom Frost
      Posted at 01:49h, 24 July Reply

      You must be one of those giving-of-themselves-away-at-every-turn, plainclothes security men that I was honored to have following me around. It was partly for the entertainment of watching myself get written up in EID for doing my first taking of advantage of the free food at a Cabot picnic, that I went ahead and did so.

      I never change to the “pro” nor “anti” side. But I did get a little (okay: expensive) art lesson while watching the air leg of my educating of picnic-goers. The lesson is that a picture (like of a jug of water, for those that didn’t zoom in on it) that’s only the same size as one character of the text next to it, needs to have more contrast than what it had if one wants it to be recognizable to people reading the text.

      It was during the second half of the picnic that I decided to Uncle Tomishly comply with the just-like-last-year, Soviet-Union-style, no-video-cameras rule so that I could go in. During the first half, I had been out front, with the OTHER one of my I-guess-not-quite-“anti”-enough-for-EID-to-want-to-show-its-photos-of, signs.

      • Tom Shepstone
        Posted at 09:34h, 24 July Reply

        Not sure, I get this, Tom, but your comments sure are fun to read!

        • Bill desRosiers
          Posted at 13:31h, 24 July Reply

          I think he is trying to say the air plane banner didn’t work because people couldn’t see it. Also, it was expensive. I would just add it didn’t make sense.

          • Bryant La Tourette
            Posted at 17:06h, 24 July

            I think all three are correct.
            Kim M must have been in charge of the airplane banner.

          • Victor Furman
            Posted at 22:25h, 24 July

            Good one Bryant… Kim arranged the flyover banner… no one I was with could read it it was to small or too far up you pick…. can someone tell me what it said, the BS they were pushing?

          • Bryant La Tourette
            Posted at 21:15h, 25 July

            Yes Vic,

            It said: go here for the truth about Dimock and the Sauntners.

            Tom Frost it also seems you over estimated the intelligence of your friends LuLu and Greg.

          • whonoseifyoucanearmenow
            Posted at 06:45h, 26 July

            But another Dimock resident said the EPA’s public statements are different from what it tells area homeowners in private.

            “They recommended that we don’t drink or use the water, but told us they can’t go public with that,” said Scott Ely, who added that he plans to proceed with a lawsuit against Cabot.

          • Tom Shepstone
            Posted at 20:12h, 26 July

            Oh, yeah, that’s credible.

          • Tom Frost
            Posted at 19:31h, 27 July

            You must be hoping that your mostly-carpetbagging-like-you readers don’t know that Scott Ely is a LIFELONG SUSQUEHANNA COUNTIAN! And I’ll believe one of them any day over you landmen ilks and your buddies in 3-letter agencies.

          • Tom Shepstone
            Posted at 06:47h, 28 July

            “buddies in 3-letter agencies”? Have you lost your mind, Tom? We have gone after the EPA repeatedly for even pursuinhg this fool’s errand. That it produced data supporting our arguments indicates what a pitiful case the other side had.

          • Tom Frost
            Posted at 18:13h, 24 July

            I did overestimate the intelligence of the some of audience, yes. But other people have told me that they DID get it.

          • Tom Shepstone
            Posted at 22:14h, 24 July

            Hah! Good comeback. I knew you were entertaining.

  • Bryant La Tourette
    Posted at 21:49h, 23 July Reply

    Thanks again for the coverage EID.
    The Cabot event was fantastic.
    As large landowners that could lease land my wife and I feel it is our responsibility to learn as much as we can.
    What better place to ask and learn than the Cabot picnic. My wife and I spent hours learning from the support companies.

    Special thanks to: Casedhole Solutions, Joseph Christen Field Engineer. For explaining in depth cement casement integrity inspection.
    Somerset Regional water Resources, James Reed Great detail on Gas well waste water management.
    Cabot oil and Gas for presenting the opportunity.

    There is no better way to educate than to ask the feet on the ground.

    • Tom Frost
      Posted at 07:44h, 25 July Reply

      Cement casement integrity inspection? You’re becoming an anti.

    • Jarod Lee
      Posted at 08:19h, 30 July Reply

      Joey Christensen is one of the best in the area at logging cement integrity, happy to call him a colleague and friend as a Susquehanna resident myself

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