In this April 23, 2010 photo, a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site is seen near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County. So vast is the wealth of natural gas locked into dense rock deep beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio that some geologists estimate it's enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years. But freeing it requires a powerful drilling process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking,"using millions of gallons of water brewed with toxic chemicals that some fear threaten to pollute water above and below ground, deplete aquifers and perhaps endanger human health and the environment. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)
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StateImpact Pennsylvania invites public to forum in Towanda on natural gas royalties
Scott Blanchard became StateImpact Pennsylvania’s editor in November 2017.
He had been enterprise editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, where he led the newsroom’s investigative and projects reporting. The team produced investigations with statewide impact on subjects including domestic violence, gun laws and clergy abuse.
Blanchard arrived in York in 2001 and helped lead national award-winning coverage of the 30-year-old York riots murders investigation. In years since, he has focused on narrative storytelling, ethics and training, with special emphasis on trauma journalism.
He was a 2013 Ochberg Fellow, receiving training at Columbia University in PTSD science, self-help and peer support. He led a team that created a trauma awareness/peer-support program in Digital First Media in 2014. Under new owner Gannett, he helped and/or led trauma awareness and peer support training at newsrooms in York, Wilmington, Del., St. Cloud, Minn., Wausau, Wisc. and Milwaukee, Wisc. as well as at the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association in Harrisburg.
He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors (2015-16).
Blanchard grew up in Rockville, Md. and is a University of Missouri graduate.
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File photo. A Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site in Bradford County, Pa.
Join StateImpact Pennsylvania for an educational forum to learn how other states handle natural gas royalty payments and what’s being done about the controversy over post-production costs in Pennsylvania. The forum is titled, Drilling down on deductions: How are gas royalties paid around the U.S.?
Keynote speaker and royalty expert Owen L. Anderson, a professor and distinguished oil and gas scholar at the University of Texas, has lectured at numerous universities and venues on six continents and throughout the United States, and has written over 100 articles.
Anderson’s keynote presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on post-production costs and a question-and-answer session with the audience.
Other panelists are: Jackie Root, head of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners; and David Fine, an attorney with K&L Gates in Harrisburg who represented Elexco Land Services and Southwestern Energy in the landmark 2010 Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, which held that Pennsylvania’s minimum royalty guarantee applies to revenues before expenses are calculated.
The event, at Towanda Area High School, is free and open to the public. RSVP here: