Friday, December 23, 2011

Educator Explains the Marcellus Shale Opportunity to Local High School Students

WILKES-BARRE, PA—December 27, 2011—Brian Oram, a professional geologist and soil scientist and founder of B.F. Environmental Consultants, Inc., recently presented “The Marcellus Shale Factor” to a group of high school students from Honesdale, Wallenpaupack, and Western Wayne. The talk was well received and followed by a question and answer period.

Oram’s presentation was the first of a three-part series of talks on the issue for 40 high schoolers studying the Marcellus Shale, natural gas and energy. During the course, the students will learn about the geology of the Marcellus Shale, the natural gas extraction process currently in use in the area, the importance of monitoring groundwater and surfacewater quality, recommendations for safe development of future gas wells, and the importance of energy conservation. The students are in the process of collecting information through online and face-to-face discussions.

Oram, a former Wilkes University professor of hydrogeology, is currently working as a consultant in environmental science. He is part of a team of geologists associated with Wilkes University that is developing a citizen database of private well water quality as a baseline for monitoring groundwater quality in the future. Understanding the condition, quality, and variation in groundwater quality is the only way we can effectively protect this valuable resource and assist private well owners in our community.

To find out more about study, see the website at private well owner and watershed survey is available at

About B.F. Environmental Consultants, Inc.

B.F. Environmental Consultants, Inc., based in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Poconos, has been providing professional geological, soils, hydrogeological, and environmental consulting services since 1985. The company specializes in the following areas: hydrogeological and wastewater evaluations for siting land-based wastewater disposal systems; soils consulting (soil scientists), environmental monitoring, overseeing the siting, exploration, and development of community/ commercial water supply sources; environmental training/ professional training courses, and other environmental services. For more information about B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc., visit and

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