Oil & Natural Gas

Marcellus Shale Resources

West Virginia is home of one of the largest Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits on the East Coast. As landowners and community members began asking questions of WVU Extension agents about this topic, we began our work to learn more, gather experts and create the resources to respond.

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Upcoming Programs

Planning for Financial Success and Managing Windfalls When They Come
Fred A. Scheeren, CFP, Managing Director-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Farmers who have recently received financial windfalls in the form of agricultural product sales, land sales, natural gas leasing, lottery winnings, or inheritance, may find it a challenge to manage those funds. While the first impulse will either be to save all the money in a bank account or spend at will, both of these strategies are not effective ways to manage your good fortune. To help make your money work for you, Fred will provide information on avoiding financial predators and their money making schemes; choosing a competent financial advisor; avoiding investment and spending mistakes; creating an income stream for the rest of your life; making money without undue risk; and ways to pass it on.

These programs are part of the WVU Extension Service’s Winter Educational Dinner Meeting series. You must register by calling the contact listed to attend.

March 23: Doddridge County Park, Snowbird Rd., West Union, WV, @ 6:00 p.m. Contact: David Snively, 304-873-1801

March 24: Roane-Jackson Tech Center,  Cunningham Hall, 9450 Spencer Road, Leroy, WV @ 6:30 p.m. Contact: Brandy Brabham, 304-927-0975 or John Johnson, 304-372-8199

March 25: Fort Boreman Room, Judge Black Annex,, Wood County Courthouse, 1 Court Square, Parkersburg, WV @ 7:00 p.m. Contact: JJ Barrett, 304-424-1960


4th Annual Enhancing Public Understanding of Natural Gas Issues Conference

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bridgeport Conference Center, Bridgeport, WV

For more information, contact Georgette Plaugher, WVU Extension Service Natural Gas Team Coordinator at 304-329-1391 or via e-mail Georgy.Plaugher@mail.wvu.edu.

WVU Extension’s Educational Role

The WVU Extension Service’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit formed a team to develop educational programming about natural gas exploration in the Marcellus shale. Team members include county extension agents, WVU geologists and water quality experts, representatives of the DEP, and representatives from industry, community and environmental groups.
Initial funding for the educational programs is provided by Chesapeake Energy, EQT, and Dominion.


The growth and development of the Marcellus shale in West Virginia creates both opportunities and concerns for public and private landowners, local communities, and local and state governments.

West Virginia citizens and landowners have voiced many questions about the gas exploration process, fundamentals of leasing, and environmental concerns.

WVU Extension Service’s Goals and Objectives

WVU Extension Service’s oil and natural gas team will enhance programming to provide the expertise and knowledge that the citizens of West Virginia need to make informed decisions about the oil and natural gas industry.
View a complete list of goals and objectives

Additional Publications & Information

View a list of publications and web links to information surrounding

  • Exploration and Natural Gas Development
  • Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Exploration
  • Environmental Issues and Impacts
  • Regulation
  • Agenda and Locations of Educational Programs

Educational Programs & Presentations

Educational Programs
WVU Extension Service hosts educational programs within counties and communities across the state.

For a listing of upcoming sessions, view the Oil & Natural Gas Calendar on the right side of this screen or view them on the Educational Programs page.

View reviewed and approved PDF versions Presentations from expert speakers on a variety of topics.