NEW BERLIN Ė Much has been written, discussed and belabored concerning the quantity and quality of natural gas pockets within the Marcellus Shale, but the Marcellus isnít the only layer of ancient earth thatís rich with the highly desired energy source.
Just exactly how many layers, or plays, within the natural gas industry are beneath us? How much can each layer produce? And, which layers are the gas companies really after?
The answers to those questions and more will be offered up at the second public meeting of the Central New York Landownerís Coalition at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Unadilla Valley High School. Petroleum Geologist Don Zaengle, a member of the Elmira-based law firm of Chris Denton, the Coalitionís counsel, will make a presentation and answer questions from landowners about their mineral rights.
Zaengle recently joined the Southern Tierís natural gas leasing go to firm after working for many years in exploration, development and production for oil companies, such as Shell Oil. He holds a masterís degree in geology and a bachelorís of science degree in geology and water resource management.