Extension director honored for work on collecting natural gas info

NORWICH – Ken Smith, executive director of the Chenango County Cooperative Extension, will be recognized as one of the 2011 David J. Allee and Paul R. Eberts Community and Economic Vitality Award recipients today at Cornell University.

According to Cornell’s Community and Regional Development Institute, the award is given in recognition of innovative research and development of creative solutions to community issues. This year, Smith and his colleagues of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marcellus Shale Team will be awarded for their work in providing accurate, research based information about the process of natural gas drilling and its implications.

Smith said he is only one small part of a larger group of award recipients. The knowledge and research that the team collected shares both ends of a heated argument and their ability to present this data will be the primary focus at tonight’s ceremony.

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