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HAYNESVILLE SHALE 4:30pm 6-11-08 Ft. Worth TX To Join "Haynesville Shale 101" Forum
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 3:05pm

SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: 4:30pm 6-11-08 - HAYNESVILLE SHALE NEWS:  Mrs. Tolli Thomas, President of the Wedgwood Square Neighborhood Association in Fort Worth, Texas www.wedgwoodsquare.org will be among the panelists at Mayor Cedric Glover's upcoming Public Information Meetings about the Haynesville Shale and natural gas drilling.  

Thomas, a stay-at-home Mom of three has an informative, first-hand account of how, after being vigorously persued by oil and gas companies, residents in her community came together and organized a very active and successful neighborhood association.  

The initial goal was to educate property owners about the Barnett Shale which currently has over 6,000 gas wells, 580 which are active within the City of Fort Worth, but the scope has grown to include an interactive website, legal services, gas drilling basics and an extensive knowledge of city and state ordinances. 

“I know what property owners in Shreveport, East Texas, Caddo Parish and the surrounding areas are going through and I’m pleased to share what I’ve learned so that others will have the information they need to make the right decisions,” says Mrs. Thomas.  

The Ft. Worth Homeowner's Association President will join Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Marjorie McKeithen;  State Commissioner of Conversation
, Jim Welsh;  Assistant City Attorney John Frazier; Capital One Oil and Gas Administrator Tom Kelley and others to provide a solid understanding of the Haynesville Shale. 

Mayor Glover’s Public Information Meetings are set for Thursday, June 12th from 6pm-8:30pm and Saturday June 21st  from 10am-12:30pm at the Shreveport Convention Center.

“After visiting Fort Worth, Texas where the Barnett Shale has been in production for more than 10 years and hearing the pros and cons from city officials and property owners, it’s important that we provide an arena to communicate and disseminate valuable information on how residents can be knowledgeable and protect themselves from companies, some who take advantage of the fact that most people have little or no experience in mineral leasing,” says Mayor Glover.

Designed as a “Haynesville Shale 101” public forum, those persons attending will be provided handouts with information to help them understand the terminology associated with the Haynesville Shale and general issues related to gas drilling, mineral leases, signing bonuses and royalties.  

After the panel’s presentation, there will be an open question and will also be an opportunity for attendees to talk one-on-one with the Mayor and panel guests after the meeting. 

SPAR will provide fun activities for children (ages 4 – 12) while their parents attend the meeting. 

"I want to give everyone, parents, guardians and families every opportunity to attend the meetings," said Glover, adding "The Shreveport Convention Center is easily accessible, we’ll waive the parking fee in the garage and parents won’t have to worry about finding child care.”         

"Haynesville Shale 101" Information Meetings:

Thursday, June 12, 2008 Shreveport Convention Center

Saturday, June 21, 2008 Shreveport Convention Center 

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