A local group concerned about the consequences of gas drilling is planning a demonstration today at a Society of Petroleum Engineers convention being held at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown.

Sustainable Otsego is calling for those concerned about gas drilling and its impacts on the environment, water quality, public health and agriculture to gather in front of the Otesaga at 5 p.m.

Critics of natural-gas drilling hope to share their concerns with the engineers and ensure that the dangers involved be fully disclosed and resolved before any drilling take place, according to a news release from the group, which is calling for a moratorium on gas drilling in the state.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers is hosting a series of speakers and presentations at its three-day Water Management Workshop.

Participants include college professors and energy industry experts. Areas of discussion include overviews of the Marcellus shale formation; the potential for gas extraction in the Marcellus shale; methods of extraction; environmental impacts of drilling; water management during drilling; and regulations on energy companies.

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