Videos from March 13 oil & gas forum now online

Videos from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s March 13, 2014 forum about conservation easements and oil and gas production are now accessible through VOF’s YouTube channel at

The approximately 4.5-hour forum has been divided into three segments, featuring each of the three main presenters: Michael Ward of the Virginia Petroleum Council, Kate Wofford of the Shenandoah Valley Network, and Reneé Carey of the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The third segment includes nearly 1.5 hours of public comments and questions regarding VOF’s policies that allow some donors of conservation easements to retain limited mineral rights that open the door to potential subsurface oil and gas drilling on the properties.

Additional resources related to this issue can be found below. Anyone who wishes to comment on VOF’s policies regarding retained mineral rights on easements may submit comments to Jason McGarvey, communications and outreach manager, at



Forum Panelist Presentations (PDF)

  • [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=136 linktext=’Michael Ward Presentation’ /]
  • [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=138 linktext=’Kate Wofford Presentation’ /]
  • [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=140 linktext=’Renee Carey Presentation’ /]

Articles & Action Alerts


Background on Oil & Gas Rights in Easements

  • [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=135 linktext=’Land Trust Alliance — Practical Pointers Series: Gas Exploration, Extraction and Conservation’ /]
  • [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=141 linktext=’Land Trust Alliance — Problem Solving for Oil and Gas Activities in Conservation Easements’ /]
  • [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=139 linktext=’Land Trust Alliance — Oil and Gas, and Fracking (??!!), CAN work with Conservation Easements – Sometimes’ /]


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