In an effort to better inform the public in the Newcomerstown community about the gas and oil movement, a public meeting has been set up to answer questions.

Dale Arnold with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will be speaking on Monday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, 1066 E. State St., Newcomerstown.

Arnold has been director of Energy Services for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation since 1995.

During his tenure, he has managed self-help energy aggregation groups, research projects on electric load profiling, energy efficiency, on-site generation, net metering, customer friendly interconnection, biomass energy, pipeline development and oil and gas exploration.

Arnold represents farm, small business and residential energy consumers on utility advisory boards focusing on demand side management/energy efficiency. He has served on local, state and national working groups focusing on technical evaluation, education/outreach, and community planning, all dealing with energy. He has served on task forces leading to creation of Ohio's Advanced Energy Initiative as detailed in SB 221, and utility scale wind farm siting guidelines created in response to HB 562.

Oil and gas exploration will impact all of Ohio. Arnold is involved in regional and state working groups exploring how leasing, pipeline easements and infrastructure expansion will impact farmers and rural communities, and what they can do now to address them.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has over 214,000 members families statewide. Arnold works with Farm Bureau leaders create effective energy policy on local, state and national levels. He has authored papers advocating a Diversified Energy Portfolio using domestic oil and coal resources, nuclear and renewable technologies.

He is a native of Knox County, where his family can trace their involvement in Ohio agriculture starting in the 1820s.