C.O.G.E.N.T. is the grassroots growth of ordinary Shalers working together to maintain their community flavor while continuing to live where they’ve always lived — and right now, that is on top of the Marcellus Shale. For some, it may be the Utica Shale and even other future shales that may be developed through unconventional extraction methods. What is a Shaler you may ask? A Shaler is someone who lives within the Shale region, may or may not be a leased landowner; it is just a way of referring to who we are, within where we’ve always lived. Every Northern Tier Shaler is a Pennsylvanian. But not every Pennsylvanian is a Shaler. As Shale resources continue to be discovered and found to be exploitable, there may be more Pennsylvania Shalers, but right now, the exploitable Shale is known to cover two-thirds of Pennsylvania: and that is who we are, primarily rural folks, living within a changing region. Shalers have specific needs for measures that ensure their communities, public health and safety, and environment are adequately protected. We are the same folks, your neighbors who have been advocating for these measures since the land man first knocked on our doors.
We’re not seeking measures that will impede the industry within our communities, but rather we seek reasonable measures that will protect the way and the place we have always lived. We are seeking that balance that will allow for a better regional economy, provide jobs and careers for our children and at the same time protect public health and safety and our environment.
Connection for Oil, Gas & Environment in the Northern Tier, C.O.G.E.N.T. is a resource for those seeking reliable, objective information regarding all aspects relative to the development of unconventional shale resources. C.O.G.E.N.T. is a resource for landowners and communities alike striving to find and advocate for a balance that supports public health and safety, community and the environment balanced with the needs of industry.
What do we do?
We provide a connection for reliable, objective information – information that is clear and logical; information that can be relied upon. We provide information so that folks can be part of the process that creates the measures that will protect our communities, public health and safety, and our environment. Through C.O.G.E.N.T. folks can discover how to simply and effectively submit a comment regarding their concerns and recommendations to obtain these measures. And, finally we fulfill regional educational needs either through C.O.G.E.N.T, or by partnering with other entities that can benefit our Northern Tier.
You Can Help
You can help us help you by visiting our website often to read the Action Alerts and participate. We mostly need your help. We also operate on a no shoe string budget, so if you are inclined to help us — your donations will go a long way in assisting us by providing the monetary means to do the work. Rest assured, your donations will be used for the work. Our adopted by-laws provide that no officer shall receive any salary or benefits for service to C.O.G.E.N.T. While we are established as a Pennsylvania non-profit, donations are not tax-deductible, as we do not have 501(c)3 status.