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)

Articles & Action Alerts


Background on Oil & Gas Rights in Easements


Jason McGarvey is VOF's communications and outreach manager. He is based in the Richmond office.