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FGI Announces New Officers and Board of Director Members

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new Officers and a new Board of Directors during their biennial membership meeting in Long Beach, California on April 3, 2013.  The meeting was attended by 42 people and held in conjunction with the Geosynthetics-2013 Conference sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Association International.  Before introducing the new Officers and Directors, Tim Stark, FGI Technical Director and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, acknowledged the service of the following prior Officers and Board Members: Ray Peebles (Cooley Group), John Heap (Colorado Lining International), Stuart Lange (Lange Containment), Gary Kolbasuk (Raven Industries), Jared Santoro (Bend Tarp and Lining), and Dave McLaury (DemTech).

John Heap (left), Tim Stark (center), and Stuart Lange (right) after the FGI Biennial Membership Meeting in Long Beach, California

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Short Course in Williamsport, Pennsylvania – Shale Oil and Gas Development

“FGI Short Course addresses Shale Oil and Gas Development”
Fabricated Geomembrane Institute and Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT)

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) held a short course in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on 28 February 2013 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT).  The short course was organized by the FGI with the outstanding assistance of Dave Pistner and Wanda Engel of PCT and Pat Bradley of Inland Tarp and Liner.  The course was attended by a ninety-three (93) attendees.

The excellent and timely presentations focused on the challenges and environmental concerns with shale oil and gas development and how geosynthetics and geomembranes can be used to mitigate the concerns and risks. For example, a presentation by Hunter Nolen of CDM/Smith focused on the opportunities and environmental challenges associated with shale development via hydraulic fracturing (see group photo of speakers below).  David Yoxtheimer of Penn State University gave an informative presentation on the use of horizontal drilling to access the Marcellus shale.  Jeanne Briskin concluded the shale oil and gas related presentations by updating attendees on the ongoing U.S. EPA study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.








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FGI Membership Biennial Meeting – April 3, 2013

The next biennial FGI Membership Meeting will be held during Geosynthetics 2013 in Long Beach, California.  The meeting will be held in Room 203C of the Long Beach Convention Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. from 8:00 am to 9:30 am.  The meeting will start promptly at 8:00 am so arrive early.

Please register to attend the meeting at so we have an accurate estimate for the continental breakfast order.