State oil, gas leader to speak locally

NILES – The director of the state department that regulates the oil and gas industry is scheduled to speak at a Regional Chamber event next month.

James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will address the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council luncheon Jan. 16 at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre in Niles. A panel discussion about shale development and other topics will follow his talk.

Named ODNR director in 2011, Zehringer has said environmentally safe development of shale is one of his three key priorities. Others include regulating dangerous wild animals and reducing phosphorus in state waterways.

To attend the luncheon, contact Jennifer Mascardine at 330-744-2131, Ext. 12, or email There is a fee. The event is sponsored by VEC Inc.