Pennsylvania conservation officials will hold a public meeting June 3 in Williamsport on Marcellus Shale drilling plans in Loyalsock State Forest, a popular recreation area in Lycoming County.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan, who had initially resisted pressure to hold a public meeting on the Loyalsock drilling plans, announced the meeting would be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 3 in Wendle Hall at Lycoming College in Williamsport.

Activists are pressuring the state to restrict drilling on 17,000 acres in the state forest where the state does not own the mineral rights, but controls the surface access because of an unusual deed restriction.

More information on the department's meeting is here: