Dave Messersmith

  • Extension Educator, Shale Gas
Dave Messersmith
648 Park Street
Honesdale, PA 18431-1996
Work Phone: 570-253-5970 x4110

Areas of Expertise

  • Shale Energy Development
  • Negotiating Pipeline Rights of Way
  • Natural Gas Pipelines
  • Agriculture-Energy Nexus
  • Field and Forage Crops


  1. B.S. Crop & Soil Sciences - Penn State University - 1991
  2. M.S. Crop & Soil Sciences - Penn State University - 1997

Dave is an Extension Educator with Penn State Extension's Shale Energy Education Team. He has delivered educational programs on Marcellus shale and natural gas – focusing on natural gas pipeline development – throughout Pennsylvania, nationally and internationally. Dave speaks regularly on natural gas pipelines and right of way negotiation to landowners and communities where pipeline activity is being planned. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications including “Negotiating Pipeline Rights of Way in Pennsylvania” and “Understanding Natural Gas Compressor Stations”. In addition, Dave recently served on Governor Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force which was formed to engage stakeholders in a collaborative process to achieve a world class pipeline infrastructure system.