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Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Development

Friday, March 29, 2013 | 12:00 PM

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Please join us Friday, March 29, for a conversation with Susan Phillips about the community impacts of shale gas development.

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy presents:

The Policy Workshop Webinar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development

Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Development
Friday, March 29, 2013 | 12:00-1:30 PM EDT
Susan Phillips, Energy Reporter, StateImpact Pennsylvania

The recording is available at https://vimeo.com/63540102; a written recap is available here.

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy invites you to participate in our second annual policy workshop webinar series, Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development. Natural gas extraction generally, and shale gas extraction in particular, have become highly charged issues as stakeholders debate their effects on environmental and public health and their role in our future energy mix. This webinar series seeks to answer important questions about extraction, the environment, and the future of energy by grounding that debate with expert speakers from a variety of disciplines.

In the seventh installment of the series, environmental journalist Susan Phillips will look at the community impacts of shale gas development in Pennsylvania

Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Presentation Abstract:

Pennsylvania hosted the country’s first energy boom when Edwin Drake struck oil in 1859. Coal mining also helped define the state's economy, fueling the country’s industrial revolution. And shallow natural gas deposits have a long extraction history in Pennsylvania. Despite the state's history of mineral extraction, or perhaps because of it, the modern shale gas rush has not always been welcome with open arms by members of local communities.

This talk will focus on how the sudden onslaught of drilling for Marcellus Shale gas has benefited some residents, and hurt others. I’ll discuss how Marcellus Shale drilling has divided tight knit communities, what the implications have been for local authorities, and how small towns and first responders with limited budgets have had to adapt to greater traffic, population explosions, and shrinking housing markets.

About the Speaker:

Susan Phillips is the multi-media energy reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania, an online and broadcast collaboration among NPR, WHYY in Philadelphia, and WITF in Harrisburg. She covers the fiscal and environmental impact of the state's booming energy economy, focusing on the Marcellus Shale. Phillips, along with her reporting partner Scott Detrow, recently won the 2013 duPont-Columbia award for their coverage. The StateImpact Pennsylvania team also won the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for best broadcast related website. In 2010 Phillips produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." She began reporting for WHYY in 2004, after graduating from the Columbia School of Journalism in 2003. She earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.

About the Series:

Hosted and sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, our second annual webinar series highlights emerging issues in shale gas development. The series is publicly available online and promoted to both domestic and international academic and policy communities, including governmental officials, think tank analysts, climate change advocates, professors, and students. The webinar format enables interested parties to access and participate in these presentations from anywhere in the world.

The series is free and open to the public.

To register for the online event:
1. Go to https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/415970839
2. Click "Register."
3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click "Submit."

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.

A recording of the presentation will be posted online for public access after the event. 

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac-based attendees
Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees
iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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