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Proactive approaches to managing impacts of Marcellus Shale development conference

By Upstate Institute on January 15, 2011

2011 Finger Lakes Environment and Development Conference
Proactive Approaches to Managing Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development

July 21-22, 2011
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY

This 2-day conference will provide education, information resources, and practical knowledge regarding potential costs and benefits of shale gas development in NY, for the purpose of facilitating informed decision-making by individuals, non-profit organizations, municipalities, health professionals, planners and their Quigleycounsel. Registration Fee includes meals, on campus parking and printed conference materials.

Keynote Speaker:

  • John H. Quigley, Principal of John H. Quigley LLC, Strategic Advisor to Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture), and former Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Additional Speakers:

  • James Dunne, Director of Property Tax Research, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance
  • Rachel Treichler, J.D.
  • Christopher Denton, J.D.
  • Richard Lippes, J.D. – Legal Advisor, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
  • Meghan Thoreau – Planner, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Erica Levine Powers, Esq. (J.D., LL.M. Taxation); Adjunct Faculty, Planning Law & Environmental Law at University at Albany
  • Stuart Gruskin, J.D., former Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Darby Kiley, Planner, Tompkins County
  • Ronald Bishop, Ph.D., SUNY Oneonta Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • John Lyons, Partner, Grant & Lyons, LLP
  • Bernard Goldstein, M.D., Professor at University of Pittsburgh Department of Environmental and Occupational Health


  • Beth Kinne, J.D., Environmental Studies Program, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Katrina Smith Korfmacher, PhD, Deputy Director, EHSC Community Outreach and Engagement Core; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Lisa Cleckner, Director, Finger Lakes Institute

Agenda Items:
Thursday, July 21

  • Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing and Regulatory Background in NY State
    • Implications of state and local tax structure for maximizing benefits of Marcellus Shale development
  • Economic Impacts of Unconventional Shale Gas Development
    • Implications of state and local tax structure for maximizing benefits of Marcellus Shale development
  • Health Impacts of Hydrofracking
  • Shale Gas Development and Municipal/Regional Planning
    • Protecting roads and Watersheds using home rule
    • Municipal planning and preventing negative impacts of shale gas development
  • A Best Practices Approach to Managing Shale Gas Development

Friday, July 22

  • Proactive steps for landowners and their counsel
  • Primer on the revised Draft Supplementary Generic EIS/or what the EIS doesn’t regulate
  • Avoiding common pitfalls of the oil and gas lease
  • Local approaches to protecting watersheds, parks, and municipal interests
  • Discussion about response to DGEIS
    • Protection of water sources (surface and ground)
    • Protection of air quality
    • Accident/spill reporting, response, and liability

Professional Credits
Conference coordinators are in the process of applying for approval for CLE credits for attorneys and CM credits for planners. Contact Sarah Meyer at smeyer@hws.edu to indicate interest and to obtain the status of credit availability and cost.

Registration Fees
Day 1 $100
Day 2 $75
Both Days $150
Fee includes meals, printed conference materials, and on-campus parking and shuttle transportation. Students interested in attending this conference should contact smeyer@hws.edu directly so that special arrangements can be made to make it possible for you to attend.

Overnight Accommodations
Limited campus housing is available to participants and can be added ($30 per person) to your registration fee at check out. Alternative overnight accommodations in Geneva, NY include the Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn, Belhurst Castle, Geneva On The Lake, Microtel Inn and Suites, Days Inn, and others.

Information Exchange
Participants are invited to bring copies of educational resources for sharing. Place them on the communal table at the entrance of the conference.

Event Sponsors
Finger Lakes Institute
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance
Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University



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