Sep 15: Promise and Perils of Marcellus Shale

Five faculty from Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne University come together for a discussion on the Marcellus Shale, a geological formation underlying the state of Pennsylvania containing large reserves of natural gas, and a hot button economic and environmental issue for the Pittsburgh region and the state of Pennsylvania. Refreshments will be served, and an RSVP will be required.

The discussion will cover the panelists recent investigations, or expertise on several issues related to the Shale, including trends in the energy market, environmental risks and remediation, and the proposed severance tax on drilling.

Panelists will include Kent Moors, an expert in oil and natural gas policy from the Department of Political Science at Duquesne University; Kelvin Gregory, from the Department of Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, who is leading a research team to develop new treatments for cleaning the water used in shale gas production; Jon Stolz, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquense University, and an expert on environmental microbiology and the microbial metabolism of metals and metalloids; and Robert Strauss, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Heinz College. Carnegie Mellon's Joel Tarr, Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy, will moderate.

This panel was organized by the Center for Economic Development at the Heinz College, and is co-sponsored by the University's Smart Growth Club, an organization of students interested in local government, economic development, and environmental policy.

12-1:30 in Hamburg Hall 1502 or 1000, CMU's Heinz School. For more Information, contact Greg Lagana by email or 412-268-9810.

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