Friday, November 17, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Room 165, Thompson Library
The COMPAS Program presents a
Continuing the Sustainability Conversation event:
"Shale gas development in Ohio and environmental justice"
Areas in Ohio are experiencing a surge in the development of unconventional sources of fossil fuels, especially the use of hydraulic fracturing (HF) technologies to gain access to natural gas trapped in shale rock. HF combines horizontal drilling with an extremely high-pressure injection of “brine” deep underground that fractures shale rock and releases trapped bubbles of gas that then rise to the surface.
This panel will explore the environmental, economic and social burdens and benefits of this development. It will ask whether these burdens and benefits are being shared in an equitable way and whether those who are most affected have the opportunity for fair and meaningful participation in decision-making regarding HF.
- Kathy Braiser (Associate Professor of Rural Sociology Penn State) via Skype
- Scott Kell (Assistant Chief, ODNR Division of Oil & Gas Resources)
- Greg Pace (Board of Directors, Ohio Community Rights Network, Guernsey County Citizens Support on Drilling Issues)
- Christopher Penrose (Associate Professor, OSU Extension Shale Education Program)
- Rhonda Reda (Executive Director, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program)