Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Coffee Hour: Managing Marcellus: a Panel Discussion - is it fracked?

Coffee Hour: Managing Marcellus: Not If, But How

Time: November 11, 2011 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Place: Refreshments in 319 Walker at 3:30 p.m., Discussion in 112 Walker at 4:00

This week's Department of Geography Coffee Hour will be a panel on "Managing Marcellus" with a variety of perspectives from professionals on all sides of the issues. The panelists are:

Jim Richenderfer, director of technical programs, for the Susquehanna River BasinCommission (SRBC)

Bruce Snyder, Range Resources (company that employs man who called for Counter Insurgency Operations on the public and called them 'Insurgents.' Post can be found HERE

Kathy Brasier, associate professor of rural sociology, Penn State

Discussion Facilitator: James R. Grace, Goddard Chair in the School of Forest Resources, Penn State.

Dr. Grace sets the context for the panel:

"The development of natural gas contained within the geologic formation called Marcellus shale will likely prove to be one of the most significant events in Pennsylvania history. The actions associated with this phenomenon will impact our citizens and communities economically, ecologically, socially, and politically.

"At this point in time, the discussion should not be focused on whether we should have Marcellus gas development within Pennsylvania—that horse is out of the barn. The more pertinent questions revolve around how we can manage the gas development activities in a manner which preserves our environmental quality of life and deals with our social needs while providing economic benefits to our citizens and bolsters our supply of clean energy.

"The panel assembled contains three professionals, working in the Marcellus arena. They will give their views from the industry, social, and environmental/water, perspectives on the challenges and issues involved with Marcellus gas development. Hopefully a vigorous question and discussion period will follow."
Coffee Hour is also webcast live. The URL will be posted on the event web site. For questions, please contact Angela Rogers, geography@psu.edu

The people need to be present at this meeting. There are a thousand questions one could ask. Some of them are below.

Q: Does the oil and gas industry test for radioactive materials in produced water? If so, how and what is done with radioactive produced water?

Q: One claims that the industry cannot stop its operations, 'Why shouldn't the industry wait until the EPA has finalized its report on whether hydraulic fracturing has the probability of causing adverse environmental and human health impacts?

Q: If the oil and gas industry is free of causing adverse impacts, why do they need full exemptions from the very laws that protect humans and the environment such as; The Clean Water Act, The Safe Drinking Water Act, the Superfund Act, The Clean Air Act et cetera?

Q: Natural Gas is a fossil fuel, how can one assert its clean? Why not invest in healthy energy solutions?

Q: Of the tens of thousands of reported toxic water spills, groundwater contaminations, aquifer contaminations, adverse human health impacts, why do we accept this as Americans at a negative cost benefit to the environment and humans?

Q: Of all of the reported groundwater contaminations, has the industry cleaned them and if so, how?

Q: when drilling and using the process called fracking, how much Naturally Occuring Radioactive Materials (NORM) are accumulated and are their tests to determine the type and amounts of radioactive materials? What are the hazards?

Q: What kind of radioactive tracers are used and what is their half-life?

Q: What can you tell me about Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and would you want a VOC combustor flare by your house so that the invisible emissions waft into your child's bedroom?

QUESTION FOR RANGE RESOURCES: Do you approve of the counter insurgency tactics your colleague, Matt Pitzarella has stated, and was recently recorded and reported on by CNBC that he wants to use on the 'insurgency' (the concerned people)? What does insurgency mean to you?

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