N.Y. panels to debate fracking ban


ALBANY, N.Y. — Experts in fracking, land use and the law will convene for Fractured Communities: Hydraulic Fracturing and the Law in New York State at Albany Law School Sept. 24.

In the first panel at 11 a.m., four hydraulic fracturing experts will discuss climate impacts, land use and real estate issues, and economic impacts associated with natural gas drilling.

Speakers include: Elizabeth Burleson, Pace law professor and Fulbright senior specialist on climate change; Sorell E. Negro, associate, Robinson & Cole; Karen Moreau, executive director, New York State Petroleum Council; Elisabeth Radow, chair, committee on energy, agriculture and the environment of the League of Women Voters of New York.

Moderator is Tom Wilber, author, Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale.

At 1:30 p.m., there will be a debate on the legal and policy implications of Norse Energy Corp., USA v. Town of Dryden, upholding municipal bans on natural gas drilling, and the future of natural gas extraction in New York.

Panel participants include: Thomas West, managing partner, The West Firm, and counsel, Norse Energy Corporation USA; Deborah Goldberg, managing attorney, Earthjustice, and counsel, Town of Dryden. Moderator is Susan Arbetter, host, The Capitol Pressroom.

The event is free and open to the public. The event is organized by Albany Law Review and co-sponsored by the law school’s Government Law Center.

For more information, contact 518-445-3208 or ncrou@albanylaw.edu.


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  1. After receiving a grant from the NYS Council on the Arts I completed a set of 14 paintings as a visual diary of gas drilling in the Southern Tier (I have a gas well in my back field yards away from my home). I would like to share with your conference members what it is like living IN the Marcellus Shale region awaiting the REAL attack by the gas industry.
    My exhibit will be exhibited in the Bennington Museum in Vt. in 2014.
    Thank you.
    Linda Finch

  2. What, Yoko Ono is invited to this panel to speak? After all, it’s celebrities like her that have driven the anti-fracking debate In New York as opposed to geologists, hydrologists and public health officials.


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