Reference Agenda

Thursday, July 21

7:50- 8:50 am
Registration and continental breakfast

8:50-9:00 Welcome Address and Introductions

  • Lisa Cleckner, Ph.D., Director of Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Beth Kinne, J.D., LL.M., Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

 9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker
Shale gas environmental issues: A Natural Resource Perspective

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

10:00-11:00 Session 1: Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing and Regulatory Background
Hydrofracking in New York State: The Regulatory and Policy Big Picture

  • Stuart Gruskin, J.D., Gruskin Gordon; former Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    Mark Lichtenstein, Executive Director, SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions

 11:00-11:30 Break

 11:30-12:30 Session 2: Economic Impacts of Unconventional Shale Gas Development
Oil and Gas Drilling and New York’s Real Property Tax Assessments

  • James Dunne, Ph.D., Director of Property Tax Research, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance

Economic Impacts of Marcellus Shale: Pennsylvania’s Experience

12:30-1:30 Lunch with Self-Selected Focus Groups

Please sit at the table(s) labeled with the focus group you would like to join.

  • Public education
  • Municipal planning and decision-making
  • Regulatory framework and legal strategies
  • Comments on 2011 draft SGEIS
  • Health services and emergency planning
  • Landowner priorities and concerns
    Finger Lakes Institute Interns

1:30-2:30 Session 3: Health Impacts of Hydrofracking

 Shale Gas Industry Impacts on Water Quality: Incident Frequencies, Potential Pathways and Chemicals of Concern

  • Ronald E. Bishop, Ph.D., C.H.O., Lecturer, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, SUNY College at Oneonta

Potential Health Effects of Marcellus Shale Activities:  The Need for Public Health Surveillance

  • Bernard Goldstein, M.D., Interim Director, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities; Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Moderator: Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Ph.D., Deputy Director, EHSC Community Outreach and Engagement Core; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center

2:30-3:00 Break

 3:00-4:00 Session 4: Shale Gas Development and Municipal/Regional Planning

Protecting Watersheds from Industrial Gas Development: What Municipalities in New York Can Do

Local Strategies to Prohibit Fracking- a Legal Toolbox for Local Self Determination

  • John Lyons, Esq., Partner, Grant & Lyons, LLP
    Melissa Young, Program Manager, Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University

 4:00-5:00 Session 5: A Best Practices Approach to Managing Shale Gas Development

5:00-6:00 Free time
Stop at Belhurst’s Castle Ballroom for cash bar and networking

 6:00-8:00 pm Dinner at Belhurst Castle (Castle Ballroom) with live folk music by Glass Half Full

Shuttle service provided 5:15-6:30 and 7:30-8:30 pm between HWS Medbery Parking Lot and Belhurst Castle, 4069 Lockeland Road, Route 14 South, Geneva, NY


Day 2: Friday, July 22

All day:
Finger Lakes Region Gas Lease Mapping Report Display

  • Sarah Eckel, Legislative & Policy Director at Citizens Campaign for the Environment

7:50-8:50 am
Registration and continental breakfast

 8:50-9:00 Welcome Address and Introductions

  • Khristopher Dodson, Communications and Program Manager, Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University
  • Beth Kinne, J.D., LL.M., Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

 9:00- 10:00 Concurrent Sessions (choose one)

Session 6A: Negotiating the Financial and Surface Use Components of the Oil and Gas Leases

 Session 6B: Regulation and Litigation Options Concerning Gas Drilling

 10:00-10:30 Break

 10:30 – 11:30  Concurrent Sessions (choose one)

Session 7A:  Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development on Agriculture and Agricultural Lands -Panel

Session 7B: Protecting Watershed and Municipal Interests -Panel

11:30-12:30 pm BBQ Lunch at Scandling Center Patio/Café (1st Floor)

12:30-1:30 Session 8: Development of a Tool Kit for Mitigating Effects of Marcellus Shale Development

The goal of the facilitated breakout sessions is to create an outline for the contents and focus of a tool kit that can be used to help communities understand the potential impacts of shale gas development at the local and regional levels, create strategies for mitigating impacts, and identify necessary resources to implement those strategies.

  •  Environmental Impacts
    Aimee Clinkhammer, Project Scientist for Research Support, SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions
    Location: Vandervort Room
  • Social/Economic Impacts
    Krys Cail
    Location: Vandervort Room
  • Infrastructure/Planning Impacts
    Khris Dodson
    Location: Vandervort Lounge

1:30-2:00 Break

 2:00-3:00 Session 9: Summary of Breakout Session
Representatives from each working group report to group as a whole in Vandervort Room
Mark Lichtenstein
Location: Vandervort Room

 3:00 Closing Remarks

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