Thursday, July 21, 2011

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

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

 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

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

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

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