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Boom & Bust: The Impact of Energy Extraction on Local Communities

Duquesne and Penn State University are teaming up to sponsor a two-day Boom & Bust conference focused on local impacts of the boom and bust cycle of Marcellus Shale and other energy extraction. The conference will be held Monday, Nov. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

Speakers will examine topics including economy, education, jobs training and workforce development, health and policies.

"At this stage, we feel it's critical to bring together the public, scientists, policy makers, advocates and industry representatives to discuss the cyclic nature of limited natural resources," said Dr. Alan Seadler, who leads Duquesne's Institute for Energy and the Environment. "This conference provides a neutral ground where the public and experts can interact, and develop an agenda based upon data and focused on questions impacting local communities."

Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday about how Marcellus Shale drilling has affected her region, which recently was ranked third in the nation for job growth by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Other speakers will include:

  • Dr. Barbara Sattler of the University of San Francisco, a board member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments who serves on the Fracking Committee, which has called for a national moratorium on fracking.
  • Dr. Byron Kohut of Westmoreland County Community College, director of the Marcellus ShaleNET jobs cooperative.
  • Dr. Kathy Brasier of Penn State, who researches agricultural economics, sociology and education.
  • Dr. Kent Moors, a Duquesne political science professor, who will chair a panel on local and regional policy, and health issues related to extraction.
  • Dr. Joel A. Tarr, the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, who will on the history and impacts of natural gas development in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Early bird registration is available online through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the discounted rate of $75, $95 otherwise. Student registration is $50.

Professional Development Hours are available for landscape architects and engineers.

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