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Challenging Marcellus Shale: Rachel Carson Conference Addresses Alternatives

Two Duquesne Professors to Share Expertise at Friday Event

As Western Pennsylvania grapples with the benefits and risks of Marcellus Shale drilling, the upcoming Rachel Carson Homestead Association’s annual Legacy Conference will focus on Challenging Marcellus Shale—Consequences and Alternatives.

Two Duquesne University professors, Drs. John Stolz and Kent Moors, will share their expertise at the daylong conference on Friday, Sept. 24, that will address the health, environmental and community effects facing Pennsylvania.

Stolz, director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education and an environmental microbiology professor, will participate in the opening presentation, which will include a three-minute video taken from a helicopter over local drilling sites. The film captures wells, but also pipelines, refineries and compressors, showing that drilling impacts a larger surface area than typically acknowledged.

Moors, director of the Energy Policy Research Group and a political science professor, will participate in a panel discussion led by state Sen. James Ferlo about the consequences of development to communities and society.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, a Ph.D. and medical doctor, the founder of The Natural Step and one of Sweden’s foremost cancer scientists, will speak about sustainable processes.

"This event is not a greenwash or a pie in the sky utopian view of the world," says Patty DeMarco of the Rachel Carson Homestead. "It is about the choices we are making now and the options we create or destroy for the future generations."

The Center for Environmental Research and Education is a partner in the presentation of this conference, which starts at 8:30 a.m. at Carnegie Mellon University.

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