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State, Federal Officials to Discuss Marcellus Shale at DU

State and federal lawmakers and the state secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will discuss Marcellus Shale and energy policy in a community, town-hall meeting on the Duquesne University campus.

The 2010 Pittsburgh Energy Forum, sponsored by Duquesne’s Student Government Association (SGA) and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP), is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Power Center Ballroom, at the corner of Chatham Square and Forbes Avenue.

Panelists will include:

  • John K. Baillie, senior attorney, Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future
  • Congressman Mike Doyle, D-14
  • John Hanger, DEP secretary
  • Dennis Yablonsky, chief executive officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development & Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh.

Moderator will be Dr. John F. Stolz, director of DU’s Center for Environmental Research and Education.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session, then a networking reception.

The forum will focus on the possible environmental and economic impact of these issues on our region and the nation, according to SGA President James Regar.

“We want to get students at the college-level interested in energy policy reform, get them active and give them know-how about federal and state policies in the energy area,” Regar said.

The forum will examine Marcellus Shale and the controversies surrounding extraction of the natural gas it contains, as well as what possible changes might accompany this new extraction of energy in Pittsburgh and the region, including potential job possibilities, Regar said.

To register, visit the PUMP website.

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