Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Eddy Theater (located off of Murray Hill Avenue, which runs between Fifth Avenue in Shadyside and Wilkins Avenue in Squirrel Hill). Parking is available in the lot next to the Eddy Theatre.)
With increased shale fracking comes lots more liquid and solid waste, including hazardous and radioactive materials; yet oil and gas waste has exemptions from federal and state regulations. Where is all the waste going? How should we handle this waste?
Our panel of experts representing various perspectives on the issue will discuss the scope of the problem, and offer best practices and policy suggestions. Presentations plus Q&A.
May 12, 2015
5:30 Reception 6-8 p.m. Forum
Free and Open to the Public
A program of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s “Straight Scoop on Shale” initiative, in collaboration with Chatham’s Office of Sustainability and Falk School of Sustainability.
- Nadia Steinzor, Earthworks Eastern Program Coordinator and Lead Author of Earthworks’ new report, Wasting Away, about shale waste disposal practice and policy in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York
- Scott Perry, Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Deputy Secretary for Oil & Gas Management
- Carl Spadaro, Environmental General Manager, MAX Environmental (firm handles shale waste)
- Barbara Lucia, Citizen Activist, West Side Alliance of Warren
- Doug Kepler, Vice President, Environmental Engineering; Seneca Resources Corporation
Stephanie Ritenbaugh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Reporter for P-G’s PowerSource
As shale gas fracking expands in Pennsylvania so does the amount of liquid and solid waste generated, including hazardous and radioactive materials, yet oil and gas waste has exemptions from federal and state regulations. How do we handle the increasing amount of waste, and minimize environmental and public health impact?
Unconventional natural gas drilling produces a greater volume of wastewater and solids than traditional gas operations, but fracking waste has not yet received much attention. The panel of experts at the Shale Waste Disposal Forum will discuss the scope of the problem, provide various perspectives on this issue and offer best practices and policy solutions. Panelist Nadia Steinzor, the lead author of Earthworks’ new report, Wasting Away, about shale waste disposal practice and policy in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York, says that current regulation is “piecemeal” and “scattered among different areas of government.” Because of regulatory exemptions, “wastes are treated and disposed of using systems not designed to handle them.”
For more information or to RSVP:
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