WVU College of Law to Host Two-Day Look at Shale Drilling

Morgantown Dominion Post
20 October 2011
Submitted to The Dominion Post

WVU’s College of Law is hosting a two-day exploration of economic and regulatory issues surrounding Marcellus shale natural gas recovery.

Marcellus shale drilling — its economic potential and the regulatory issues faced by state lawmakers in protecting the economy and the environment — is the subject of “Drilling Down on Regulatory Challenges: Balancing Preservation and Profitability in the Development of Shale Gas Resources,” set for Oct. 27-28 on the WVU campus.

A reception and banquet featuring keynote speaker Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 27, at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center. Speakers and panel discussions will be held at the Marilyn E. Lugar Courtroom (room 165) from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 28.

Registration is $150 for the entire event. Info or to register: energy.law.wvu.edu/ events or contact Samantha Stefanov at 304-293-5301 or samantha.stefanov@mail. wvu.edu.

The lunchtime keynote speaker Oct. 28 is Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association, and a former U.S. congressman from Oklahoma.

Also appearing will be Mark K. Boling, Southwestern Energy Company; Elizabeth Burleson, Pace Law School, Pace University; Hanna Chang, Earthjustice; Heather Corken, Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.; Joshua P. Fershee, University of North Dakota School of Law; Stuart F. Gruskin, Gruskin; Gordon Thomas Kinnaman, Bucknell University; Christopher S. Kulander, Texas Tech University School of Law; David McMahon, attorney; Ben Price, The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund; Jerry Richey, Consol Energy and CNX Gas Co.; Matt Watson, Environmental Defense Fund; Tom S. Witt, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, WVU College of Business and Economics.