Finger Lakes Environment & Development Conf. July 21-22 Geneva

July 21-July 22, 2011 Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
2011 Finger Lakes Environment and Development Conference:
Proactive Approaches to Managing Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development

Hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges

About the Conference
This 2-day conference will provide education, information resources, and practical knowledge regarding potential costs and benefits of shale gas development in NY, for the purpose of facilitating informed decision-making by individuals, non-profit organizations, municipalities, health professionals, planners and their counsel. Registration Fee includes meals, on campus parking and printed conference materials.

Keynote Speaker: John H. Quigley
Principal of John H. Quigley LLC, Strategic Advisor to Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture), and former Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Additional Speakers:
James Dunne Ph.D., Director of Property Tax Research, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance
Rachel Treichler, J.D.
Christopher Denton, J.D.
Richard Lippes, J.D. – Legal Advisor, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Meghan Thoreau – Planner, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
Erica Levine Powers, Esq. (J.D., LL.M. Taxation); Adjunct Faculty, Planning Law and Environmental Law at University at Albany
Stuart Gruskin, J.D., former Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Agenda Items:
Thursday, July 21
Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing and Regulatory Background in NY State
-Implications of state and local tax structure for maximizing benefits of Marcellus Shale development

Economic Impacts of Unconventional Shale Gas Development
-Implications of state and local tax structure for maximizing benefits of Marcellus Shale development

Health Impacts of Hydrofracking

Shale Gas Development and Municipal/Regional Planning
-Protecting roads and Watersheds using home rule
-Municipal planning and preventing negative impacts of shale gas development

A Best Practices Approach to Managing Shale Gas Development

Friday, July 22
Proactive steps for landowners and their counsel

Primer on the revised Draft Supplementary Generic EIS/or what the EIS doesn’t regulate

Avoiding common pitfalls of the oil and gas lease

Local approaches to protecting watersheds, parks, and municipal interests

Discussion about response to DGEIS
-Protection of water sources (surface and ground)
-Protection of air quality
-Accident/spill reporting, response, and liability

Professional Credits
Conference coordinators are in the process of applying for approval for CLE credits for attorneys and CM credits for planners. Contact Sarah Meyer at to indicate interest and to obtain the status of credit availability and cost.

Overnight Accommodations
Limited campus housing is available to participants and can be added ($30 per person) to your registration fee at check out. Alternative overnight accommodations in Geneva, NY include the Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn, Belhurst Castle, Geneva On The Lake, Microtel Inn and Suites, Days Inn, and others.

Event Sponsors
Finger Lakes Institute
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance


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