Mitigating Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host the Finger Lakes Institute’s 2011 Environment and Development Conference titled, Proactive Approaches to Mitigating Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development, in Geneva. Thursday, July 21- Friday, July 22.

Throughout this two-day conference, over 20 presenters and panelists will speak on topics related to hydraulic fracturing and the regulatory background of Marcellus Shale development. Presentations and facilitated panel discussions will focus on the health and economic impacts of unconventional shale gas development as well as proactive steps landowners, municipalities, and their counsel can take regarding the costs and benefits of shale gas development.

The purpose of this conference is to provide education, information resources, and practical knowledge regarding potential costs and benefits of shale gas development in New York, to be used in facilitating informed decision-making by individuals, non-profit organizations, municipalities, health professionals, planners and their counsel.

This conference is sponsored by, and coordinated in cooperation with, the Finger Lakes Institute, the Hobart and William Smith Environmental Studies Program, the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University, Finger Lakes- Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance, and the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Conference registration fees, which include meals, printed conference materials, and on-campus parking and shuttle transportation, range from $75-150 with a reduced student rate and optional overnight accommodations for an additional cost. Application for CLE accreditation of this course program in New York is currently pending. A list of speakers, moderators, and facilitators and more information are provided at or by emailing Sarah Meyer, Finger Lakes Institute Community Outreach Coordinator, at closes on July 14.

The Finger Lakes Institute, located on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, works to promote environmental research and education of the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. For more information, visit the Finger Lakes Institute’s website at