BU series examines Marcellus Shale drilling

For immediate release: March 15, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — A series of lectures, films and a panel discussion from March 20 to 29, most on the campus of Bloomsburg University, will explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.

Marcellus Shale Sponsored by BU’s Green Campus Initiative, Institute for Culture and Society, Institute for Human Rights and Social Justice, College of Science and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts, all programs in “Natural Gas Extraction in Marcellus Shale: Evaluating the Impacts” are open to the public free of charge.

The series includes these lectures:

  • “Marcellus Natural Gas Development’s Effect on Housing in Pennsylvania,” Bonita Kolb, associate professor of business administration, Lycoming College, Wednesday, March 21, 10 a.m., Kehr Union Ballroom.
  • “Boomtown or Hometown? What Marcellus Shale Communities Can Learn from the Oil Sands,” Michael Evans and Dennis Vroom, both from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada, Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m., Kehr Union Ballroom.
  • “Who are Those Guys? A Qualitative Analysis of Transient Gas Workers in the Marcellus Shale Region,” Matthew Filteau, doctoral student, rural sociology program, Penn State, Thursday, March 22, 3 p.m. Kehr Union, multipurpose room.
  • “Shale Energy’s Challenges and Opportunities,” Jeffrey Daniels, professor, School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University, Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m., Warren Center, room 004.
  • “The Role of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in Marcellus Shale: A Regulatory, Technical and Operational Perspective,” professional geologists Eugene Pine and Seth Pelepko, both from DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas Management, Thursday, March 29, 1 p.m., Hartline Science Center, room B36.

Also planned are free screenings of the films “Gasland,” Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m., in the Moose Exchange, 203 W. Main St., Bloomsburg; “Petropolis, Wednesday, March 21, at 2 p.m., in Warren Student Services Center, room 004; and “Crude,” Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., also in Warren Student Services Center, room 004.

The 10-day event will conclude Thursday, March 29, with a panel discussion on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale featuring representatives from industry, higher education and government. Beginning at 7 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 2303, Anthony Ingraffea, professor of engineering, Cornell University; Donny Beaver, member, Marcellus Shale Coalition; and geologists Pine and Pelepko will discuss “Projections for Pennsylvania: How Will Gas Drilling Affect Our State?”

The series offers an opportunity for area residents and members of the university community to learn about and discuss issues associated with Marcellus Shale drilling. All events are free and open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.