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HGA Attorney Eric Adair to Participate in Union of Concerned Scientists’ Forum on Science, Democracy, and Fracking

July 23, 2013 by Eric Adair in News with 0 Comments

Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair has been invited to participate in a two-day forum on science, democracy and community decisions on fracking on July 24-25 at UCLA.

The Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) will hold its next Lewis M. Branscomb Forum on the growth of oil and gas production enabled by fracking. This two-day conference will be a unique opportunity to join leading thinkers and key stakeholders for a dynamic discussion about the state of the science around hydraulic fracturing, the state and federal policy landscape, and what citizens and policy makers need to know to make informed decisions on oil and gas fracking.

The forum will convene leading thinkers from academia, industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and citizen groups to delve into some of the most complex challenges around fracking, centered on the following themes:

  • the current state of the science and knowledge gaps;
  • the current policy and regulatory landscape; and
  • public access to information and civic engagement.

According to the forum website,

The rapid growth in fracking is driving many communities to make decisions on fracking without access to comprehensive and reliable scientific information of the potential impacts on their air and water quality, community health, and economic well-being. This event will be a unique opportunity to join leading thinkers, community leaders, and key stakeholders for a candid discussion on the state of the science around fracking, the state and federal policy landscape, and what citizens and policy makers need to know to make informed decisions about whether, and under what conditions, to extract oil and gas using hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

Featured speakers at the forum will include: Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California Water Resources Control Board; Tom Wilber, author of Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale and Shale Gas Review blog; Jose Bravo, Executive Director of Just Transition Alliance; and, Todd Platts, former U.S. Representative (R-PA).

The public is invited to attend an open session from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday, July 25, either in person or via webinar. Registration information is available here. The program for the public session is available here, and speaker bios are available here. The list of working group participants is available here.

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