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Last chance to register for Marcellus Shale event

While the Marcellus shale is recognized as one of the greatest economic opportunities for Pennsylvania, the drilling and processing of natural gas poses significant challenges and threats to local infrastructure, the environment, and public safety.

What is the best role for communities to play in safeguarding local assets and protecting the environment? Is any community doing it right? Managing Marcellus is a unique opportunity to explore the critical concerns of the Marcellus Shale and the various ways local leaders have sought to support the development of the industry with these concerns in mind.

PLEASE NOTE, registration is now closed.

The event takes place on Wednesday, July 27th at WQED studios from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m.The event is highly participatory and includes a pre-reading and brief pre and post surveys, moderated small group deliberation, Q&A panel discussion and a special (and must-seel) Deliberative Theater performance conveying the controversy and viewpoints of Shale drilling. Seating is limited and participants will be chosen by random, not first to sign up. Please note, however, that WQED will televise the event in the fall and issue a DVD about it while Pop City will provide event coverage in future issues.

At this event, participants will have the opportunity to delve deeply into a highly controversial issue with a focus on listening to all views and reaching a conclusion after deliberation. Read more about  deliberative democracy here.

Our panel includes:
Sala Udin, moderator, is a former Pittsburgh City Councilman, where he represented the 6th district, he is currently CEO of the Pittsburgh Coro Center for Civic Leadership. He has served as a moderator and panelist at several local and regional deliberative events.

Washington County Commissioner Bracken Burns has been associated with Washington County government since 1971 and has served as County Commissioner since 1996. He has been actively involved in exploring the impact of Marcellus Shale development on local infrastructure and the economy.

John Hanger
was the former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Ed Rendell. From1998 to 2008, he was president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture). Today Hanger is Special Counsel at the law firm Eckert Seamans and runs Hanger Consulting LLC.

Fayette County Commissioner Angela M. Zimmerlink is Chair of the Fayette County Marcellus Shale Task Force which has a mission to gather information and seek expert resources on both sides of the issue and present to the public through hosting programs and maintaining a website. 

Thanks to our exceptional partners: WQED-TV, the Program for Deliberative Democracy at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh CORO Center for Civic Leadership and Unseam'd Shakespeare.

Photograph courtesy Carnegie Mellon, of a previous Deliberative Democracy event

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