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Keeping NC’s Water, Air and Communities Safe from Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas

1:30 to 5:30 PM, September 10, 2011 Pittsboro NC
Summit on Impacts of Fracking at the 27th Annual Meeting of Clean Water for NC

A packed auditorium of folks at the Pittsboro Campus of Central Carolina Community College was enlightened, inspired and motivated to action by the scientific studies, personal experiences of impacted folks from TX and PA, and legal and leasing expertise shared by great speakers at the Sept. 10 Summit on the impacts of fracking for gas. We’ve received lots of ideas, events and other plans for action from many of those who attended the Summit—please continue to send them! If you did not attend, please sign up for our list of emailed “fracking updates” (approximately weekly), let us know if you’d like to volunteer to help set up an event in your area, follow the links to the speaker presentations below, or explore other fracking resources.

“Woes of Fracking Fill Air At Summit”, Raleigh News & Observer, Sept. 11, 2011

Speaker presentations

Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing on Water Resources: Assessing the Broader Environmental Footprint of Shale Gas Drilling Hydraulic Fracturing (pdf) – Dr. Avner Vengosh, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences
The ‘Good’, the Bad and the Ugly: Effects of the Gas Extraction Boom on PA’s Most Impacted County (pdf) – Carol French & Carolyn Knapp, dairy farmers from Bradford Co., PA, Co-founders of PA Landowners’ Group for Awareness and Solutions Bradford Co.
Panelists during the first half of the SummitPredatory Contracts & Landowner Rights: Mineral Rights Leasing in NC (pdf) – Jordan Treakle, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)
Fractured Communities, Fractured Lives: Dealing with the Social, Community and Environmental Impacts of Surging Gas Extraction (pdf) – Dr. Simona Perry, Research Associate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Tina Motley-Pearson, Maribel Sierra, Calvin Tillman and Avner Vengosh watch a presentation
The Effects of Natural Gas Development on Small Communities: Air pollution, Pipelines, Compressor Stations and the Need for Landowners and Communities to Test their Water and Air (pdf) – Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, TX, Founder,
NC Legal and Regulatory Control of Natural Gas Exploration (pdf) – Ryke Longest, Director, Duke University Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, & Jennifer Hayes, Duke University Law School

Photo credits: M. Tyler and K. Hicks

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