Sallan Curated NYC Events

Event Details

Around Town

The Politics Of Fracking

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012

The process of drilling for natural gas, commonly known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," continues to be a polarizing issue in communities across the country. The promise of a new source of cleaner domestic energy needs to be weighed against the potential environmental dangers fracking may hold.

Fracking has the potential to provide a domestic source of energy that pollutes less than coal and petroleum when burned. Expansion of the practice would provide jobs and income to thousands in many economically depressed areas and may lessen America's dependence on foreign energy sources. However, fracking requires injecting sand, water and chemicals deep into the ground, presenting the potential for a number of serious environmental dangers to communities. It also requires an enormous industrial footprint and can contaminate groundwater supplies miles from the fracking site.

Recently, the debate over fracking has taken on greater political importance. Some residents in economically distressed areas in Upstate New York, for example, support the process because they believe it will bring jobs and raise property values. Others believe that the potential environmental devastation far outweighs fracking's potential economic and energy benefits. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to be seeking a compromise by allowing fracking in selected areas in the state that approve the process on a local level. Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council oppose this plan.

Our panel of experts will discuss how fracking is being addressed in the political and policy arenas. Do supporters of fracking exaggerate its economic benefits while understating its environmental harm? To what extent will fracking benefit local communities and not just the entrenched interests of the mining industry? Do opponents overstate the potential for environmental degradation? Should the decision to allow fracking be left to individual communities? If we reject fracking, what are the implications for the development of alternative sources of energy?

Sponsors: The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity & the Sustainability Practice Network (SPNS)

Date: Thursday, September 13, 6:15 - 8 pm

Location: Baruch College's Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave (enter on 24th or 25th Street), Rm 14-220

Panelists:
Terry Engelder, Professor of Geosciences - Penn State University; Eric Goldstein, NYC Environment Director - Natural Resources Defense Council; Walter Hang, President - Toxics Targeting; Bridget Lee, Associate Attorney - Earthjustice; and Tom Shepstone, Principal - Shepstone Management Co.

RSVP: The event is free and open to the public, but pre-reglstration in required. Baruch-Zicklin School of Business; phone: 646-312-3231; or email matthew.lepere@baruch.cuny.edu

August 2019
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
       
1
2
3
5
6
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
16
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

Upcoming Events

Sallan Sponsored Event
Do No Harm: Achieving Net Zero Buildings
25 Sep
Join us for this NY Climate Week event on the role of urban, high-density, net-zero-energy projects in meeting the demands of our climate crisis.
Event Details
Around Town
Taking Action
2 Sep
Americans are worried but inactive about the climate crisis + often underestimate the public consensus that already exists on climate. Taking Action aims to help reverse this cycle by providing guidance + support on specific civic actions we can take together for climate progress + it is staffed largely by high school volunteers inspired to share climate solutions information
Event Details
Around Town
Global Climate Strike
20 Sep
At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces + homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Join us
Event Details
Around Town
Taking Action
27 Oct
Young people everywhere are demanding society confront the climate crisis with a new level of urgency + this inspires an exhibit featuring hands-on learning about solutions June 1 – October 27
Event Details