Public Forum: "Shale Boomtowns: The Economic and Social Impacts of Gas Drilling"

May 7, 2015 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm, Thursday, May 7, 2015

Multi-State Shale Research CollaborativeDiGirolamo Theatre, Bucks County Visitor Center
3207 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020

Public policy analysts, environmental advocates, and state policymakers are participating in a public forum in Bucks County to share the findings of research into the social and economic costs of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, to advocate for a state tax on gas drillers, and to call for improved environmental protection related to fracking in Pennsylvania.

Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center (KRC), will present critical research by
the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative documenting the frequently-overlooked social costs of drilling and exposing the often-exaggerated job benefits of drilling.

State Representative Gene DiGirolamo will offer a response to the research findings and talk about his legislation to require drillers to pay taxes in Pennsylvania that are comparable to those paid in every other natural gas-producing state.

Matt Stepp, Policy Director for Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture), will also discuss the findings of the reseach and the need for drilling taxes to be invested in environmental protection and clean energy.

The public forum is hosted by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and is co-sponsored by PennFuture and PennEnvironment.

Register here if you plan to attend