Category Archives: Shale Gas Events

Fracking and Drinking Water: Konschnik Speaks at NGA’s Water Policy Institute

ELP Executive Director Kate Konschnik spoke at the National Governors Association’s Water Policy Institute in Annapolis on August 8, about protecting drinking water while developing shale energy. The National Governors Association hosted the two-day conference to inform state advisers about new research and best practices in water management, covering topics such as infrastructure, conservation, financing, […]

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EPI Director Konschnik Discusses Hydraulic Fracturing Reporting at Harvard Kennedy School

Kate Konschnik, founding Director of the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative, presented at the New Directions in Regulation seminar series, hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School Regulatory Policy Program, on September 17. Her presentation, Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Reporting and Disclosure: Analysis of FracFocus Data and Lessons Learned, discussed the challenges and opportunities for improvement in industry […]

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Policy Director Kate Konschnik argues for Goal-Oriented Disclosure Design in Shale Oil and Gas Development

EPI Director Kate Konschnik has published a new article, Goal-Oriented Disclosure Design for Shale Oil and Gas Development, in the Natural Resources Journal. In her article, Kate argues that disclosure laws are more effective when they are viewed as a means to achieving worthwhile policy goals. The key is to identify target audiences – those […]

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EPI Publishes Peer-Reviewed Article on Fracking in Environmental Science & Technology

EPI Policy Director, Kate Konschnik with Mark Boling of Southwestern Energy has published a peer-reviewed article on approaches to risk mitigation in the shale gas context. The paper will be published as part of a special issue on Shale Gas Development: Risk and Risk Governance, which is a collection of papers coming out of the National Research Council conference […]

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Kate Konschnik testifies before DOE Task Force

EPI Director, Kate Konschnik, testified yesterday at a FracFocus Task force of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board on shale gas information disclosure. Discussing the tendency of energy companies to claim trade secrets when asked to disclose specific chemicals used in the shale gas extraction process, Konschnik explained that in other industries, providing the public an opportunity to challenge the […]

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Kate Konschnik Speaks about Shale Gas Governance at NRC Workshop

On August 15-16, 2013, the National Research Council hosted a workshop on the Governance of Risks of Unconventional Shale Gas Development. Kate Konschnik, EPI Policy Director, spoke about shale gas governance challenges at the workshop. View her talk here.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Laws Panel

One October 16, 2013, the Environmental Policy Initiative and CERES hosted a panel entitled, “Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Laws: Are We Getting the Information We Really Need?” Watch video:

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Policy Initiative Releases Report on Fracking Chemical Disclosure

The Policy Initiative issued “Legal Fractures: Why the Voluntary Chemical Disclosure Registry Fails as a Regulatory Compliance Tool,” a report questioning the reliance of eleven states on a third party website for oil and gas industry reporting requirements. The two-year-old registry, FracFocus, is intended to  provide information to the public about the chemicals used in […]

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Goho Quoted in News Stories About Dryden Fracking Ordinance Litigation

Clinical Instructor Shaun Goho was quoted in several news stories in recent days regarding a case challenging a local ordinance that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) within the town’s borders. The town of Dryden, New York, banned gas drilling through a revision to its zoning code in 2011.   A gas drilling company that owns leases in […]

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Goho Publishes Op-Ed on LNG Exports

Clinical Instructor Shaun Goho today published an op-ed in Yale Environment 360 on proposals to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.  The article, In U.S., the Lure of Export May Further Fuel Natural Gas Boom, argues that the Department of Energy should authorize new LNG export facilities only in a slow and […]

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