IUP Marcellus Shale Week

  • Gas Rig

    A Community and University Symposium

    November 3, 4, 5, 2010

    IUP Student Union (the HUB); Eberly Auditorium; and the Indiana Theater, Downtown Indiana, Pa.

    The gains from natural gas from Marcellus Shale are well known—jobs, energy, and economic gains for secondary business and industry. A three-day symposium, “Marcellus Shale and a Sustainable Future: Balancing Energy, the Economy, and the Environment,” explores the lesser-known aspects, such as the historical, social-environmental, legal, political, and health issues related to gas extraction. The conference includes a balanced series of topics, with speakers and panelists from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, and SUNY–Oneonta, plus University of Pittsburgh faculty, other regional scholars, state-elected and agency officials, corporate executives, and representatives from statewide environmental groups, as well as community members and students.

    Free admission to all events.

    Note to area teachers: Act 48 credit is available

    Tentative Schedule

    Wednesday, November 3, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

    Gasland documentary (2010 Sundance Film Festival Award) by Joshua Fox, Milanville Pa.

    IUP College of Business and Information Technology, Eberly Auditorium, with panel discussion. Student facilitators from the IUP Anthropology Club, IUP ECO, and the IUP chapter of the National Society of Professional Journalists

    Guest Panelists:

    • Myron Arnowitt, Pennsylvania State director of Clean Water Action
    • Paul Hart, President of Hart Resource Technologies, Inc., Pennsylvania Brine Treatment, Inc.
    • David Prushnok, Managing Partner of Andray Mining and P&N Coal Company
    • Nina Kaktins, Community Member, Graduate Student, IUP School of Nursing

    Music to be announced

    Thursday, November 4, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Full-day symposium with presentations on the hour, including afternoon student session and posters. IUP Student Union, Ohio Room

    8:00–9:15 a.m. The History of Resource Extraction in Northern Appalachia

    • Student facilitator from the IUP History Club, Allisha Tull
    • Dr. Jim Dougherty, director, IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, IUP Department of Sociology, “Legacies of the Coal Industry”
    • Samuel MacDonald, author, “On The Agony of an American Wilderness: The History of Logging in Appalachia
    • David Waples, instructor at Penn State University–Behrend, manager of corporate communications at National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, “Energy's Stepchild: a History of Appalachian Natural Gas Industry”

    9:30–10:45 a.m. Marcellus Shale Overview: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    • David Yoxtheimer, representative from Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, “Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania”
    • Jim Ferlo, Pennsylvania State Senator, 38th Senatorial District, “Legislation on Drilling in Pittsburgh” (tentative)
    • Dr. Brian Okey, IUP Department of Geography and Regional Planning, “Natural Gas in the Context of Traditional and Alternative Energy Sources”

    11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Marcellus Shale: What Lies Below: Environmental and Social Impacts – Community Drinking Water

    • Dr. Conrad Dan Volz, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, “The fractracker.org data platform, a hypothesis generating tool for tracking Marcellus Shale gas extraction impacts”; and “Preliminary results of air sampling for Hazardous Air Pollutants from gas field operations”
    • Cindy Rogers, The Evergreen Conservancy, “Perspectives on Fracking and stream quality in Indiana County”
    • Rodney Ruddock, Indiana County Commissioner, “Commentary on Marcellus in Indiana County”

    12:30–1:45 p.m. Environmental and Social Impacts Part II – Safety and Ecological Sustainability

    • Dr. John Stolz, Duquesne University, Center for Environmental Research and Education “The Ecology of Marcellus Drilling and What it Means to You”
    • Dr. Laura Rhodes, IUP Department of Safety Science, “OSHA Top Ten Gas & Oil Citations: Looking Back and Preparing for the Future”

    2:00–3:15 p.m. Political and Legal Considerations

    • John Baillie, senior attorney, PennFuture, “The PA Fair Pooling Act”
    • Hon. Dave Reed, Pennsylvania State Representative, 62nd Legislative District, “The Fair Pooling Act in Our Region”

    3:30–5:00 p.m. Interdisciplinary IUP Student Research on Marcellus Shale — Papers and Poster Session

    IUP Student Union, Monongahela Room

    • Participation from IUP departments, including Sociology, Anthropology, Geography and Regional Planning, Biology, Safety Sciences, and English

    7:00–8:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Eberly Auditorium

    • Introductory comments: Dr. Yaw Asamoah, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Dr. Ron Bishop, Professor, Department of Chemistry, State University of New York-Oneonta. “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Pennsylvania in the National Context”

    Opening music performed by Joe's Legacy: The Joe Yeslovich Family Fiddlers, featuring Dr. Carl Rahkonen, ethnomusicologist, IUP professor and music librarian, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

    Friday, November 5, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

    Community showing of Gasland documentary (2010 Sundance Film Festival Award) by Joshua Fox, Milanville, Pa., followed by a panel discussion. Indiana Theater, 641 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, Pa. Student facilitators from the IUP chapter of the National Society of Professional Journalists.  Facilitator: Sherene Hess, Indiana League of Women Voters

    Guest Panelists:

    • Mary Beth Sweeney, Indiana League of Women Voters
    • Paul Hart, president of Hart Resource Technologies, Inc., Pennsylvania Brine Treatment, Inc.
    • Nina Kaktins, Community Member, IUP School of Nursing
    • Other participants to be announced

    Local Lodging Options


    Comfort Inn (PA 442)

    1350 Indian Springs Rd., Indiana, PA, 15701

    • Phone: (724) 465-7000
    • Fax: (724) 465-7892

    Hampton Inn

    1275 Indiana Springs Road, Indiana, PA, 15701

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    Holiday Inn Indiana PA

    1395 Wayne Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701

    • Phone: (724) 463-3561

    Quality Inn & Suites (PA 622)

    1545 Wayne Avenue , Indiana, PA, 15701

    • Phone: (724) 349-9620
    • Fax: (724) 349-2620

    Super 8

    111 Plaza Drive, Indiana, PA 15701
    Rt 422 & Rt 286

    • Phone: 724-349-4600

    Twin Pines Motel

    420 East Pike, Indiana, PA 15701

    • Phone: (724) 465-6161


    Comfort Inn

    1085 SR 22 Highway West, Blairsville, PA 15717-7918

    • Phone: (724) 459-7100

    Blairsville Hampton Inn

    62 Pine Ridge Road, Blairsville, PA 15717

    • Phone: (724) 459-5920

    Program Co-directors

    Dr. Laurence Kruckman, Department of Anthropology, kruckman@iup.edu, 724-422-8525

    Dr. Jim Dougherty, director, Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, jdoc@iup.edu, 724-357-2734

    Dr. Amanda Poole, faculty sponsor of ECO, amanda.poole@iup.edu


    IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, IUP College of Humanities and Social Sciences, IUP chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) student chapter, Rho Sigma Kappa (the IUP Honor Society within the Safety Sciences Department), IUP ECO, Anthropology Club, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, English/Research Writing, Department of History, Department of Political Science, IUP Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership, PennFuture, Murtha Institute for Homeland Security, and others pending official acceptance