Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

Date: September 9, 2011
Location: The Hub Cira Centre, Philadelphia
Chairs: Marc Bern, Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP and Joshua Becker, Alston & Bird LLP

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Agenda and Speakers

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Conference Venue

The Hub Cira Centre is attached to 30th Street Train Station at 2929 Arch Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia. For directions or additional information on the Hub Cira Centre, please call 1-877-843-4821 or visit their website at www.thehub.com/ciracentre.php. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Cyndy Noonan directly at 484-324-2755 x201 or cyndy.noonan@litigationconferences.com.

Topics Include:

•What are “unconventional natural gas drilling”, “shale gas,” and “hydraulic fracturing – or fracking”- a technical discussion of what it is, when it came to be and its use today
•Pre-drilling and exploration injuries
•The chemical make up of the “fracking” brew – some chemicals include diesel fuel, benzene, methanol, formaldehyde, etc.
•The hottest shale gas plays with the most drilling
•The incentives and benefits of unconventional natural gas drilling to landowners and others
•The potential harms of unconventional natural gas drilling
•Discussion of recent spills and contaminations
•What state and federal agencies like the EPA have to say about the process
•What options are available to landowners
•Potential third-party liability insurance recovery for energy companies facing allegations of fracking-related liability
•Potential first-party property and business interruption insurance coverage for energy companies engaging in fracking

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Fracking Creates Energy Source, ‘Shallionaires’ and Risk, Teleconference Panel Says
By Dylan McGuire

“Unconventional Gas Drilling and Fracking” teleconference hosted by HB Litigation Conferences on Feb. 23, 2011.

“There are people that see it as a gold mine – the ‘shallionaires’ as they call them – who think it’s the greatest thing since Jed Clampett . . . struck oil and got to move to Beverly Hills. Then on the other side you have the people that are stuck with the noise and the lights and traffic, the unconventional gases, the location of shale plays, the history of hydraulic fracturing, the hydraulic fracturing process and the mitigation measures that can come about,” said Mark Zeko,M Founding Principal and Vice President of Environmental Engineering and Contracting, Inc. (EEC).

James P. Kornberg, MD, Sc.D., president and medical director of Comprehensive Occupational Health for Business and Industry (COHBI) in Boulder, Co., discussed a report issued by researchers at the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado, Denver on the human health impact of fracking on a small community in Colorado. “[T]heir calculated total risk [was] that for this group you can estimate 83 cancers for one million persons over a lifetime…compared to the target risk of one excess cancer over a lifetime,” Kornberg said “There’s clear evidence…that we have a problem.”

Julia LeMense, a plaintiffs’ attorney with Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. in New York, said “Virtually every aspect of this process, whether it’s the trucks that haul materials in and out, or the actual gas or oil production aspects, generate some type of air pollution and some of it is fairly significant.” In addition to toxic chemicals, the process may also cause the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter.

Todd D. Kantorczyk of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., said Pennsylvania is one of the few states where the location, construction, testing and treatment of private drinking water wells are unregulated. Over three million residents rely on these private drinking water wells, Kantorczyk said. However, a 2009 report by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania stated that over 41 percent of samples taken from these private wells failed at least one safe water drinking standard.

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