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Fossil fuel companies are touting shale gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and tar sands as long-term energy solutions. But the extraction, processing and burning of these fuels is causing devastating environmental impacts.
Vermont Law School professors Pat Parenteau and Jack Tuholske will discuss legal and environmental concerns related to fracking and tar sands extraction.
Porter Community Room at the Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
Wednesday, March 21, from 6:30 – 8pm
The discussion will include the proposed Trailbreaker (planned for Portland, ME) and Keystone pipelines, water pollution, impacts on climate change, Vermont legislation restricting fracking and the relationship of these dirty fuels to local efficiency and renewables efforts.
Pat Parenteau is Professor of Environmental Law at VLS and Senior Counsel for their Energy and Natural Resources Law Clinic. Former positions include Director of the Environmental Law Center at VLS, Commissioner of Vermont Department of Environmental Quality and Regional Counsel with EPA Region One.
Jack Tuholske is a private lawyer in Missoula, Montana, and serves as visiting adjunct professor both at VLS and at the University of Montana Law School. Jack specializes in public interest environmental litigation throughout the West and has been awarded the William O. Douglas and Kerry Rydberg Awards for his work on behalf of public interest groups.This presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be contributed by the Co-op Food Stores and the Upper Valley Food Co-op.This forum is sponsored by the Thetford and Norwich Energy Committees, Catamount Earth Institute, League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley, Sierra Club, Co-op Food Stores, Upper Valley Food Co-op and Sustainable Energy Resource Group. For more information, contact SERG@valley.net or 802-785-4126.