April 03, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy and the Bucknell University Environmental Center will sponsor a panel discussion on the economic, community and legal implications of the Marcellus Shale boom in Pennsylvania.

The discussion, "Economic and Legal Issues for Marcellus Shale," begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 9, in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell. It is free and open to the public.

Panelists include John Carroll, attorney at law, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics, Penn State University; and Thomas Kinnaman, professor of economics, Bucknell University.

Topics to be discussed include whether drilling in the Marcellus Shale will bring long-term economic opportunities to the region to compensate for some of the short-term dislocations, the legal implications of drilling leases, and whether Pennsylvania should impose a severance tax on natural gas drilling operations instead of the impact fee.

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy supports social science research, analysis and teaching on campus and beyond. The Institute provides a forum for contemporary public policy discussion, a mechanism to support faculty-guided undergraduate research, and an academic home for a future policy major and minor.

"This event is one of a series of events on various topics to help educate the campus and the community on issues related to public policy," said Amy Wolaver, associate professor of economics at Bucknell, and Institute co-director.

Under this interdisciplinary and cross-departmental framework, Bucknell faculty and students focus on particular policy arenas including the economy, domestic and international politics, education, health, the environment, and civil society.

Contact: Division of Communications

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