Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Lunch Seminar

Recent Developments in U.S. Energy Law and Policy: Shale Gas Revolution, Renewables, and Climate Change

CET is happy to announce the CET lunch seminar in collaboration with Energy Lab with Professor Ross H. Pifer from Penn State University. Wednesday, September 18 at 12.15 - 13.00.

Shale gas extraction

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While the extraction of oil and gas from shale formations has a relatively short history, the impacts from this development have been, and likely will continue to be, profound.  Shale oil and gas development is at the center of all discussions relating to energy policy in the United States today.  Depending upon differing individual perspectives, shale development may be viewed as a solution to national and global energy issues, or alternatively, it may be viewed as a cause of environmental degradation on a grand scale.  What cannot be denied is that the issues surrounding shale development are highly polarizing.  Many people express strong support for drilling, or they demonstrate passionate opposition to hydraulic fracturing.  These polar viewpoints often appear to leave little middle ground for a rational consideration of the legitimate issues presented by shale development – and there certainly are a number of issues that have arisen over the past decade as development has progressed.  In this talk, I will provide an overview of U.S. shale development and discuss three areas in which the debate over shale development has been the most contentious: the permitting of and opposition to pipeline construction, local regulation of development, and regulatory efforts to address methane emissions from the development process.  


About Professor Ross H. Pifer:

Professor Ross Pifer’s research focuses on shale gas development and the interface between agricultural and residential development. He has been an attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of General Counsel, and he has advised military personnel and commands in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Britain, and Germany while on active duty with the U.S. Army JAG Corps at the Netherlands Law Center. He has presented widely throughout Pennsylvania, as well as nationally and internationally, on shale gas and agricultural law topics to audiences comprised of judges, attorneys, legislators, government officials, landowners, and the general public.