Legacy Conference

Hydrofracking: Exploring the Legal Issues in the Context of Politics, Science & Economy, 2011

Published November 11, 2021

The conference, Hydrofracking: Exploring the Legal Issues in the Context of Politics, Science and the Economy, was held March 28-29, 2011, sponsored by the University at Buffalo School of Law and The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. Horizontal gas drilling involving hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking or fracking, and its potential effects are important environmental and energy concerns for the nation. This conference provided an opportunity for a scholarly exchange of ideas as well as a forum for community discussion. Now, a decade later, the 2011 event is considered a legacy conference.

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Event Notes

Day One, "Fracking: Questions and Controversies," began with an explanation of hyrdrofracking. A panel of environmental law experts discussed the common environmental concerns associated with the practice. The panel was moderated by Jessica Owley, associate professor, UB Law School. The discussion was followed by a reception in the Cellino and Barnes Conference Center. It was hosted by the Law School and open to law students, attorneys and conference participants. That evening there was a screening of the film, "Gasland," presented by UB Green.

Day Two included a discussion of the legal, political and scientific issues raised by the hydrofracking debate. The two-part panel of attorneys and scholars was moderated by UB Law Professors Robert S. Berger and Errol E. Meidinger. 

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