View all Events

Natural Gas and the Energy Economy: Potential for the U.S. and New York State

Wednesday February 2010

Keynote: Robert Catell Chairman, Advanced Energy & Research Technology Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Panelists: Timothy Considine, Professor of Energy Economics, University of Wyoming; Craig Michaels, Watershed Program Director, Riverkeeper; Doug Barton, Director, Economic Development and Planning for Tioga County, NY
Moderator: Max Schulz, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Recent technological innovations in natural gas drilling are now making immense, previously-locked-away supplies accessible to cost-effective exploration and production. Much of these gas reserves are located in massive shale rock formations found around the country, including the Marcellus Shale that covers substantial portions of Pennsylvania and New York. Experts talk about these shale formations releasing a “shale gale” for U.S. energy supplies. Ironically, these discoveries come less than a decade after the federal government issued warnings of looming natural gas shortages. Now we are facing a natural gas revolution, with potentially profound consequences for our energy economy, our environment, and our foreign policy. It also has the capacity to transform the dormant economy of the Empire State. Please join us to explore the possibilities of expanded natural gas production, and what that could mean for New York State.