EVENT: The Hydro-Fracking Controversy
WHAT: Community forum—Hydro-fracking: Should a Moratorium be Enacted?
WHEN: Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: First Unitarian Church of Cleveland at 21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
Five million acres of rural eastern Ohio are at stake for hydro-fracking gas and oil reserves. What’s the economic impact? More than 85 hydro-fracking permits were approved in 2011. Do we have sufficient regulations to protect water, air, roads and other quality of life issues?
• David Zeng, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
• Vanessa Pesec, president of the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability (NEOGAP)
• Senator Michael Skindell (D), District 23 (Lakewood)
• Iryna Lendel, assistant director of the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs
For more information, click here or call 216-751-2320.
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