Fracking Conference to Focus on Law and Science in Light of Pending New York Ruling
NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — For New York attorneys and government officials who await a ruling from Gov. Mario Cuomo on whether to allow shale gas drilling operations to continue, an upcoming conference presents a valuable opportunity to learn more about the potential implications of this ruling, as well as what reasoning may play a part in the governor’s decision, according to Tom Hagy at HB Litigation Conferences, the producer of the seminar.
“Now is the time for New York attorneys and local officials to get up to speed on fracking – the law and the science, not the hype and misinformation that is out there. HB’s fracking litigation conference provides a fantastic opportunity for a one-day immersion in these issues from the top practitioners and experts in the field,” said Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov of Steptoe & Johnson, who is co-chairing the Shale Gas Drilling (Fracking) Conference which will be held Oct. 3 at Thomson Hall in New York.
On Sept. 20, Gov. Cuomo’s administration announced that it was postponing its decision until it completed a review of the potential public health effects of the process.
“Although the ruling was anticipated to be a quick one by the administration, once the overwhelming number of public responses to the potential ruling were seen, it made it difficult for Gov. Cuomo to either permit or deny fracking completely,” said Marc J. Bern of Napoli Bern Ripka & Shkolnik, also co-chair of the event.
“This could turn out to be a central issue in campaigns for the governor of New York as well as in presidential politics if not during this election, particularly in subsequent presidential elections where there may or may not be an incumbent,” said Bern.
Bern said that although the ruling may not significantly affect fracking operations in states like Pennsylvania and Texas, it will certainly affect a state with some of the largest shale gas resources in the country.
“The potential in New York of course is so tremendous that that will be a story in and of itself,” he said. “I believe that the ruling will attempt to eventually take the burden of either side away from the governor and put it within local government control.”
For more information on the Fracking Litigation Conference, sponsored by HB Litigation Conferences, visit www.litigationconferences.com.
SOURCE HB Litigation Conferences LLC