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Symposium on Hydrofracturing in Pennsylvania

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Friday, December 5th, 2014, 4pm - 6pm
Upper Tarble All-Campus Space

Please join us for a lively discussion with three expert panelists on hydrofracturing to access natural gas in Pennsylvania. This event is open to the public. All are welcome.


Nels Johnson, Deputy State Director, The Nature Conservancy. Nels Johnson is Deputy State Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Chapter.  He has 25 years of conservation experience in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and North America.  Johnson has published articles in Science, the Journal of Forestry, and Conservation Biology and has authored and edited books on forest management, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem services.  Currently he leads a team developing tools and practices to reduce habitat impacts from energy development in the Appalachian region.   Johnson served on the board of directors, most recently as chair, for the Pinchot Institute for Conservation from 2004 – 2014.  He was with the World Resources Institute before joining The Nature Conservancy in 2001.  Johnson received degrees from Reed College and the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He lives in Camp Hill, PA with his wife Eileen, son and daughter.

Katharine Fredriksen, Senior Vice President, Environmental Strategy and Regulatory Affairs, CONSOL Energy, Inc. Katharine Fredriksen is responsible for the leadership, planning, direction, operation and strategy for environmental affairs, permitting, compliance and related regulatory and legislative affairs within all business units of the company. She serves as the principal liaison with senior state and federal environmental policy makers. Since joining CONSOL Energy, she has spearheaded the company’s annual Corporate Responsibility Report to further improve transparency on key performance metrics including safety and environmental compliance. Prior to joining CONSOL, she served as principal and founder of her own consulting company, CapitolPlus Consulting, representing clients with interests in energy and the environment. Previously, she served in the George W. Bush administration as Assistant Secretary and Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she was the primary policy advisor to the Secretary and the Department on domestic and international energy issues and directed the Department’s international engagements. She also served as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, advising the Secretary on domestic and international energy market and investment issues critical to America’s energy security. She has held positions with increasing responsibility in the energy and environment sectors in the petrochemical and utility sectors, specifically with former independent power producer Mirant Corporation, and with Koch Industries, a privately held conglomerate with oil, gas, and chemical interests, as well as in the public sector with the U.S. EPA. Katharine holds a B.S. in Marine Biology and an M.S. in Environmental and Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University (abd).

Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Tracy Carluccio is Deputy Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, where she has been employed as an environmental advocate since 1989, working throughout the Delaware River Watershed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware.  Delaware Riverkeeper Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Delaware River Watershed.  Carluccio works on many issues including watershed and habitat protection, stormwater management, flooding and flood damage prevention, energy, natural gas development, community and habitat health, stream and water resource protection, and water supply.  Carluccio has served on the boards of several environmental organizations and municipal boards and is an appointed member of the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council.

Moderator: Carr Everbach, Swarthmore College Engineering.