State Rep. Greg Vitali



Media Advisory

Experts to testify Thursday about making shale drilling more protective

of human health and the environment



HARRISBURG, April 26 State Rep. Greg Vitali will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2 in the Minority Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.


The purpose of the hearing is to explore what state government can do to make shale drilling more protective of human health and the environment.


Four panels will discuss drilling issues related to health, air, water and surface activities.


Speakers scheduled to discuss air issues are former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, Clean Air Council attorney Jay Duffy and Group Against Smog and Pollution Legal Director Joe Osborne.


Speakers scheduled to discuss water issues are Pennsylvania Environmental Council Vice President of Legal and Governmental Affairs John Walliser, Pennsylvania Sierra Club Conservation Chairman Tom Au and Lafayette College Geology Professor Dru Germanoski.


Speakers scheduled to discuss surface issues are PennFuture Policy Director Steve Stroman, Kevin Heatley from Responsible Drilling Alliance, and environmental and land use attorney Lauren Williams.


Speakers scheduled to discuss health and public disclosure issues are University of Pittsburgh

Graduate School of Public Health Professor Emeritus Dr. Bernie Goldstein and Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project Associate Director Jill Kriesky.


Media coverage is invited.




CONTACT: Bob Laylo
House Democratic Communications Office

Phone: 717-787-7895 Fax: 717-783-6839