State Rep. Mike Sturla

Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski


Hearing Co-Chairman




Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing

on Marcellus Shale Monday in Wilkes-Barre


HARRISBURG, Aug. 11 House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the committee will hold a public hearing on Marcellus Shale issues from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at Wilkes University's Henry Student Center's Ballroom, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre.


State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, who requested the hearing, will serve as its co-chairman. The hearing will include discussion of the Governors Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission report.


The current hearing agenda is:

         1 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks

         1:10 p.m. Panel of environmental advocates

  Dr. Thomas Jiunta, president, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition

  Nancy Dolan, treasurer, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition

  Mark Szybist, staff attorney, PennFuture

         2:10 p.m. Panel from Marcellus Shale Coalition

  Terry Bossert, vice president of government affairs, Chief Oil and Gas

  Michael Love, vice president of government affairs, UGI

         3:10 p.m. Panel from Wilkes University

  Dr. Kenneth Klemow, professor of biology and geoenvironmental science

  Brian Oram, director of Center for Environmental Quality

         4:10 p.m. Closing remarks


The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.