Deliberations, Findings,and Recommendations
President EmeritusCarnegie Mellon UniversityThe Shale Gas Roundtable was created in the all o 2011 toexplore natural gas development in Southwestern Pennsylvania.The Roundtable operated by building and sustaining relation-ships among relevant regional stakeholders; identiying criticalocus areas through dialogue, research, and collaboration;assessing those ocus areas; and developing recommendationsthat promote responsible regional shale gas development.Twenty-our civic leaders rom the private, nonprot, and publicsectors served with us on the Roundtable. From the beginning,our process relied on broad stakeholder consultation, in-depthresearch, education on important issues, and respectulconsensus building among our diverse members.Our central question was this: As a region, how can we mosteectively and responsibly saeguard our communities andenvironment, grow our economy, and manage unconventionaloil and gas development? Our members recognized the value judgments and trade-os inherent in attempting to answerthis question and the balancing act that would be necessaryto make progress. Issues such as the use o natural gas, waterresources management, air quality impacts, inrastructuremaintenance, housing, and community quality o lie quicklyentered our conversations. Through a process o careulreview and thoughtul prioritization, we selected our areas orthe Roundtable’s attention: water management, conservationand unitization, research, and midstream development.This nal report represents the culmination o our work.It contains eight core, overarching recommendations thatemerged rom our overall eort and specic recommendationswithin each o the our ocus areas. The report also includessubstantial background and educational inormation in boththe main text and appendices.In adopting this report, the Roundtable endorses its act-basedand consensus-driven process and the benet o the resultingideas, particularly in terms o inorming the ongoing publicpolicy discussion in this region and in the Commonwealth.We believe that the included ideas and recommendationsdeserve consideration rom leaders at all levels as they evaluateand make decisions about Pennsylvania’s ability to eectivelyand saely manage unconventional oil and gas development.As cochairs, we thank the members o the Roundtable ortheir valuable and signicant contributions o time, energy,and knowledge. We commend their willingness to passionatelyrepresent their values and perspectives while always strivingor common ground and achievable progress. We also extendour appreciation to the many regional, state, and nationalstakeholders and leaders who shared their experience andinsights with us. Finally, we thank the Roundtable stamembers or their outstanding support and guidance.