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90696 Shale Gas Full Report-final

90696 Shale Gas Full Report-final

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Shale Gas Roundtable was created to explore natural gas development in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Their report was released in August 2013.
Shale Gas Roundtable was created to explore natural gas development in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Their report was released in August 2013.

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Shale Gas
Deliberations, Findings,and Recommendations
The Shale Gas Roundtable cochairs and sta workedthoughtully and diligently to assemble a high-level,diverse membership including 26 individuals romrelevant, interested constituencies. Roundtable memberswere recruited to serve because o the unique perspec-tives and contributions each could bring to the eort.A ull listing o Roundtable members can be oundon page 4.In adopting this document, the Roundtable membersendorse that the nal report was built on constructivedialogue, was inormed by sound research and inor-mation, and that the included recommendations meritconsideration by policymakers at all levels as they seekto eectively and saely manage unconventional oiland gas development.While the Roundtable has achieved general agreementon the report’s value in inorming decision makers,individual Roundtable members may not agree onthe details o every recommendation. The nal reportrefects the careul deliberations and ndings o theShale Gas Roundtable; it does not necessarily refectthe views o the members’ aliated organizationsor o the Institute o Politics.
Deliberations, Findings,and Recommendations
Shale Gas
James Roddey
 PrincipalParenteBeard LLC
Jared Cohon
 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; identiying criticalocus 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, nonprot, 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 respectulconsensus building among our diverse members.Our central question was this: As a region, how can we mosteectively and responsibly saeguard our communities andenvironment, grow our economy, and manage unconventionaloil and gas development? Our members recognized the value judgments and trade-os 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, inrastructuremaintenance, housing, and community quality o lie quicklyentered our conversations. Through a process o careulreview and thoughtul 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 eort and specic recommendationswithin each o the our ocus areas. The report also includessubstantial background and educational inormation in boththe main text and appendices.In adopting this report, the Roundtable endorses its act-basedand consensus-driven process and the benet o the resultingideas, particularly in terms o inorming 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 eectivelyand saely manage unconventional oil and gas development.As cochairs, we thank the members o the Roundtable ortheir valuable and signicant contributions o time, energy,and knowledge. We commend their willingness to passionatelyrepresent their values and perspectives while always strivingor 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 stamembers or their outstanding support and guidance.

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