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The Oil and Gas Industry: An Overview of Their Current Reality and Our Resistance to It, Part 1

On Wednesday, April 5th, at 3 pm Eastern / 2 pm Central / 1 pm Mountain / 12 noon Pacific time, the Climate Reality Check team will hold the latest in our series of national conference calls to help strengthen community organizing on climate, entitled: 

The Oil and Gas Industry: An Overview of Their Current Reality and Our Resistance to It, Part 1

RSVP for the call: https://goo.gl/forms/rhOoL59J3QMhhG7C2

The oil and gas industry is ubiquitous, and they have a lot of power. But the industry is also struggling because market and geological realities have kept oil and gas prices low for almost three years, as well as because of the growing popular resistance to them. And credible experts are telling us that there’s not as much shale gas as both industry and government want us to believe. Both shale gas and oil prices are so low that they don’t cover production costs. 

In April, on natural gas, and in May, on oil, we will be holding calls to help people understand these realities more fully.

Our presenters on April’s call will be Nancy LaPlaca and Maya van Rossum. Nancy is Senior Energy Analyst at NC WARN. She has been involved with electric, gas and water utility issues for a decade. Maya has served as the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network since 1994, and she has been a regional and national leader in the fight against fracking and fracking infrastructure since the beginning of this decade. She is currently helping to lead the campaign opposing Trump’s nominations of three climate deniers to leadership positions at FERC. 

Nancy will discuss the basics of oil, shale gas and electricity, while Maya will tell us about the many gas infrastructure fights around the country and the increasingly coordinated movement fighting them.

Even if you can’t make it on the 5th, register to receive a recording of the call.

Bios of our presenters:

Nancy LaPlaca, J.D. has been at the forefront of electric, gas and water utility issues for a decade, and in public policy and politics over the past thirty years. Nancy spent three years as a public interest intervener in Colorado, participating in dockets on coal and natural gas plants, renewable energy, energy efficiency and transmission line permits. Nancy and colleagues helped to stop a so-called "clean" coal (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle or IGCC) power plant in Colorado, and she helped other clean energy advocates around the country understand IGCC and Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS). She served as campaign advisor to two Democrats elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008, and went on to serve as Policy Advisor for Commissioner Paul Newman 2009-2013. Nancy has been living and working in Durham, North Carolina for two years as a policy expert for NC WARN and The Climate Times.

Maya van Rossum has been the Delaware Riverkeeper for 22 years. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) was founded in 1988 upon the concept of personal and community responsibility for river protection, as personified by the Delaware Riverkeeper. DRN works to protect and restore waterways, habitats, and natural features throughout the entire 13,539 square mile Delaware River Watershed, which includes New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Maya was a lead plaintiff in a legal challenge to a pro-fracking piece of legislation in Pennsylvania that resulted in the law being largely declared unconstitutional under state law. She helped lead successful efforts in 2011 to enact a moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Basin area and led organizing efforts to convene a successful People’s Hearing on FERC in Washingon, DC in early December at which 65 people from scores of groups and 15 states testified. 

Date: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 03:00 PM