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ECOS to look at hydraulic fracturing at July 11 conference

By Bob Downing Published: June 4, 2013
From ECOS:
ECOS to Host July 11 Conference on Hydraulic Fracturing and the Environment
The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) is pleased to announce its second annual State Environmental Protection (STEP) conference, slated for July 11 at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC.
Open to all interested attendees, the conference this year is entitled “The Path to New Energy: Hydraulic Fracturing in Focus.”

 ECOS is the national, nonprofit association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders. Its conference will provide a forum for state and federal government officials, business and industry, environmental groups, and others to build bridges and learn from one another.

 Panels will cover: the appropriate balance among environmental protection, energy security, and economic gain; state regulatory approaches; the methane challenge; water quality; and best practices.

State agency leaders who will serve as panelists hail from Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

U.S. EPA officials expected to appear are Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Janet McCabe, and Associate Assistant Administrator for Research and Development Ramona Trovato.

Governor John Kasich of Ohio is the invited luncheon keynoter.

 Online registration and a draft agenda are available at:



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