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: www.ecos.org/section/events/?id=4907.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.