About the conference

Conference Format

There will be six panels over a day and a half conference. This format will allow for numerous perspectives to be given equal weight and set the tone for the Conversation that we want to have. The panel topics are:

  • Local Environmental Impacts
  • Economic Impacts
  • Social Impacts
  • How to Have a Dialogue about Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Community Capacity
  • Technological Development

Approximately three papers will be scheduled per panel. The panels will be run consecutively so that all participants will be able to listen to all of the panels.


The goal of the Conference is to provide a forum for clarifying what we currently know about the impacts of the hydraulic fracturing industry on local communities, and to develop interdisciplinary research agendas that address the most pressing questions that remain. The purposes of this Conversation is not to either promote or discourage hydraulic fracturing but to understand the impacts, both positive and negative, and provide communities with the knowledge and tools that they need to decide what is in their own best interest.


Thursday April 10, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday April 11, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Binghamton University Downtown Center (rooms 220 A & B)
67 Washington Street
Binghamton, New York 13902

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Last Updated: 2/11/15