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2011 Energy Conference

Thursday, March 31 - Saturday, April 2, 2011Cornell Law School


Thursday Evening Community Discussion
Friday Afternoon G90 Panels
Saturday Panels


Critical Parking, Driving & Transportation Information

Important Conference Information

Conference Panels (with panelist bios)


Free AdmissionNatural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing ("hydrofracking") may be poised to begin in Upstate New York.  Hydrofracking has ignited a battle over the future of energy and the environment, with proponents claiming natural gas as an energy panacea and opponents decrying it as an environmental nightmare.  The debate has even blurred traditional lines, with some conservationists calling natural gas an essential "bridge fuel" and some industry insiders warning of inflated projections and ecological risks.

This heated issue is part of the larger state, national, and international energy picture.  The conference will use natural gas drilling as a lens to explore energy policy, the global energy market, and the integral role the law can and must play in creating energy security and ensuring a sustainable future.  Panels will be fast-paced, creating a lively debate with time for limited audience questions.  Bringing together distinguished panelists from law, science, government, and business on both sides of the natural gas and energy debate, the conference will explore, among other topics, the legal issues associated with natural gas drilling and energy policy, different scientific perspectives on how clean and sustainable natural gas is, alternative clean energy sources, and the potential risks and benefits of shale gas development in Upstate New York.  Weaving throughout these topics is the question of whether common ground can truly be reached or whether it is simply an illusion.

As part of Cornell University, a world-class research institution invested in creating a sustainable future, Cornell Law School is uniquely positioned to find solutions for the challenging environmental and energy problems of today.  Situated in the beautiful town of Ithaca, New York, Cornell is the ideal location for addressing sustainability.

The two-day conference will draw an audience of students, academicians, community leaders, attorneys, local and state officials, and the general public.  News publications and online blogs will cover the event.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available at no cost for many panels.

We invite you to join us at this exciting event!

Ben W. Tettlebaum
Environmental Law Society, President

Alexis Saba
Environmental Law Society, Chair

Emily Green
Environmental Law Society, Conference Committee

PLEASE NOTESeating is limited at most panels, and registration is first-come, first-served.  Registrants not seated in the amphitheater where the panel is taking place will be seated in an adjacent amphitheater where the panel will be broadcast live via simulcast. Contact Ben Tettlebaum ( with questions or concerns.