There must be a place to engage civilly and cross-industry about environmental considerations in energy production in our region.... The ARIES ECEP Conference offers exactly that.
Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) July 29, 2015
The Environmental Considerations in Energy Production Conference (ECEP), Sunday, September 20 - Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at the Omni William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, features fact-based presentations, inquiry, and discussion toward implementable solutions for energy production regulation and community impact. Energy industry executives and managers, researchers, regulators, and public servants come together for unique cross-industry, science-based peer-reviewed research in an atmosphere of civil and solution-oriented discussion.
The Environmental Considerations in Energy Production Conference is held by the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science (ARIES) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.
Dr. John Craynon, ARIES’ project director, states there is a dire need for this kind of conference. “There must be a place to engage civilly and cross-industry about environmental considerations in energy production in our region. Key stakeholders across public and production sectors must meet in an atmosphere of facts and mutual respect. The ARIES ECEP Conference offers exactly that.”
Though focused primarily on the coal and gas industries in the five-state region (OH-PA-KY-VA-WV) of Appalachia’s energy corridor, panels and presentations at the Environmental Considerations in Energy Production Conference draw also from national and international practical and cross-industry energy and utility research.
ARIES grew out of an urgent need for a holistic group to engage in transdisciplinary research on the environmental and community impacts of energy production in OH-PA-KY-VA-WV. Since the shuttering of the US Bureau of Mines in 1996, research on energy and the environment, especially with respect to mining and drilling, has been housed in a range of government agencies, or, just not accomplished. Though many agencies rise to the occasion with the federal money allocated for energy research, many gaps still exist.
ARIES’ model of industrial affiliate sponsorship and independent research builds on a model very familiar to universities: corporate or government sponsorship of institutes, chairs, centers, and general funding of universities, but absolute researcher independence.
ARIES draws researchers principally from the following eight universities: Virginia Tech (where it is also managed), West Virginia University, Marshall University, University of Kentucky, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and consultants in Epidemiology and Occupational Health with faculty from Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.
The conference also includes listening sessions to draw from active stakeholders additional needs for research on water, land reclamation, economic and community impact, and public health.
To sign up for the conference or to sponsor the conference, go to http://www.smeenviro.com.
See the full conference program at: http://ariesevents.org/
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To learn more about ARIES, contact Crystal Cook Marshall at (704) 978 9404, http://www.energy.vt.edu/aries/.