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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Participating in UCS/UCLA forum on fracking in July.

I'm honored to an invited participant in a Forum on Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking, organized by the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in partnership with the UCLA Law School, to be held in Los Angeles, California on July 24 and 25. 

UCS describes the forum:
The forum will convene leading thinkers from academia, industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and citizen groups [and me] to delve into some of the most complex challenges around fracking, centered on the following themes:
  • the current state of the science and knowledge gaps;
  • the current policy and regulatory landscape; and
  • public access to information and civic engagement.
Working group sessions on each of the three themes will precede a half-day public event "where leading experts will address these three themes, answer your questions, and invite your ideas on how communities can make more informed fracking-related decisions." 

UCS says that:
The discussions will also be critical in shaping the forum's primary product, a toolkit that empowers concerned citizens and policy makers by providing practical advice and resources on critical questions to ask when faced with fracking-related decisions, reliable sources of information on fracking impacts, and ways to influence fracking decisions.
The event is one of a series of Forums organized by the Center for Science and Democracy to address constraints on the roles of science, evidence-based decision-making and constructive debate in American public discourse and public policy. We are excited to host this event in partnership with the UCLA School of Law.
The event will be webcast.  In-person or webcast reservations can be made at this link.

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