The Business Case for Sustainable Hydraulic Fracturing
- John QuigleySenior FellowKleinman Center for Energy Policy
The Kleinman Center is thrilled to host a lecture by Senior Fellow John Quigley examining the business case for sustainable fracking.
Sustainable natural gas development requires the industry to embrace innovation to develop fracturing technologies that eliminate the use of water and chemicals and development practices that reduce environmental impacts – and in the process capture a wide range of additional economic, social, and environmental benefits. The business case for sustainable shale gas development involves creating a way to fully recognize and account for all of the risks and costs of unconventional natural gas development, and to value water and other ecosystem services in that process. A bottom-line approach to sustainability can reconcile both society's and industry's goals and could propel advances in technology and best practices - and improve regulators' ability to adequately respond to this rapidly evolving industry. Putting these principles into practice could minimize most of the current, much-debated risks of the unconventional oil and gas development. It would greatly support the natural gas industry’s social license to operate.
John Quigley is a consultant and Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from Jan. 2015-May 2016, and as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from April 2009-Jan. 2011. He is the first and only person in Pennsylvania history to serve as Secretary of both of the state's natural resource agencies. Quigley also served as a two term Mayor of Hazleton (PA), and as an Alternate Federal Commissioner on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. He was the founding executive director of a non-profit economic development corporation; held a number of management positions with two industry-leading manufacturing companies in the private sector; worked for a statewide environmental NGO; was an instructor in economics at a Penn State University campus; and wrote a weekly column for a northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper.
Quigley earned an M.P.A. from Lehigh University and a B.A. in economics from Bloomsburg University.