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Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw ’70 will address the Lycoming College campus with a talk on “State policy related to Marcellus development,” as part of the College’s Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) Speaker Series. The talk is slated for Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Jane Schultz room of the Wertz Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. Yaw’s talk, the first in the 2017-18 CEF Speaker Series, will focus on Marcellus Shale gas development — where we stand ten years into development, as well as what to expect during the next decade.
Located at a gateway to the Marcellus Shale region, Lycoming College’s CEF serves as a platform for students, faculty, researchers, business and political leaders, and members of the community to engage in the nation’s ongoing conversation about energy. CEF houses a curriculum for Lycoming students to obtain minor courses of study in energy science and in energy studies; supports faculty-student research; and provides access to field experiences and internships.
“As chairman of the state senate’s Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Senator Yaw is extremely knowledgeable on energy issues facing the state, and we expect his talk to continue the dialog on energy systems that we started on campus with last year’s speaker series,” said Jonathan Williamson, associate professor of political science and chair of the department. “This talk will benefit our students with the accumulated knowledge of a statewide leader on policy connected to unconventional gas development. The senator’s district has seen as much or more Marcellus Shale development as any area in the state, and Senator Yaw has been at the front line of related issues for a decade.”
Yaw was elected in 2008, and as senator and chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, he has been active on a wide variety of issues connected to Marcellus Shale Development. His sustained engagement has provided statewide leadership on unconventional gas development and its related issues. Yaw serves the 23rd district, which includes Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, a portion of Susquehanna, and Union counties.
Yaw’s presentation is sponsored by the Lycoming College CEF, and in part by a Williams Community Grant.