An American Town Hall

An American Town Hall: Philadelphia

September 23, 2014

Hosted in Partnership With

Fels Institute of Government

What do your elected officials and state leaders believe is in our country's energy future--and what's in store for Pennsylvania? What economic and environmental considerations should they take into account in crafting smart state and national policy around natural gas fracking, a burgeoning industry in Pennsylvania? The Atlantic posed these questions and more to local candidates ahead of the 2014 midterm elections in November.

Hosted at the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Presented by

Atlantic Live



7:45 a.m. Guest Arrival and Registration

8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, Vice President, The Atlantic; President, AtlanticLIVE

8:35 a.m. Introductory Remarks

  • Jack Gerard, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Petroleum Institute

8:40 a.m. One-on-One Interview

  • The Honorable Ed Rendell, Former Governor, Pennsylvania; Co-Chair, Building America’s Future
  • Interviewed by: David Graham, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic

9:10 a.m. Panel Discussion

  • Robert Eckle, Chairman, Pipeline and Gas Market Development Committee, Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association
  • Michael Krancer, Chair, Energy Industry Team, BlankRome LLP; Former Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Moderated by: Katie Colaneri, Reporter, StateImpact Pennsylvania and WHYY

10:00 a.m. One-on-One Interview

  • The Honorable Mark Schweiker, Former Governor, Pennsylvania; Senior Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer, Renmatix
  • Interviewed by: David Graham

10:30 a.m. Closing Remarks

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