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Between 2011 and 2013, the Economic Development Policy Committee, along with the Environment Policy Committee devoted its efforts to the work of the Shale Gas Roundtable. The Roundtable was comprised of a high-level, diverse membership including 26 individuals from relevant, interested constituencies throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. In August 2013, two years of study and dialogue culminated in the release of a report setting forth recommendations for the improvement of unconventional oil and gas development in Pennsylvania, including development in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. The recommendations promote increased research, modernization of state regulations, and the building of relationships across sectors to support environmental protection, quality of life, and economic development goals for the region.

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Currently, members of the Economic Development Committee are monitoring the implementation activities of the Roundtable. One of these activities is the creation of an independent shale gas research fund. The board and staff of the Health Effects Institute ( have agreed to lead the Appalachian region through an agenda setting process using their deep experience and expertise in such work. The initiative will result in an effective foundation for future research, communication, and decision-making by providing an independent, priority-based assessment of key research questions and gaps.  The HEI Model of providing credible, impartial science will result in a research plan that effectively answers questions at the center of the controversy over unconventional shale gas and oil development and can be used by regulators, oil and gas developers, environmental and public health experts to better understand the implications of ongoing and future development. Throughout 2014/15, IOP staff will assist HEI in implementing its multi-year research agenda.  


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The Economic Development Policy Committee is co-chaired by the Honorable Steve Craig and Mr. Richard Taylor.

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Our committees are carefully crafted to be balanced and represent a variety of stakeholders. However, we occassionally have spots availabe for members in certain sectors who may be underrepresented on the committee. Please contact Briana Mihok at 412-624-7792 or if you have an interest in serving as a member.


The next committee meeting is scheduled for January 19, 2017. Please direct any questions to Briana Mihok at 412-624-7792 or

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