April 6, 2011 – Impacts Briefing #2

Did you miss the second oil impacts briefing?  You can download three of the powerpoint presentations below.  You can also check out Sierra Club’s blog post about the briefing and review some additional materials below.

Powerpoint Presentations:
Oil and Gas Drilling in America, by Dave Alberswerth, The Wilderness Society
Canadian Impacts of Tar Sands Developments, by Danielle Droitsch, Pembina Institute
Impacts of Major Oil Spills, by Christopher Haney, Defenders of Wildlife

Fact Sheets:
The Wilderness Society fact sheet – BLM’w Wild Lands policy

The Wilderness Society fact sheet – Idle BLM Leases
The Wilderness Society fact sheet – Oil and Gas Drilling in America
Gwich’in Resolution against oil drilling in Arctic Refuge
Alberta Wilderness Association fact sheet – Tar Sands threats to McClelland Lake Wetland Complex

Here is the original information about the event.

Please attend a briefing on:

Impacts of the Oil and Gas Industry to Natural Resources and Communities

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
9:00 – 10:00 a.m

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G50

As gas prices rise, calls for expanded oil and gas production have intensified.  While Congress debates this critically important issue, it is imperative that we examine the full impacts of some of the proposals that could be included in an “all of the above” approach to energy policy that would perpetuate our country’s addiction to oil.

At this briefing, we will specifically explore impacts to people and places. Speakers and topics include:

  • David Alberswerth, Senior Policy Advisor, The Wilderness Society

The impacts of oil and gas development on public lands.

  • Danielle Droitsch, Director, U.S. Policy, Pembina Institute

The impacts of tar sands development to Canada’s boreal forest.

  • Sarah James, Gwich’in elder and Goldman Environmental Prize winner from Arctic Village, Alaska

The threats of the oil and gas industry to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the culture of the Gwich’in people.

  • J. Christopher Haney, Chief Scientist and Vice-President of the Conservation Science and Economics Department, Defenders of Wildlife

The lasting impacts to natural resources from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Hill Staff – No RSVP Required
Non-Hill Staff – Please RSVP by Noon, Tuesday, April 5 to Michael Degnan, Sierra Club, Michael.Degnan@sierraclub.org

This briefing is the second in a series that examines the consequences of our addiction to oil and fossil fuels. Next week’s briefing is on the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon spill, one year later. Future briefings will explore ways to move the United States beyond oil, including the examination of transportation solutions and alternative energy.


For more information, contact Michael Degnan at Michael.Degnan@sierraclub.org or 202-548-6585

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