UHLC prof Tracy Hester moderator at Texas Tribune energy and environment symposium

Panelists explore pros and cons of shale as viable energy source

University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor of Law Tracy Hester moderates a discussion with panelists Jennifer Powis, senior regional representative, Texas, Sierra Club;  State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio; and Cris Eugster, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer, CPS Energy.

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April 13, 2012 - Energy and the environment in Texas, specifically the impact of the Eagle Ford shale, was the focus of a panel discussion moderated by University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor of Law Tracy Hester. The event was part of the Texas Tribune Festival On the Road: A Symposium on Energy and the Environment held today at the Wortham Theatre in the UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Building.

“Eagle Ford shale is one of the largest shale plays in the nation and is becoming a huge topic of conversation around the nation,” said Hester. The discussion focused on the economic gains and environmental effects in South Texas of pursuing the use of shale as a viable form of clean energy.

Panelists included Cris Eugster, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer, CPS Energy; Jennifer Powis, senior regional representative, Texas, Sierra Club; and State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.

Sponsored by the Texas Tribune, the symposium explored federal energy policy as it impacts the state of Texas, state policy as it affects communities like Houston, and the promise of clean and renewable energy in all its forms.

UH President Renu Khator, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman and other elected officials and policymakers were among the featured speakers.

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