Joseph Priestley Society Symposium

Andrew Place

Andrew G. Place.

Date: October 17, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: $25
RSVP Online: Registration Required

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) program season continues its three-month exploration of the technological, economic, and societal issues associated with the extraction of natural gas from shale structures on Thursday, October 17, 2013. JPS will host a symposium given by a moderated panel of individuals engaged in advising and assisting shale-gas businesses and entitled “Shale-Gas Extraction: Technology, Regulation, and Business.” The symposium will be followed by keynote speaker Andrew G. Place, president and interim executive director, Center for Sustainable Shale Development, who will speak on “Social License to Operate: Standards, Validation, Collaboration.” 

Watching remotely? Visit to view the live webcast of the symposium (10:00 a.m.) and keynote address (1:00 p.m.).

Coming in person? Use the registration links above.

  About the Event

This event is presented as part of CHF’s Joseph Priestley Society  (JPS) series, exploring topics in science, technology, and industry through professional networking receptions and lectures by industry leaders.

More information

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reisert, awards program manager, at 215.873.8263 or

Boyle Society members receive complimentary admission!

Robert Boyle Society members: To register yourself and up to three guests free of charge, please contact Nancy Vonada, manager of events and donor relations, at 215.873.8226 or

  Event Schedule

Thursday, October 17, 2013

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Panel discussion

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Networking reception

12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Keynote presentation

 Speaker Biographies

Andrew G. Place
President and Interim Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Shale Development

Before joining EQT in 2011, Andrew Place served for 18 months in Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, first as special assistant for energy and climate change and second as acting deputy secretary of the Office of Energy and Technology Deployment. Earlier, Place served as a research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy, with a primary focus on carbon capture and sequestration among other technical, economic, and policy issues related to energy and the environment. While remaining in his position with EQT, he accepted the role of interim executive director at the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) in 2012. Place’s role at CSSD has been to raise awareness of the center’s work while supporting continued consensus for the center’s performance standards and certification to those standards. He holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in public policy and management from the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon.

James R. Ladlee
Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Penn State University

James Ladlee currently serves as the associate director at the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, the director of special initiatives for the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center, and the managing director of the Oil and Gas Leaders Institute. He is a coauthor of four Marcellus Shale Direct Workforce Needs Assessments, a Shale Economic Assessment, and a policy brief on Multi-well Pad Development Trends in Pennsylvania. In addition, Ladlee teaches shale development principles and production practices, and coordinates the ShaleNet Workforce Forum, which annually attracts over 200 participants representing schools, colleges, universities, agencies, and organizations interested in preparing individuals for the natural-gas workforce. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural and extension education from Penn State University.  

Mary Ellen Ternes
Shareholder, McAfee & Taft

Mary Ellen Ternes is an industry lawyer with McAfee and Taft, Oklahoma’s largest private law firm. She assists a broad range of clients with regulatory applicability, permitting, auditing and disclosures, compliance and enforcement, due diligence and transactions, investigation and remediation, administrative hearings, and litigation. Ternes is also a chemical engineer, a former EPA CERCLA on-scene coordinator, an EPA and industry RCRA/TSCA/CAA incinerator permit writer, and a former law clerk for the EPA’s OGC Air and Radiation Division. She holds a B.E. (ChE) from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. Ternes is included in the International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers, Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Best Lawyers in America (“Best Lawyers’ 2011 Oklahoma City Environmental Lawyer of the Year”), and Oklahoma Super Lawyers (“Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers”). She is also a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

John J. Walliser
Vice President, Legal and Governmental Affairs, Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)

John Walliser guides legal and policy efforts for PEC. In addition, he assists in program development and management in PEC’s Western Regional Office. He has represented PEC in numerous stakeholder and partnership efforts, and serves on the board of several other conservation and recreation initiatives. Walliser is a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Citizens Advisory Council (immediate past chair) and current chair of the West Penn Sustainable Energy Fund Board of Directors. He received both his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and has been published on the subjects of conservation easements and environmental law.

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