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MMI Preparatory School’s eighth grade class recently completed a lesson on shale and had an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day with a presentation on the subject from a state expert.

Dr. Roberta Winters, the former Vice President for Issues and Action on the State Board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA), presented a program to MMI eighth, ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade classes on Wednesday at MMI educating students about Marcellus Shale and the extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking.”

Her presentation was made possible through the League of Women Voters of Greater Hazleton and partially funded by the PPL Corporation through support the league received from the PPL Foundation.

Earth-Day-presentationWinters coordinated the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Extraction Study Guides for the LWVPA and chaired the study group that recently completed the addenda to these guides on pipelines and pooling. Her presentation provided an overview of the study and highlighted current news and research.

She discussed the potential of the sedimentary Marcellus Shale formation, which has been buried underground for eons, as an abundant source of natural gas and explained the extraction process and how the men, money, and machines pouring into Pennsylvania aid the natural gas operations. Winters also detailed how the LWVPA’s year-long study addressed the economic, public health, and environmental impact of that industrialization and summarized the evolving issues of permitting, regulation, and taxation of natural gas operations from Marcellus Shale.

About Dr. Roberta Winters

Winters served as the Vice President of Issues and Action from June 2011-2013. In her leadership capacity, she was a League representative on the statewide Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission. In her voluntary role with the League, she has worked to help educate the citizens of Pennsylvania and LWV members in neighboring states regarding the evolving opportunities and challenges of natural gas extraction, production, and transmission.

She was instrumental in the national adoption of the League of Women Voters’ 2010 Resolution in Support of Safe Drilling and Mining for Energy Resources. She currently serves as the local president of the Radnor League of Women Voters.

On behalf of the league, Winters continues to draft and deliver a variety of comments and testimony to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the PA Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Committee, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency, and the Pennsylvania General Assembly. She also works in coalition with environmental, civic, and religious groups advocating for our right to clean air and pure water, as provided by Article 1 Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Winters retired from her elementary school teaching position in the Radnor Township School District in 2006. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University, an M.A.T. in Science Education from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.mmi-fracking-036

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