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Green Energy Expert John Hanger to Discuss Marcellus Shale Gas Production

John HangerBethlehem, Pa. March 5, 2012-- John Hanger, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will visit Moravian College for a talk examining Marcellus Shale Gas production. The lecture, "The Truth and Nothing but the Truth about America's Energy Choices and Marcellus Shale Gas," will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. Sponsored by Moravian College's Environmental Studies & Sciences Program, the public is welcome and admission is free.

Hanger is currently special counsel supporting the firm of Eckert Seamans' practices in the areas of energy, utility and environment, concentrating in alternative energy, clean transportation infrastructure, energy efficiency, competitive energy markets and smartgrid. Hanger is a nationally recognized expert on environment, energy, gas drilling and green economy issues who has unique experience in government and in the private sector. He is one of a two Pennsylvanians who have served both as a secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection and as a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

As acting secretary, Hanger managed an agency of more than 3,000 employees with a mission to protect Pennsylvania's air, land and water from pollution and provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment, working as partners with individuals, organizations, governments and business to prevent pollution and restore natural resources. He was responsible for overseeing the development of a balanced ecological system through the protection of Pennsylvania's environmental resources and assisting the regulated community and public in complying with environmental laws and regulations through a variety of technical assistance and outreach programs. He was also responsible for making all policy and resource allocation decisions, as well as representing the department before the legislature, the general public and those affected by any departmental actions.

From June 1998 to August 2008, Hanger was president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture), working to promote clean energy technologies and to increase the supply and demand for clean electricity products. Hanger played a major role in drafting and enacting in November 2004 Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act that will require approximately 4,000 megawatts of new wind, solar and other renewable energy sources.

From April 1993 to June 1998, Hanger was a commissioner with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), where he served on the Electricity Committee, the Consumer Affairs Committee, and the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He advocated for policies that allow consumers to choose their electric, gas and telephone companies; that assist low-income families; and those that benefit the environment, such as net metering, energy conservation, and renewable energy.

As an expert on energy and environmental issues, public utility regulation, and competition in the electricity, gas and telephone industries, Hanger has testified before the United States Congress and many state legislatures. He has authored numerous articles, written leading regulatory decisions and lectured widely to diverse audiences.

Prior to becoming PUC commissioner, Hanger served as legal counsel to Commissioner Joseph Rhodes from 1988 to 1993. From 1984 to 1988 he worked at Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia, serving as public advocate representing 500,000 municipal customers of the City of Philadelphia's municipal gas, water and sewer utilities.

Hanger is a 1979 graduate of Duke University and a 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building on the Moravian College Campus at 1200 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. Moravian College seeks to provide an accessible and hospitable learning and working environment for all, while ensuring full compliance with federal and state regulations. Our community welcomes and encourages persons with disabilities to participate in our programs and activities as faculty, staff, students, and as visitors to the College. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for an event on our campus, please contact Dr Frank Kuserk (610-861-1429; Kuserk@moravian.edu) at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's Web site at www.moravian.edu.