Confronting Pipelines:  Protecting Your Rights
6:30 PM18:30

Confronting Pipelines: Protecting Your Rights

A panel of five attorneys will discuss how affected landowners and their supporters can protect their rights.  RSVP at and let the panel know what questions you would like them to answer.

Charles W. Elliott, Esquire: FERC and the Courts – What happens next?

Where do things stand with legal challenges to FERC’s approval of the PennEast pipeline, and where do we go from here? 

Charles’ environmental law experience includes natural gas pipeline and other infrastructure cases, nuclear power plant licensing challenges, NEPA/EIS reviews, halting improper waste disposal and water pollution, and legal actions on behalf of victims of toxic chemical exposures. He has 30+ years of experience in environmental, land use, zoning, and planning matters.

Thomas R. Elliott, Esquire:  Pipeline Rights of Way Limits and Impacts

What are the limits of pipeline easements and how can they affect your interests?

Tom brings to the panel decades of experience in real estate, civil litigation, zoning, planning, and development matters, and his knowledge of local government decision making as a solicitor representing local governments.

Joseph E. Welsh, Esquire:  Free Speech and Police Interactions

How can you exercise your First Amendment rights as an affected property owner, and how can orders by the courts affect those rights?

Joe brings his legal expertise in litigating First Amendment, civil rights, and police misconduct issues.  He earned the prestigious Torchbearer Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

Christopher Markos, Esquire:  Confronting Militarized Policing

What are your rights and remedies if they cross the line?

Chris is an attorney with law firm of Williams Cedar, and former Legal Fellow at the ACLU of Pennsylvania. His cases specialize in free speech, privacy, civil rights, due process and police misconduct. He currently represents landowners in a federal lawsuit against Energy Transfer Partners, Tiger Swan, Sunoco Pipeline, and law enforcement officers for suppressing and violating their civil rights.

Gary N. Asteak, Esquire: How can you protect your rights of protest in the criminal justice system and what can you expect?

Gary is one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Pennsylvania, and has handled federal and state criminal trials for more than 40 years. His cases have ranged from cases involving law enforcement misconduct to death penalty defense, and cases involving Constitutional rights for the ACLU. Gary regularly conducts seminars on criminal law, trial tactics and strategies at the state and national level. 



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DRBC Public Hearing on Fracking Regulations in the Delaware River Basin
1:00 PM13:00

DRBC Public Hearing on Fracking Regulations in the Delaware River Basin

  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Airport (map)
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Delaware River Basin Commission Public Hearing on Special Regulations Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Activities

The Commission proposes to amend its Special Regulations to add a section on hydraulic fracturing in shale and other rock formations, including a ban on high volume hydraulic fracturing and water management requirements. See more information at: DRBC Public Hearing on New Fracking Regulations

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Fracked Gas Infrastructure Strategy Meeting
to Jan 20

Fracked Gas Infrastructure Strategy Meeting

  • 1525 Newton Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20010 United States (map)
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In-person strategy meeting to convene communities, leaders, activists and experts to share experiences, best practices, and develop the mutual strategies  for 2018, and that will enhance local battles on the ground and the collective battle against the abuses of FERC.


- January 19 & 20 (Friday & Saturday (TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED) with the potential for action at the FERC January 18th meeting
- Meeting at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington D.C. 20010
- Affordable accommodation for up to 100 people -- $11 a night per person

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Evaluation 101 for Human Rights Organizations, Scientific Partnerships for Human Rights Program Evaluations
11:00 AM11:00

Evaluation 101 for Human Rights Organizations, Scientific Partnerships for Human Rights Program Evaluations

Program evaluation can be highly technical, but support is available for human rights organizations. This final webinar in the four-part series will feature examples of scientists from different disciplines, including social scientists, statisticians, epidemiologists, and data scientists, who can help human rights practitioners conduct evaluations, including developing theories of change and  logic models, identifying evaluation questions, selecting appropriate evaluation methods including participatory methods, and analyzing and communicating the evaluation findings. Participants will gain an understanding of how these types of experts can provide assistance and how AAAS On-call Scientists, Statistics Without Borders, and other referral services can help human rights practitioners find partners well-suited for their evaluation projects.  Click on the source link below to register for the event.  Webcasts of the series are available for viewing at:


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