NEWS ADVISORY: Attorney to Lecture on Hydro-Fracking, Alien Tort Claims & Torture Victim Protection, Wed. Sept. 29, 7PM

Pace Law grad Peter Cambs will lecture on hydro-fracking, the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act. Hydro-fracking is the controversial gas drilling process exposed as a public health threat by this year’s award-winning documentary “Gasland.”

Public health threat hydro-fracking exposed this year by award-winning documentary “Gasland”

Pleasantville, NY, September 29, 2010– Peter J. Cambs, a Pace Law graduate and an attorney with Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, will present a lecture on hydro-fracking litigation, the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act on Wednesday, September 29, at Pace University.

Cambs will address the controversy surrounding the gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydro-fracking, which was exposed by this year’s award-winning documentary “Gasland.” Hydro-fracking involves the injection of millions of gallons of chemically treated water underground to release natural gas that is trapped in rock formations. The process causes chemical additives, heavy metals, radioactive material and other toxic substances to leach into the water supply, posing a public health threat.

Cambs’ presentation will begin at 7:00pm in the Butcher Suite, at the Kessler Student Center, Pleasantville campus, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY, entrance 3. The event is free and open to the public.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing the environmental impact of drilling in upstate New York, where natural gas companies seek to tap the rich gas reserves of the Marcellus Shale. Cambs and his law firm, Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of 13 Pennsylvania families whose well water has allegedly been contaminated by hydro-fracking fluids.

According to a September 22 article in “The Nation,”Gasland is one of the most important American films in years, exposing this threat to drinking water and public health. The film shows toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance, where it premiered in January, Gasland aired on HBO in June and it is now showing in select theaters nationwide.

Legislation aiming to repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act that would require the energy industry to disclose the chemicals it pumps underground in the hydraulic fracturing process has been proposed – the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act.

Cambs will also discuss aspects of the Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victims Protection Act and how these laws afford the possibility of relief to victims of the most serious types of human rights abuses, including crimes against humanity, torture, and extrajudicial killing.

Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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