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Wheeling Jesuit to Host Photo Exhibit about Marcellus Scale Industry

Wheeling, W.Va. - Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) will be the host of a photo exhibit that tells the tale of the Marcellus shale gas industry.

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project can be seen in the art gallery on the WJU campus Oct. 29 to Dec. 10. Wheeling Jesuit's Appalachian Institute and art department will sponsor the event.

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project tells stories, through photographic images, of how the lives of Pennsylvanians have been affected by the Marcellus Shale Gas Industry. By creating a visual document of the environmental, social and economic impact of drilling, the exhibit aims to engage communities in the current Marcellus debate while providing important historical images for the future.

In capturing images of the people and places most affected by gas drilling, photographers Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial examine both the positive and negative results of drilling, and how the environment and the communities that live with the resources are being shaped. Organized by photographer Brian Cohen, and Laura Domencic, director of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the project is traveling exhibition that opened in October 2012 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

This photo exhibit can be seen Monday through Thursday from noon until 5 p.m. on the Wheeling Jesuit campus. The exhibit will be closed during the University's Thanksgiving break.

As part of the exhibit, there will be two other programs held in the WJU art gallery, which is located in Kirby Hall:

Thursday, Nov. 14, there will be a lecture - Uncharted Territory-Community Health Impacts Associated with Shale Gas Drilling. This interactive lecture, set for 6 p.m. in the art gallery, will focus on the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, specifically discussing the health concerns related to shale drilling. Dr. Jill Kriesky, associate director of Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, will be the featured presenter.

A panel discussion will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 in the art gallery. Dr. John Stolz of Duquesne University will represent the environmental side of shale drilling, Doug Shields, former president of the Pittsburgh City Council, will speak on the political viewpoint, and Carrie Hahn, a local community member impacted by drilling, will speak on the community impact.

For more information about the exhibit or the two programs, please contact Beth Collins, director of the Appalachian Institute at 304-243-4361 or ecollins@wju.edu.

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