The U.S. Department of Justice is sponsoring a two-day law enforcement conference this week in State College, Pa., on the Marcellus Shale. The purpose is to educate local law enforcement in Pennsylvania on environmental and other crimes specific to the Marcellus Shale. The conference is open only to law enforcement and prosecutors. It is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Criminal Investigations Division, the FBI, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and other federal and state law enforcement agencies. Scheduled speakers include Peter J. Smith, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and Ignacia Moreno, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department. The high level speakers and extensive resources devoted to the conference reflect the very high priority being placed by government authorities on environmental and other criminal enforcement related to the Marcellus Shale.
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