Attorney Dusty Horwitt has used his experience in journalism, law, and politics to conduct investigative research and advocacy on oil and natural gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and metal mining. His work helped protect the state of New York from unsafe shale gas drilling and the Grand Canyon and Colorado River from uranium mining. He has testified on natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing before the New York City Council and local government panels in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. He has testified on metal mining reform before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He has been quoted or cited in multiple media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Marketplace on NPR and is the author of a chapter on hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure in Environmental Issues Concerning Hydraulic Fracturing, Vol. 1, a textbook published in 2017 by Elsevier. Mr. Horwitt has worked at Earthworks, Environmental Working Group, and Partnership for Policy Integrity as an analyst and senior counsel, as a reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago, and as a congressional staff member. He is currently working as a consultant on oil and gas projects for Physicians for Social Responsibility. He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in History and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Mr. Horwitt will speak about the federal and state laws that govern the use and disclosure of chemicals in oil and natural gas drilling. He will discuss how these laws leave citizens at risk and make it difficult for physicians and first responders to protect the public. He will also offer suggestions about what physicians and others can do to change the legal framework and protect their communities from chemical-related pollution.