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Debate team tackles “Keystone Pipe Line” and “Fracking”

By Staff | Apr 12, 2013

On Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m., Shepherd University Debate and Competitive Speaking Team will present two Lincoln-Douglas style debates at the invitation of Jefferson County Organization of Democratic Women. The topics for the debate “Keystone Pipe Line” and “Fracking.” of deep interest to West Virginia citizens are a real service to Jefferson County. Under the direction of Dr. Joyce Webb of the Communications and new Media Department at Shepherd, the students have won over 40 awards for their debate skills.

The debaters are Kelly Dempsey, Debate Team Captain, Jake Blackall, Lawrence Brown and Cullen Byers. The first debate – “Resolved: that the U.S. Federal Government should allow the installation of the Keystone Pipeline to transport tar sands from Canada through the United States,” will be debated by Kelly Dempsey and Lawrence Brown. The resolution for the second debate will be addressed by Jake Blackall and Cullen Brown “Resolved: that the U.S. Federal Government should regulate Hydraulic Fracturing.”

After each debate the floor will be open to questions. The debates, held at the Old Charles Town Library, (Washington and Samuel streets) are free and open to the public. There will be one hour allocated to each topic, debate and questions. The Samuel Street entrance is handicap accessible. Refreshments will be served.