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Cornell engineering professor to address shale gas issues
Monday, February 25, 2013

Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

Myths and realities of large-scale development of natural gas drawn from shale deposits – a concern that is playing out in Western New York -- will be explored by Dr. Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 3:30 p.m. at S204 Williams Center.

“Unconventional Gas Development from Shale Plays: Myths and Realities” is the title of the talk on high volume hydraulic fracturing by Dr. Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell.

From a local perspective, he will address geological issues along with the resulting development and use of directional drilling, high-volume, slickwater, hydraulic fracturing, multi-well cluster pad arrangements and the impacts of these technologies on waste production and disposal and possible contamination of water supplies.

On a global scale, Dr. Ingraffea will address the cumulative impact of unconventional gas development on greenhouse gas loading of the atmosphere.

Dr. Ingraffea’s talk is jointly sponsored by the SUNY Fredonia Academic Community Engagement (FACE) center, the Environmental Social Action Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua and The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and is free and open to the public.

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