Marcellus Shale Fracking Expert to Speak at HUB

Cornell professor Dr. Anthony Ingraffea will speak in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium tomorrow night at 7:00 pm to discuss some myths and realities concerning the development of the Marcellus Shale.

Ingraffea is an expert on the subject. His research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes, according to his bio on Cornell’s website, and he has been recognized by a number of industry and academic groups focused on the field.

The Marcellus Shale is a major issue in Pennsylvania, with debate raging about the environment impact of the hydraulic fracking technique commonly used to extract natural gas from the geological formation. It is also a locally relevant issue as well, with Governor Tom Corbett going as far as to suggest that Penn State tap the shale beneath its various landholdings throughout the state in an effort to alleviate the university’s budgetary pressures.

The event is sponsored by the Sierra Club Moshannon Group and Penn State EcoAction.

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