Title

“Fracking” up our Environment

Date

5-29-2014 1:45 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 2:30 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Arelene Courtney

Session Title

Chemistry Capstone Seminars

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Arlene Courtney

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The natural gas industry profits over $476 billion a year and is a major contributor to the United States economy. The large amounts of natural gas found in shale deposits could accommodate domestic demand for more than a hundred years. Although this sounds like a great investment for the country, there are some severe environmental costs. The first is that hydraulic fracturing uses huge amounts of water which must be transported at significant environmental cost to the drilling site. Another concern is that carcinogenic chemicals may escape and contaminate groundwater around the drilling site. The natural gas industry suggests pollution incidents result from bad practice, rather than an inherently risky technique. This is exactly what we would expect these corporate giants to say. Before making an investment in this new technology, we need to know what the environmental costs really are.

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May 29th, 1:45 PM May 29th, 2:30 PM

“Fracking” up our Environment

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

The natural gas industry profits over $476 billion a year and is a major contributor to the United States economy. The large amounts of natural gas found in shale deposits could accommodate domestic demand for more than a hundred years. Although this sounds like a great investment for the country, there are some severe environmental costs. The first is that hydraulic fracturing uses huge amounts of water which must be transported at significant environmental cost to the drilling site. Another concern is that carcinogenic chemicals may escape and contaminate groundwater around the drilling site. The natural gas industry suggests pollution incidents result from bad practice, rather than an inherently risky technique. This is exactly what we would expect these corporate giants to say. Before making an investment in this new technology, we need to know what the environmental costs really are.