SUNY Oswego to present Nov. 11 panel on hydrofracking

The SUNY Oswego Civic Engagement Program and Students for Global Change will sponsor a panel presentation Nov. 11 on the drilling technique called hydrofracking.

The session will take place at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

Panelists will include Dr. Tony Ingraffea, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University; William M. Kappel, a hydrogeologist with the U.S. Geological Survey; and Dr. Carl Pierce, a geophysicist at SUNY Oswego.

The speakers will present information about the science of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as hyrdofracking. The process creates fractures in rock to increase the output of a particular substance, such as natural gas.

The sponsors plan to host a balanced, informational session that will emphasize fact-based details available to the public.

“There’s been a lot of interest with all of the publicity related to the production of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation,” said Dr. Nola Heidlebaugh, coordinator of SUNY Oswego’s Civic Engagement Program. “This formation extends very close to our community here in Central New York, and so students and community members want to know more.”

Alisia Engle, president of Students for Global Change at Oswego, added, “Our group is excited to co-sponsor a presentation on hydrofracking and to provide information to students and other community members.”

To register, receive more information or learn about assistance for persons with disabilities, call 312-3677 or e-mail civic@oswego.edu. Parking is free in campus lots evenings and weekends.


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(Posted: Oct 22, 2010)

Tags: students for global change, hyrdofracking, hydraulic fracturing, engagement, civic engagement