Avner Vengosh on the Myths and Reality of Water Contamination from Fracking

Is Our Water Safe: The Myths & Realities of Water Contamination Associated with Shale Gas Exploration & Hydraulic Fracturing.

On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, the Duke University Center for International Studies will host Proffesor Avner Vengosh of the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, for the first Wednesday at the Center of 2014.

Avner Vengosh

Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences Avner Vengosh

Professor Vengosh will present a talk entitled, “The Myth and Reality of Water Contamination Associated with Shale Gas Exploration and Hydraulic Fracturing.”

Production from unconventional natural gas reservoirs has substantially expanded in the U.S. through the advent of horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing These technological advances have opened vast new energy sources, such as low-permeability organic-rich shale formations and “tight-sand” reservoirs, altering the domestic energy landscape in the United States. Despite the large resource potentials and economic benefits, the rapid expansion of shale gas development in the U.S. has triggered an intense public debate over the environmental and human health implications of unconventional energy development. The presentation will provide an overview and synopsis of recent investigations into one set of possible environmental impacts from unconventional shale gas development in the USA; in particular the potential risks to water resources.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 12:00pm, in the John Hope Franklin Center‘s room 240. Lunch will be served.