Fracking: Energy Solution or Environmental Problem?
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has been used as an effective technique for tapping gas or oil reserves, which have been typically considered costly to extract. However this activity involving the injection of massive amounts of water mixed with chemicals may result in groundwater contamination and air pollution. How does “fracking” work and what are its potential impacts on our communities? Do the economic benefits of this practice outweigh its health and environmental risks? Should the State ban or at least regulate “fracking” or should the oil producers be allowed to self-regulate? A discussion with a panel of experts moderated by NBC4 reporter Conan Nolan addressed these and many other important questions from a variety of perspectives: science, economics, impact on communities, and public policy.
Featured panelists included: (click name for bio)
Conan Nolan — moderator
Director, Climate Law Institute, Center for Biological Diversity
Fred Aminzadeh, Ph.D.
Professor of Petroleum and Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California
Managing Director, USC Global Energy Network
Managing Director, USC Induced Seismicity Consortium
Executive Director, USC Reservoir Monitoring Consortium
Executive Director, USC Center for Geothermal Studies
California Director, Energy in Depth
President, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
District Director, Office of Assembly member Holly J. Mitchell 54th State Assembly
In partnership with the Empowerment Congress and the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas – with generous support from The California Endowment.
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