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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

Reporter, NBC4

Kassie Siegel

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

Dave Quast

California Director, Energy in Depth

Gary Gless

President, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community

Sydney Kamlager

District Director, Office of Assembly member Holly J. Mitchell 54th State Assembly


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