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Shale expert to speak on hydraulic fracturing

February 27, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

PORTLAND - Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, a shale expert and Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, will speak about high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at the Cornell University Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory, 6592 W. Main Rd., Route 20, Portland on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, the SUNY Fredonia Academic Community Engagement Center and the Environmental Justice ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Ingraffea's talk will explore myths and realities concerning large-scale development of unconventional natural gas resource in shale deposits.

Locally, these concern the geology of the area and development and use of: directional drilling; high-volume, slickwater, hydraulic fracturing; multi-well clustered pad arrangements; the impacts of these technologies on waste production and disposal; and possible contamination of water supplies. On a global scale, Ingraffea will also explore the cumulative impact on the atmosphere of greenhouse gases.

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a non-profit charitable organization located in Chautauqua County. With a focus on land conservation and watershed education since 1990, the CWC is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Information about CWC can be found at or

The SUNY Fredonia Academic Community Engagement center promotes campus and community collaboration in the areas of civic engagement, sustainability, service learning and community-based research. Information can be found at

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is a liberal religious community promoting individual spiritual development, providing companionship of life's sacred journey and working toward peace, liberty and justice in the local and global communities. Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Fredonia Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St. Call 679-7944 or visit or for information.



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