Ingraffea to speak on science of shale gas

Nationally recognized expert on hydraulic fracturing, Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, will be in at 7 p.m. Thursday (11/21) in Butler to discuss his research on the science of shale gas, including the latest evidence of leaky fracking wells and methane emissions.

Ingraffea is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University and has authored more than 200 papers on fracking and is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the issue. In 2011, TIME Magazine named him one of its “People Who Mattered.”

The lecture, which is free, will be in Succop Theater, Butler County Community College, 107 College Drive, Butler.

Info: 724-485-9835.

Westminster hosts public meeting on water quality

NEW WILMINGTON – Westminster College will host a public meeting on the Lawrence and Mercer Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring at 7 p.m. Thursday (11/21) in Room 207 of Patterson Hall. The event is free.

The meeting is being organized by Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor of chemistry and chairman of environmental science, and students Tyler Umstead and Lance Jubic. The agenda will include updates on the water quality monitoring program, how to preserve steam quality in the region, and potential effects shale gas drilling may have on area waters.

Info: 724-946-6293

Conference eyes public health impact of drilling  

PITTSBURGH – A conference on the latest research relating to shale gas extraction and its impact on public health will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (11/23) at the Heinz History Center, Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh (5th floor).

Billed as “Shale Drilling and Public Health: A Day of Discovery,” the conference features nationally known experts who will address topics ranging from worker health, to the impact of unconventional drilling on food production, the health effects of industrial noise, and shale industry best practices, among others. The event is presented by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. In conjunction with the conference, interactive exhibits from health organizations and environmental and agricultural groups will cover a range of practical information for the consumer, including a demonstration of innovative in-home water monitoring equipment, and up-to-date information on how to enroll for health insurance.

All attendees will receive a copy of the League’s latest resource guide: “Shale Drilling and Public Health.”

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania began its study of shale issues in 2008.

It is part of “The Straight Scoop on Shale” initiative funded by a Colcom Foundation grant to League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s Citizen Education Fund.

The conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required at or by calling: 800-617-4253.

Coast Guard seeks wastewater barge comments till Nov. 29

PITTSBURGH -- The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater, a drilling byproduct that can include chemicals, radioactive material and heavy metals.

Over the last five years, a lot of Pennsylvania shale wastewater has been taken to Ohio by truck or train but the Coast Guard said barge companies are interested in taking wastewater to disposal sites in Texas and Louisiana, too.

The Coast Guard is accepting comments until Nov. 29.

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