Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Susan Brantley - Fracking in Pennsylvania: Current State and Future Impact
America’s ever-growing demand for energy brought the natural gas revolution into Pennsylvania’s backyard, bringing with it the rapid expansion of unconventional—and controversial—extraction techniques. Hydraulic fracturing, the process of acquiring natural gas from bedrock deep below the Earth’s surface, has made headlines in recent years as its environmental and human health impacts are weighed against the economic benefits and reduced carbon emissions of cleaner-burning natural gas. The PA Department of Environmental Protection reports there are currently over 120,000 active oil and gas wells in the state, more than 11,600 of which utilize the controversial “fracking” technique.
Join the conversation as The Franklin Institute’s environmental scientist, Dr. Rachel Valletta, sits down with Dr. Susan Brantley, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University. They will discuss Brantley’s decades of research on the chemical, biological, and physical processes involved in fracking, its potential long-term effects on surrounding environments and ecosystems, and her innovative work with the Shale Network, a non-profit organization committed to community-based data collection on water resources that may be affected by gas extraction.
Dr. Susan Brantley is the Director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State University where she supervises the Water-rock Interaction Laboratory focusing on Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry. You can read more about Dr. Brantley and her research here. For more information on hydraulic fracturing and public policy in Pennsylvania click here.