A longtime oil and gas engineer who helped develop shale fracking techniques for the Department of Energy, will speak on the geologic risks of hydraulic fracking, at an upcoming meeting in Sheridan.
Anthony Ingraffea will also talk about the threats that fracking poses to water supplies, and the effects of this type of development on climate change. He'll be speaking during the annual meeting of the Powder River Basin Resource Council, which is set for Nov. 2 at the Holiday Inn.
His speech titled, “Fracking for Oil & Gas: Bridge or Gangplank?,” addresses the fracking process and its impacts. The event starts at 4 and includes a dinner and auction, followed by his speech at 7:15.
The public is welcome to attend. Admission is $40 or $30 for members. There's also a speaker-only charge for $15 and $5 for members. All proceeds go to the resource council, which is a citizen based organization dedicated to the stewardship of Wyoming’s resources.
Promoters say the speaker is best-known for his co-authorship of a Cornell University study released in 2011 called “Methane and the Greenhouse-Gas Footprint of Natural Gas from Shale Formations.” The piece estimates that the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas from shell is greater than that of any other fossil fuel, including coal.
The speaker is described as a former industry insider who's a formidable and engaging speaker on the current international debate about high-volume hydraulic fracturing. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Engineers and the International Congress on Fracture.