Yale Panel to Debate Hydraulic Fracturing

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. (EDT)

WHERE: Kroon Hall at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) (live streaming available)

The discussion, “Hydraulic Fracturing: Bridge to a Clean Energy Future?”, will explore whether hydraulic fracturing, better known as hydrofracking or fracking, will enhance America’s energy security, or deter the development of renewable energy sources and foster a continuing dependence on fossil fuels.

The event in Kroon Hall’s Burke Auditorium will be broadcast online via a live-stream that will enable viewers nationwide to watch the program and participate in a question-and-answer period. To tune into the discussion, visit http://new.livestream.com/yale.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the economic, energy and environmental implications of shale gas development,” said David Skelly, F&ES professor of ecology and associate dean for research. “Hydraulic fracturing is little understood, but it has the potential to have a profound impact on this nation’s energy security, public health and global climate.”

The panel will feature John Hofmeister, a former Shell Oil executive and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy; Bill McKibben, an environmental journalist and founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org; Sheila Olmstead, a fellow at the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future; and James Saiers, F&ES professor of hydrology and a water chemistry expert. Brad Gentry, director of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale and a member of the F&ES faculty, will be the moderator.

Source: Yale School of F&ES