SATURDAY MORNING PHYSICS
Hydraulic Fracturing 101: Clearing the Waters of the Fracking Debate


Oct
19
2013

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  • Speaker: Brian R. Ellis, PhD (U-M Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar)
  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 10/19/2013
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Location: 170 & 182 Dennison Building

  • Description:

    Recent growth in the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas from unconventional reservoirs promises to change America’s energy future. Yet, the scale and rate at which this technology is being applied is simultaneously raising concerns about its impact on the environment and public health. This presentation will introduce the fundamentals behind hydraulic fracturing, discuss how this completion technology is altering the national energy landscape and examine current activity specific to the state of Michigan.

    Detailed Information
    All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.

    Contact Information
    For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series, see the Physics Department website, or call 734.764.4437