A group of national water experts will discuss the potential consequences of the controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, during a panel discussion on Friday at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).
In addition to addressing the impacts on water quality, participants will discuss how much water is required by fracking systems in comparison with other extraction techniques; whether U.S. states have the water capacity to meet these needs long term; and whether the appropriate regulatory framework is in place to assure that the fracking of natural gas can be done sustainably.
The discussion will begin at 3 p.m. in Kroon Hall’s Burke Auditorium. It is open to the public.
“We’ve heard a lot about water contamination and water quality in general when it comes to hydraulic fracturing,” said Véronique Bourg-Meyer ’15 M.E.M., one of the organizers of the event. “Impacts on water quality are important, but we also wanted to bring people with expertise to discuss the water use requirements of hydraulic fracturing and the technical aspects of this type of extraction, specifically with water scarcity being a growing concern in so many communities throughout the United States.”