Myths, realities of shale gas explored in presentation

A.R. Ingraffea will present the myths and realities of Shale gas at Youngstown State University.

A.R. Ingraffea

A. R. Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, presents “Unconventional Gas Development from Shale Plays: Myths and Realities” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Room 1171 of Williamson Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Ingraffea will make the presentation via live video conferencing, following by a question and answer session. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The presentation will explore some myths and realities concerning large-scale development of the unconventional natural gas resource in shale deposits in the Northeast.  On a local scale, these concern geological aspects of the plays, and the resulting development and use of directional drilling, high-volume, slickwater, hydraulic fracturing, multi-well clustered pad arrangements, and the impacts of these technologies on waste production and disposal, and contamination of water supplies.  On a global scale, the presentation will also explore the cumulative impact of unconventional gas development on greenhouse gas loading of the atmosphere.

Ingraffea is a Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell. He did research and development at Cornell for the oil and gas industry for 25 years, specializing in hydraulic fracture simulation and pipeline safety, and twice won the National Research Council/U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics Award for Research in Rock Mechanics. He became a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1991, co-editor-in-chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics in 2005, won ASTM’s George Irwin Award for outstanding research in fracture mechanics in 2006, and in 2009 was named a Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture. Recently, he has been engaged in informal education regarding the topic of this lecture with over 100 public presentations.  He is also president and a founding member of the Board of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Sustainable and Healthy Energy Inc. TIME magazine named him one of its “People Who Mattered” in 2011.

The presentation is sponsored by the Office of The Provost, the James Dale Ethics Center, the College of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, the Department of Civil/Environmental & Chemical Engineering and the Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences.