What the Frack? Pros and Cons of Hydraulic Fracturing

Facilitator: Neil Sherrod, 266-8488, neil.sherrod@gmail.com                                        Dates: Mondays, March 23-May 11, 2015 (Eight Weeks) Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Text: No text, Presentations required

This class will examine the mechanics of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas well drilling. We will discuss the reasons for and the methods used to fracture rock to recover oil and gas. The ramifications of the use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in the production of oil and gas and its impact on the environment and economy will be evaluated. We will discuss how water and chemicals are used in the process and how they are disposed of. The class will cover the pros and cons of fracking. We will ask: Does fracking contaminate water wells? Cause earthquakes? What is its impact on the environment? Will fracking affect climate change? Who are behind the groups supporting and opposing fracking? What are the laws governing fracking and oil and gas production? In addition, we will explore the ramifications of American energy independence: A poll will be taken at the beginning and end of the course to see if any opinions of fracking have been changed. No book is required. Class members will be asked to make a presentation. Outside speakers will be invited to speak to the class.