Renowned fracking expert Anthony Ingraffea discussed Unconventional Development of Oil/Gas from Shale Formations in this Global Energies Distinguished Lecture
In this talk, Prof. Ingraffea (Engineering, Cornell) explored some myths and realities concerning large-scale development of the unconventional natural gas/oil resource in shale deposits. 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 patterned-cluster pad arrangements, and the impacts of these technologies on waste production and disposal, and possible contamination of water supplies. On a global scale, the talk also addressed the cumulative impact of unconventional gas development on greenhouse gas loading of the atmosphere. Finally, Prof. Ingraffea discussed green alternatives to shale gas.
Albert S. Colman, assistant professor in the Department of Geophysical Sciences, introduced Dr. Ingraffea.