Duke prof hosts webcast on 'fracking'
Posted September 15, 2011
Duke University takes on the controversial natural gas extraction process known as "fracking" Thursday in a live web chat. Robert Jackson, a professor of Biology and a geochemist will explain his research into the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing beginning at noon.
"Fracking" forces high-pressure liquids into underground rock to break it up and release natural gas and oil. It has proven to be a source of previously unavailable domestic energy, and property owners have profited.
But Jackson's work has shown that the liquids used in fracking and the by-products of the process have the potential to contaminate groundwater. Jackson and his colleagues at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment found methane contamination in well water near shale-gas drilling and hydrofracking sites.
Jackson is the Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change at Duke.
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