Tuesday, March 29, 2011

An in-depth look at hydrofracking

Two Finger Lakes Community College student clubs and a Canandaigua Lake protection group have partnered to present an in-depth look at hydrofracking over four evenings on April 1, 5, 7 and 8 at the FLCC main campus.
The 2011 Hydrofracking Symposium will feature films and speakers, including representatives from the oil and gas industry and from the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes, which opposes the procedure.
Hydrofracking involves pumping high pressure streams of water and chemicals into the Marcellus shale deposits beneath portions of the eastern United States to free natural gas trapped within the rock formation.
The FLCC chapter of the Wildlife Society and the Finger Lakes Environmental Action Club have worked with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association to schedule four events from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each night in Room D214 on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr. All events are free and open to the public.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 1: Showing of the film, “Gasland,” made by documentary filmmaker Josh Fox after a company approached him to lease his land.
Tuesday, April 5: Showing of the film “All Fracked Up,” by Jeff and Jodi Andrysick of Hammondsport, who will attend and be available for questions after the film.
Thursday, April 7: Dr. Scott Cline, consulting geologist and petroleum engineer, and John Holko, president of Lenape Resources Inc. and secretary of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, will discuss energy use, shale gas development in New York, horizontal drilling, the hydraulic fracturing process and materials and New York’s economic future and its oil and gas regulation.
Friday, April 8: Jack Ossont of the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes, Jim Barre of the Keuka Lake Watershed Association and Joe Heath, attorney and natural resources leasing expert, will discuss negative environmental impacts of the procedure in Pennsylvania with a focus on well water and aquifer contamination and legal information about signing a lease with a gas company.
For more information, contact the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association at (585) 394-5030.

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