7:30 Program - Jordan Kleiman - Fracking: A Historian’s View of a Public Controversy
Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘hydrofracking,’ is the process where liquid and chemicals
are injected at high pressure (up to 15,000 psi) into shale rock thousands of feet
underground to remove natural gas. While companies who stand to benefit from
the process tout it as a way to ensure America’s robust energy and economic
future, many have expressed concern about the environmental impact of the
process and the long-term viability of any economic benefits. In New York State
the debate continues unabated, with oil and gas corporations spending millions
on positive ad campaigns to ‘inform’ the public, and citizens’ groups banding
together and fighting to keep the process from coming to their towns. Much is at
stake. Two vast shale deposits lie beneath New York State, the Marcellus Shale
and Utica Shale layers. Both are very attractive to oil and gas companies that are
working hard for an opportunity to exploit them.
One local advocate for keeping hydrofracking out of New York is Jordan
Kleiman, PhD, an associate professor of history at SUNY Geneseo. In Fracking:
A Historian’s View of a Public Controversy, Dr. Kleiman will address the
issue at the ADK general meeting on October 8, explaining the process, the
environmental concerns, the economic impact, and the politics. His own journey
from researching the subject to becoming an active opponent has included
working successfully with a citizen’s group in Rush to ban shale gas development
in that town. He speaks regularly on the subject. This is an important topic for
ADK, especially in our region where we lie atop both major shale deposits.
Come out to learn more about the process and why it has provoked so much
controversy. Whether you already have an opinion, would like to ask questions,
or just learn what all the fuss is about, this is a ‘don’t miss’ presentation for both
our members and for the community at large. All are welcome!
6:30 PM Workshop -- No workshop this month, but there is always opportunity for good conversation before the main meeting. Come find out what our hikers and paddlers have been up to.
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is dedicated to the protection and responsible
recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, and other parks, wild
lands, and waters vital to our members and chapters. The Club, founded in 1922,
is a member-directed organization committed to public service and stewardship.
ADK employs a balanced approach to outdoor recreation, advocacy, environmental
education, and natural resource conservation.