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Next meeting -- October 8, 2014

Next meeting -- October 8, 2014

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!

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