Here’s the announcement from the CWA:
Join us Thursday, November 17, at 2:00 p.m. ET for the webcast series Hydraulic Fracturing: Fresh Facts & Critical Choices to explore the potential footprint on ecosystems as well as safeguards state regulators are using and developing to protect ground water. Kevin Heatley with Biohabitats, Inc., will discuss the significant landscape impact that can occur from drilling and fracturing operations and associated infrastructure systems on forests, wildlife, and habitat. Ground Water Protection Council’s Mike Paque will describe efforts of state regulators to protect watersheds and improve public transparency through the establishment of a national registry on fracturing fluids.
The Clean Water America Alliance and the American Water Resources Association are partnering to produce the three part webinar series. “The “Shale Rush,” prompted by technology breakthroughs in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing over the last decade has raised significant questions about the footprint on the environment, impact to public health, and the roles of various government agencies” explains Alliance President BenGrumbles. “Water is a particular concern with potential issues down under, downstream, or downwind. Especially now, as U.S. EPA seeks to develop rules on “fracking,” the water sector will want to develop a more in-depth and objective understanding on all aspects and consequences from objective sources.” Grumbles and Michael Campana (President of AWRA), will facilitate the expert panels and audience questions to shed more light on the fracking issue. Webcast registration is $50 per site, per event, or $100 for all three one-hour sessions, or $75 for members. Visit www.CleanWaterAmericaAlliance.org to register.
The next and last webcast in the series is December 1. It will discuss safeguards and concerns of natural gas recovery from deep shale formations as well as an update on EPA activities. Dr. Donald Siegel of Syracuse University will discuss the extent of potential natural gas supplies in shale in the United States, and how drilling and recovery can be done safely without impacts to humans or ecosystems if adequate safeguards are employed throughout the process. Dr. Joseph Romm of the Center for American Progress will discuss possible impacts on humans and ecosystems if proper techniques for drilling and sealing of wells and recovery and storage/disposal of fracturing fluids and formation water are not in place if accidents occur at any stage of the process. A representative of the U.S. EPA will discuss pending studies and research-related activities of the agency.
The first webcast was November 1 and is available by video with registration. It presented an overview of fracking. Christopher Harto of Argonne National Laboratories, Washington, DC, described the generic process with a focus on correct procedures for drilling and installation of wells, injection of fracking fluids, recovery of natural gas, and methods for disposal of recovered fracking fluids and formation water. Carol Collier of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) discussed the proliferation of deep natural gas recovery wells in the DRBC, the opportunities and challenges present for residents of the DRBC, and potential positive and negative impacts of proliferation on the management of water and ecological resources in the DRBC.
For more information, contact Lorraine Loken at 202.533.1819, lloken@CWAA.org.
Meanwhile the EPA plans to have their study of hydraulic fracturing completed in 2014, according to The New York Times Green blog.