On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, CHEC & the Foundation for PA Watersheds will be hosting one of the most diverse meetings ever assembled to address Marcellus Shale gas extraction concerns. The meeting is also to officially launch this blog! (We’re calling both components “FracTracker” for simplicity purposes.)
Serious economic, environmental & public health concerns surround the gas extraction process. These concerns include road infrastructure degradation, explosions & blowouts, agriculture & hunting & fishing impacts, water contamination from the disposal of waste fluids into surface waters, & human exposure to volatile organic compounds that off-gas from production facilities.
FracTracker will enable people to better assess documented & predicted impacts & correlate them with the geographic location of wells drilled & accompanying production facilities. For the first time ever, researchers across many disciplines will be able to collaborate directly with communities & citizens in the collection & analysis of data that track these impacts across the Marcellus Shale play. FracTracker also has the potential to significantly influence future research & policy formulation.
Additional FracTracker Meetings
Four additional meetings of a similar nature will be held in NY, Western PA, Eastern PA, & WV during July & August of 2010. See schedule below for more information. All meetings will occur from 10am – 4pm.
- July 22, 2010 — Pittsburgh, PA
- July 29, 2010 — Danville, PA
- August 10, 2010 — Ithaca, NY
- August 13, 2010 — Charleston, WV
If your organization would like to participate in one of those meetings, please email or call us at (412) 802-0273 to request an invite – pending available space.