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Marcellus Shale and Earth Day

April 20, 2011

Looking for something to do this Friday night? Come on out and visit us at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY for a panel on the Earth system science of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Here are the details:

Friday, April 22 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd

The Science Beneath the Surface: Earth Systems Science of Drilling the Marcellus Shale.

The Museum of the Earth will host a panel on the geology and drilling of natural gas in Marcellus Shale. The goal of this panel discussion is to provide discussion around the geology and environmental impacts of this activity over time and geographic scales, both small and large. The panel will focus on Earth science aspects of the issues, such as the nature of natural fractures and hydrofractures, migration of fluids and methane, methane concentration and production, and long-term energy choices.

Panelists will include Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Dr. Richard Allmendinger, and Dr. Bruce Selleck. Ingraffea is D C Baum Professor of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and Allmendinger is Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell; Selleck is Harold Orville Whitnall Professor of Geology at Colgate University.

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