Lunch and Learn: Soil FrackingOral Session
For decades, geologists have known about the natural gas stored in deep rock formations such as the Utica and Marcellus shales, which run beneath Ohio and several other eastern states. But extracting this fuel wasn’t economical until the advent of the controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in which millions of gallons of pressurized water, sand, and chemicals are injected deep into the earth to fracture deep shale and release the trapped gas. Meeting attendees are invited to attend this special session, in which two noted soil scientists will cover the basics of fracking and its impacts on soils, water, and landscapes. Lunch is for sale in the foyer right outside the Grand Ballroom.