Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Natural Gas Exposed (Edited Version) Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

Video by Cris McConkey. "Unconventional Gas Development from Shale: Myths and Realities Related to Human Health Impacts". Keynote address by Anthony Ingraffea at Marcellus Shale Exposed. Held at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. In his presentation, Dr. Ingraffea decimates four myths central to the shale gas industry: (1) Fracing is a 60-year old, well-proven technology; (2) Fluid Migration from faulty wells is a rare phenomenon; (3) The use of multi-well pads and cluster drilling reduces surface impacts; and (4) Natural Gas is a clean fossil fuel. This is an edited version of the full presentation. This video covers well integrity, or lack there-of due to inevitable cement failures, human health impacts, methane emissions from the shale-gas industry and the imperative of reducing this powerful greenhouse gas immediately. Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell and a co-founder of Physicians, Scientists Engineers for Sustainable and Healthy Energy. His research and modelling of hydraulic fracturing, funded by Schlumberger, have been foundational.