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Webinar: Fracking and public health
October 20, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Fracking – the process of breaking apart underground shale rocks to capture natural gas – has transformed Pennsylvania’s energy economy. However, its development has not been without controversy, as communities weigh potential economic benefits with concerns about climate change, the release of greenhouse gases in natural gas production, and concerns about environmental and health impacts of fracking.
This lunchtime colloquium, part of the “Sustainability & Health: Partners by Nature” series organized by Penn State Sustainability Institute, will focus on facts about the fracking process and related public health and climate research to allow for more informed consideration of the issues.
Panelists will include Tom Murphy, co-director of the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research at Penn State; Brook Lenker, executive director of FracTracker; and Dr. Ned Ketyer, a pediatrician with the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project.
Find out more about sustainability efforts at the College of Medicine at med.psu.edu/sustainability.