Roundtable Meeting – Friday, January 11, 2019

“Why Frack and What is the Risk?”

There is much information in the popular press on what is involved in fracking to produce oil and gas from shale deposits, the processes used and the risks to the environment. Some of it is true, some of it is false, and some of it is merely misleading. As someone who has been involved in the oil industry for over 50 years, is a Professional Engineer, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the President of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas which published a report on the “Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas”, Arnold finds it disturbing that so many people have such strong views on a subject they do not understand.

The TAMEST report was developed by engineering and scientific experts in the fields of seismic, land use, air emissions, water use and quality, transportation, and economic and social impacts. The report was peer reviewed by 14 experts from around the country and is available for free download at www.tamest.org.k Parts of this report have been quoted by both proponents and opponents of shale development.

This presentation begins with a brief discussion of what is involved in producing oil and gas from shale rock rather than from conventional reservoirs and then relies on the TAMEST report to explain the impacts on communities.

Speaker: Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E., NAE, Senior Technical Advisor, WorleyParsons

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