Daemen Offers Hydrofracking Film, Discussion on Citizen Action

Is Natural Gas Still Universally Regarded as a Clean Fuel? 


October 25, 2012



Information: Walter Simpson

                        Adjunct Instructor

                        Daemen Global & Local Sustainability Program

                        (716) 839-0062



Is hydrofracking too risky? Or can it be done in an environmentally responsible way? Daemen College will offer “Clean Natural Gas? Exploring the Challenge of Hydrofracking” 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 29, in room 336 Duns Scotus Hall on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, Amherst.  The event is free and open to the Public. 


A discussion will be preceded by the film, “The Sky is Pink,” produced by Josh Fox and the Gasland Team.  Panelists are David Kowalski, Professor Emeritus, UB CLEAR; Scott Sackett, President, Skipping Stone Pictures; Joseph Currier, Mathematics Major, Daemen College; Lynda Schneekloth, Chairperson, Sierra Club Niagara Group (niagarasierraclub.wordpress.com/). Blogs: j.mp/ReEnergizeBuffalo & j.mp/CleanEnergyNow.


The event will be moderated by Walter Simpson (www.energyreallymatters.com).



Is the public perception of natural gas as a clean fuel still true? Drilling for gas in deep shale formations using hydraulic fracturing technology is changing opinions.  Can fracking be done in an environmentally responsible way?  Or do cleaner alternatives exist?  The discussion will address these questions and explain the role of citizen action and media in shaping natural gas public policy.  

This event is presented as part of the Alternative & Renewable Energy Issues course in Daemen's Global & Local Sustainability program.  For information on this exciting new major and minor, visit www.daemen.edu/sustainability.   For more information about the panel discussion, wsimpson@daemen.edu or 839-0062.


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