November 2010

“Fermi Faces Fracking,” presentation by Don Siegel, Professor of Earth Science at Syracuse University, Tuesday, November 16th, 7:00 pm

Delavan Center, 501 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13204

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Don Siegel

Opponents of natural gas development argue that surface water and groundwater supplies of upstate New York will be systemically compromised by the extraction of deep natural gas by using an engineering procedure called hydraulic fracking. Even back of the envelope calculations, “Fermi Solutions”, show these assertions false from first principles of water chemistry and hydrology.

Don Siegel, Ph.D., is Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Teaching Professor of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University. He is a Birdsall Distinguished Lecturer for the Geological Society of America (GSA), and a winner of GSA’s Meinzer Award for Research Contributions in Hydrogeology. He has served on numerous National Research Council panels on water issues and now chairs the National Water Science and Technology Board. Professor Siegel has published over 125 peer reviewed papers and books on water topics, and has provided expertise to multiple governmental agencies, corporations, and the legal profession on a broad range of environmental issues.

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