A Youngstown State University professor has scheduled a fall speaker series on environmental concerns of hydraulic fracturing entitled "Fall Semester Speaker Series on Energy and the Environment.". Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, geology and environmental sciences professor at YSU, will kick off the series at 7 p.m. Wednesday September 3, 2014 with a talk about local earthquakes related to hydraulic fracturing. He will discuss the recent earthquake near the Niles, Ohio injection well, as well as information he has obtained about the earthquakes last March near a Poland, Ohio gas well.
Organized by Beiersdorfer, Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, the emphasis will be on Scientific, Public Health and Policy Research surrounding shale gas development and renewable energy. The majority of the lectures will be via video conferencing technology but there will be three live lectures. “This series is an outgrowth of the successful video lectures I organized last spring by Dr. Tony Ingraffea of Cornell and Dr. Mark Jacobson of Stanford,” says Dr. Beiersdorfer. “The talks will focus on peer-reviewed research, the only real exception to that will be when Thomas Linzey, the founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund speaks about the community rights movement.” “This will be an exciting lecture,” he adds, “the whole community rights versus corporate rights issue is what Ralph Nader refers to in his left-right coalition.”
“There is a narrative to the series, so I hope people will be able to attend the whole thing. The September Speakers will be looking at scientific and public health research related to shale gas. The focus for October will be on policy, with two political scientists and two attorneys speaking. In November we move to renewable energy with solar and wind. YSU has a solar electricity expert on the faculty in Chemistry, Dr. Clovis Linkous. I’m excited to hear what he has to say.”
Ohio is well represented in the lectures as we have faculty from Ohio State, Cincinnati, Youngstown State and Bowling Green speaking. “I’m sure many students will attend the lectures and I hope members of the community will plan on attending.” “It’s free and open to the public. With a 7 p.m. start time there should be ample free-parking at the on-street metered-parking spaces along Lincoln Ave and adjacent streets.”
The speaker series will start with YSU Professor of Geology Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer sharing information about the recent earthquake 300 feet away from the Niles/Weathersfield injection wells. In addition, he will share information he obtained through a Public Records request about the swarm of earthquakes that occurred in Poland Township in March of this year related to fracking underneath the Carbon-Limestone Landfill.
All talks will be held in Moser 2000 on the YSU campus at 7 p.m. They are free and open to the public.
FULL SCHEDULE and DETAILS HERE: http://www.ysunews.com/10836/
For more information, contact Beiersdorfer at email@example.com.
Sept. 17, “Shale Gas Wastes from the Marcellus and Utica Shales: What are they & how are they managed in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia?”, Julie Weatherington-Rice, PhD, Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants Inc., and adjunct assistant professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Ohio State University.
Sept. 24, “Birth Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Rural Colorado,” Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH research associate, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Denver.
Oct. 1, “Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West,” Daniel P. Aldrich, PhD, associate professor, University Faculty Scholar, Director of Asian Studies, Purdue University. EVENT page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/794071763990772/
Oct. 8, “A Community Revolution: Elevating the Rights of People and Communities Over Corporations,” Thomas Linzey, Esq, executive director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.
Oct. 15, “Legal Issues Surrounding Shale Gas Development,” James O’Reilly, Esq., volunteer professor, College of Law, University of Cincinnati.
Oct. 22, “Unconventional Politics of Unconventional Gas: Policy Challenges,” Andrew Kear, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Department of the Environment and Sustainability, Bowling Green State University.
Oct. 29, “Public Health Impacts of Shale Gas Development: The Role of Nurses,” Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM, director of Programs Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.
Nov. 5, “Solar Photovoltaic Technology,” Clovis Linkous, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, YSU.
Nov. 12, “Wind Power,” Walt Musial, principal engineer, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.