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Cornell prof presents fracking myths at YSU tonight



Published: Wed, November 7, 2012 @ 10:38 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

A Cornell University professor well known for his stance against shale gas development presented myths about the industry Wednesday night.

For any myth to exist there has to be some kernel of truth, Anthony R. Ingraffea, a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering, told an audience at Youngstown State University. One of those myths is that the process used in developing shale has been around for decades.

“The current technology used for developing shale has only been around for about five years,” he said.

In addition, he said, “You can’t go to Pennsylvania to see what is going to happen. If you want to see what development is going to look like you have to go to Texas.”

His work, however, has been challenged by the oil and gas industry and other experts within his own university.

Lawrence Cathles, professor of earth and atmospheric studies, at Cornell said For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.


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1NoBS(1963 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

From the story: "For any myth to exist there has to be some kernel of truth, Anthony R. Ingraffea, a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering, told an audience ..."

Well, he's wrong already. There's a myth that in the winter, the sap in trees goes down into the roots, which is why the leaves fall off. There's no "kernel of truth" in that. There are lots of myths that are complete bunkum.

"“The current technology used for developing shale has only been around for about five years,” he said."

He's wrong. Horizontal slickwater fracturing has been around since 1998. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrauli...

"His work, however, has been challenged by the oil and gas industry and other experts within his own university."

I have no doubt of that. He's so far off the mark, and so easily proven wrong, only those already drinking the kool-aid would even give him the time of day. I hope YSU can get their money back. This guy's nothing but a quack.

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