Cornell prof presents fracking myths at YSU tonight


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

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