MUN to host public forum on fracking

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Live webcast of Corner Brook event will be available

People in the Corner Brook area will have the chance to learn “The Facts About Fracking: An Engineering Perspective” Thursday evening.

Memorial University is presenting the forum, which will also be webcast live, at the Greenwood Inn starting at 7 p.m. It is a presentation from the Harris Centre in conjunction with the Environmental Policy Institute of Grenfell.

Maurice Dusseault, professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Waterloo, and Leslie Anne James, Chevron chair in Petroleum Engineering at Memorial’s faculty of engineering and applied science, are leading the session.

Despite the dangers posed by global warming, humanity’s demand for fossil energy keeps growing, a news release on the forum states. In both the developed and developing worlds, the demand keeps growing for fuel used in transportation, heating and cooling, cooking, manufacturing and other needs. Newly-discovered shale oil and shale gas deposits are lessening the developed world’s dependence on petroleum from volatile geopolitical regions, the release says.

The technology of releasing oil and gas from shale deposits is known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

“While the economic benefits of fracking are well known, there exists much controversy over its social and environmental costs,” the release states. “Fracking has been blamed for poisoning the groundwater, polluting the surface water and the air around wells, siphoning scarce drinking water during the drilling process, and even causing earthquakes.”

The forum will focus on how fracking works and its effects, the risks and mitigating factors that might make it safer for humans and the environment. Also to be discussed is the role of government. There will be a question period.

For more information, or to watch the webcast live, visit

The Western Star

Organizations: Greenwood Inn, Harris Centre, Environmental Policy Institute University of Waterloo

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Western Star

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Recent comments

  • saelcove
    January 28, 2014 - 10:55

    90% of all the drilling for oil in Saskatchewan is done by fracking

    • david
      January 28, 2014 - 13:35

      Hush up! We're going to listen to what the academic from Ontario (the one who came to Newfoundland and gave the exact same talk on June 10, 2013) has to repeat...errr, say. The pace of progress we're making on this is incredible! I think once he comes here another 6 or 8 times, we should really get his point. 2018 would be nice.

  • Wild Rose
    January 28, 2014 - 07:41

    Just what we need more scientists talking non sense and university enviro mental cases. And I bet they drive cars to.