Science Night drills into Pros & Cons of Fracking
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Science Night series drills deep Wednesday, Feb. 13, to unearth "The Pros and Cons of "Fracking." Presented by UW-Parkside Emeritus Geology Professor James Shea, this examination of energy exploration vs. potential environment damage begins at 7 p.m. in room 103 of Greenquist Hall on the campus at 900 Wood Rd., Kenosha. Attendees can win tickets to a Milwaukee Bucks basketball game courtesy of Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Fracking is a technique used to release petroleum, natural gas, and other substances for extraction. The practice has been linked to groundwater contamination and the release of gases that affect the earth's atmosphere.
"During this program, we will describe the technology of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing and their effect on natural gas and oil production in the U.S.," Dr. Shea said. "We'll also discuss environmental problems associated with these new technologies and comment on their impact on global warming."
The recipient of two degrees from UW-Madison and a doctorate from the University of Illinois, Dr. Shea taught at UW-Parkside from 1967 until his retirement in 2000. Early in his career, he worked as an exploration geologist for Texaco and he edited the Journal of Geoscience Education for 26 years.
Science Night attendees can enter a free drawing to win a pair of tickets to a Milwaukee Bucks game. The tickets are provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, which sponsors the Science Night series.
"The Pros and Cons of "Fracking" with Emeritus Geology Professor James Shea, is free and open to the public. High school and middle school students and faculty with an interest in math and science are encouraged to attend. Admission is free and parking in the Student Center lot is free after 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.For more information, call 262-595-2172.