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Published on Apr 3, 2012
Video by Cris McConkey. "Unconventional Gas Development from Shale: Myths and Realities Related to Human Health Impacts". Keynote address by Anthony Ingraffea at Marcellus Shale Exposed, held March 17, 2012 at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. In his presentation, Dr. Ingraffea decimates four myths central to the shale gas industry: (1) Fracing is a 60-year old, well-proven technology; (2) Fluid Migration from faulty wells is a rare phenomenon; (3) The use of multi-well pads and cluster drilling reduces surface impacts; and (4) Natural Gas is a clean fossil fuel. This video is in three parts. The first part deals largely with well integrity, or lack there-of due to inevitible cement failures and human health impacts The second part deals with methane emissions from the shale-gas industry, and the imperative of reducing this powerful greenhouse gas immediately. The last part is the Q and A, Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell and a co-founder of Physicians, Scientists Engineers for Sustainable and Healthy Energy. His research and modelling of hydraulic fracturing, funded by Schlumberger, have been foundational.