The specter of natural gas development impacting local groundwater first entered public consciousness with the events that occurred around Dimock, PA in 2008. Eight years later, as the final lawsuit is being resolved, various “versions” of the events of Dimock have entered into the international discourse on fracking.
But what actually happened in Dimock? What should the shale gas industry have learned from the Dimock experience? Why did the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issue a consent order to the state’s largest natural gas developer in May 2015 with an 8.9 million dollar fine? What other groundwater pollution incidents have occurred with the development of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus resource?
This session by expert speaker Bruce Beaver will report on peer-reviewed publications and other publicly available documents detailing all of the events described above.
Who should attend?
Bruce Beaver is Professor of Chemistry at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. His research interests include all aspects of hydrocarbon fuel (gasoline, jet, and diesel) oxidation. After receiving a doctorate in Organic Chemistry (UMASS/Amherst, with W. E. McEwen) Bruce was introduced to the fascinating field of fuel o... More info