Hydraulic Fracturing 101: Clearing the Waters of the Fracking Debate
This talk is part of a Thursday morning series, hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, titled Energy, Environment, Water: Managing the Interdependencies for our Grandchildren and Beyond. It will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. Click here to see the full brochure.
About Energy, Environment, Water: Managing the Interdependencies for our Grandchildren and Beyond
Can we generate enough clean energy, and will there be enough clean water, to ensure a high quality of life in the future for all, if everyone in the world wants to live the way we do in the U.S.? This series will cover energy technologies (opportunities and challenges in energy); recent growth in use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to coax oil and gas out of the ground; implementing energy efficient technologies; transportation, an essential in providing physical connections, giving us access to goods, services, and each other – at increasingly greater speeds; and world-wide water resources. The grand challenge of our time is providing clean, sustainable, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy for everyone.
Brian R. Ellis, Ph.D.
Dr. Ellis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Michigan. His research interests cover topics related to the sustainable and safe development of energy technologies including geological storage of CO2 and hydraulic fracturing of unconventional oil/gas reservoirs. His group is currently investigating leaching of trace toxic metals and radionuclides from shales in contact with hydraulic fracturing fluids. Dr. Ellis received a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University (2012). Recent growth in the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas from unconventional reservoirs promises to change America’s energy future. yet the scale and rate at which this technology is being applied is simultaneously raising concerns about its impact on the environment and public health. This presentation will introduce the fundamentals behind hydraulic fracturing, discuss how this completion technology is altering the national energy landscape and examine current activity specific to the state of Michigan.