February 4, 2014

Experts Continue Fracking Debate

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A panel of professors, energy industry members and activists disputed the issue of repealing a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” at a Forensics Society debate sponsored by Cornell Tuesday.

The six speakers who participated in the panel – Prof. Anthony Ingraffea, civil and environmental engineering, Prof. Sandra Steingraber, environmental studies and science, Ithaca College, and John Conrad, owner of Conrad Geoscience and a member of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, among other industry experts —weighed the positive and negative consequences of fracking on public health, the local economy and global climate change.

Scientists, activists and industry insiders during a public debate hosted by the Cornell Forensic Society Tuesday, address the effects of fracking on human health and the environment. (Sonya Ryu / Sun Staff Photographer)