April 2014

Greg Easson (University of Mississippi): Energy Production in Mississippi through Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic Fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of enhancing the characteristics of an oil and/or gas well to increase production. While hydraulic fracturing is not a new process, advances in technology have made it possible to drill horizontal wells through previously unproductive geologic units and fracture the rock to economically produce the energy resources. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking has received considerable news coverage of late as concerns about water use, contamination from produced water, earthquakes, and other concerns. The presentation will include a discussion of drilling and hydraulic fracturing history, environmental issues associated with the processes, water use issues, and a discussion of activities in southwest Mississippi.

April 15, 2014, Lusa Pastry Café, 6pm - 7pm.