Dr. Anthony Ingraffea Separates Marcellus Myth from Reality

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It can be hard to figure out the facts when it comes to the contentious topic of Marcellus Shale drilling. Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, a professor of engineering at Cornell University, has done research and development for the oil and gas industry for 25 years. Last night he tried to separate myth from reality when it comes to hydraulic fracturing in a talk sponsored by the Sierra Club and Penn State Eco-Action on the Penn State University Park campus. WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with him earlier in the day yesterday.


Richard Brown
Ann Arbor, MI
May 13, 2011

I was very pleased to have had the opportunity to attend Professor Ingraffea’s presentation at Penn State the other evening.  I found the presentation to be not only very interesting but also extremely informative.

As a graduate of Penn State and now as a resident of Michigan where leasing has been taking place and horizontal drilling / hydraulic fracturing for shale gas has begun, it is very helpful to learn from the experience of others where the process has been going on for several years in order to better understand what we, in Michigan, should do to prevent or at least minimize the adverse environmental impacts of this process.

And thank you for the recordings of the interview and Professor Ingraffea’s lecture.

Carbon Black
Jun 28, 2011

Let me get this straight, you have Terry Engelder who probably knows Marcellus Shale better than anyone in the country right there in town, and you import a guy who is clearly anti-natural gas?  Perhaps because his views suit your pre-existing beliefs?

Keith D
Brockway, PA
Sep 01, 2011

@Carbon Black, WPSU is simply trying to maintain balanced coverage of the Marcellus shale issue, as they should be.

They have previously interviewed Dr. Engelder (see WPSU’s Pennsylvania Inside Out: Gas Exploration in Pennsylvania), where he was able to present his side.

This interview of Dr. Ingraffea allows another expert in the field to present his side.

If you want to see the two professors go ‘head-to-head’ per se, in a professional manner, look for the YouTube video where they both presented on Jan. 14th, 2011 at Laporte High School.

Sep 04, 2011

Professor Ingraffea’s discussion is very informative.  I would like to hear him go more in depth about the water that is used in hydrofracking.  More specifically, not the amount of water that is recovered which is important but exactly where is the waste water channeled.  My understanding is that hydrofracking waste water is returned to the local community waste water system.  While community waste water systems are able to handle bacterial infestations and most parasites.  Waste water treatment does nothing for radon.  Please address the radon levels that are increasing in the local water systems.

John Trallo
Sullivan County, PA
Nov 29, 2012

*Carbon Black - You nmay, or may not be aware, that Dr. Ingraffea and Dr. Engelder have collabortaed in the past, and as far as the impact of unconventional shale drilling, do not hugely disagree. Dr. Engelder has publcly admitted that there is going to be a significant environmental impact and refers to areas of gas drillng as “Sacrifice Zones”. Watch this presentation/debate between Engelder and Ingraffea and hear it for yourself in his own words.  http://shaleshockmedia.org/2011/01/30/1-intro-cumulative-environmental-effects-of-gas-drilling/

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