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Mercyhurst speaker to address fracking concerns

Monday, October 5, 2015

Anthony R. Ingraffea

Anthony R. Ingraffea, Ph.D., P.E., senior technical advisor for the Cornell Fracture Group at Cornell University, will shed light on common myths and realities of unconventional natural gas development (hydraulic fracturing/fracking) on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center at Mercyhurst University. The event, which is free and open to the public, is offered on behalf of the Charlene M. Tanner Speaker Series* and the Mercyhurst University Organizational Leadership Graduate Program.

The presentation will explore unconventional natural gas drilling from the perspective of local concerns related to waste production, waste disposal and how this process can result in water contamination. Ingraffea will also discuss how this practice can lead to increased greenhouse gases, which have a negative impact on the planet’s atmosphere.

Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University. He has taught engineering at Cornell since 1977.  As senior technical advisor of the Cornell Fracture Group, he supports the goal of increasing “the standard of living across the globe by enabling better performing, lower cost, and more sustainable technologies.”

Ingraffea shares his expertise by educating the public, policy makers and regulators on technical and environmental issues related to unconventional development of natural gas.  In a recent CBS News article, “Does the natural gas industry need a new messenger?,”  Ingraffea stated that he wishes the gas and oil industry would “tell the whole truth” so that the public could decide their own views of fracking.

“Dr. Ingraffea’s presentation offers insight into how organizations, such as natural gas and oil companies, can develop strategies that positively impact decisions, profit and success,” said Anne Zaphiris, Ph.D., associate professor of organizational leadership. “Currently, the organizational leadership graduate program offers a concentration and certificate in strategy and innovation, which teaches leaders to solve problems in an innovative manner.”

For more information regarding this event, contact Zaphiris at or call 814-824-3382.


*This event is being gifted in memory of Charlene M. Tanner by her loving partner, Doris Cipolla. Because of their shared interests in social justice, peace and the environment, it is hoped that this program will inspire others to help create a healing environment for the world.