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June 20, 2012
By National Ground Water Association

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June 20, 2012, Westerville, OH – The National
Ground Water Association is holding a one-day forum entitled “Hydraulic
Fracturing: Scientific and Technical Approaches to Protect Groundwater”
on June 27 in Columbus, OH.

June 20, 2012, Westerville, OH – The National
Ground Water Association is holding a one-day forum entitled “Hydraulic
Fracturing: Scientific and Technical Approaches to Protect Groundwater”
on June 27 in Columbus, OH.

With fracking, some believe the promise of greater energy
independence, job growth, and affordable energy supplies locked away in
the Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, and Eagle Ford Shale formations
overshadow other concerns. Others contend the potential, or perceived
potential, for environmental or public health damage is too great a risk
to take. Misunderstanding and miscommunication cloud the discussion
further.

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This forum will bring together experts to
examine and discuss scientific and technical issues regarding hydraulic
fracturing including groundwater protection and the potential for
impacts to drinking water supplies.

Speakers and presenters include staff from
the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio
Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Mineral Resources
Management, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural
Resources, Kentucky Division of Fossil Energy Development, CH2M Hill,
and AECOM, among others. Presentations include:

  • Hydrogeology of the Appalachian Basin Shale Plays
  • What Every Groundwater Professional Needs to Know About Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Studies
  • Groundwater Baseline Testing Prior to New Shale Development Activities
  • Groundwater Quality in the Marcellus Shale Play of Pennsylvania from Extensive Predrill Sampling
  • Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing: State Perspectives
  • Casing Integrity and Cementing: Why They Matter
  • How Water Quality Monitoring near Hydraulic Fracturing Sites Improves Operational Performance
  • Microseismic Imaging and Geomechanical Modeling for Fluid Injections and Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Management
  • The Use of Absorbent Glass to Recycle Produced Water and Avoid Class II Injection.

Click here to learn more about this forum or call 800-551-7379.