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- Covering Hydraulic Fracking and Its Impact on Economy and Environment
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- Originally Broadcast On:
- July 17, 2014
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- One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.
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Advances in hydraulic fracturing and drilling technology have allowed energy companies to access vast deposits of crude oil and natural gas, leading to one of the most significant energy booms in U.S. history.
In this Webinar, you will become more comfortable with "fracking" terms and facts, get story ideas, and learn where to find new sources.
Find out why “fracking” has become big news in recent years, with cities in oil and gas fields experiencing a boom along with it. This has boosted the local economy and led to the creation of new jobs. But all the production comes with environmental consequences, pitting concerned residents against the full might of the oil and gas industry.
What Will I Learn:
- What hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is and how it works
- How fracking has led to the current oil and gas boom, and what it means for local economies
The environmental impacts of fracking: What we know, what we don’t and why it matters
How local communities seeing oil and gas development for the first time are dealing with the boom, both legally and socially
Who Should Take this Course:
Anyone who covers a region affected by oil and gas development and production or is interested in fracking’s environmental consequences and its contribution to economic boom and bust, and energy independence.
Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central, focusing on energy and climate change. Prior to joining Climate Central, Bobby covered Western energy and environmental issues as a freelance writer for Popular Mechanics and as an award-winning reporter for the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction, Colorado.
His work has appeared in USA Today, High Country News, NewWest.net and other publications.
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