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Hydraulic fracturing is topic at June 10 Café Scientifique in Menlo Park

by Contributed Content on June 9, 2014

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Can Hydraulic Fracturing Provide a Bridge to a Green Energy Future” is the topic that will be addressed by Dr. Mark D. Zoback, Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, at Café Scientifique on Tuesday, June 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

The proven ability for horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing to produce large quantities of oil and gas from geologic formations with extremely low permeability is changing the energy picture in many parts of the world. In this talk, Dr. Zoback will discuss the promise of recovering vast new quantities of natural gas (and oil) and steps that can be taken to assure such resources are developed in an environmentally responsible manner.

Topics to be covered include how horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing are carried out, proper well construction methods to avoid contamination of groundwater, and minimizing the risk associated with earthquakes triggered by waste water injection.

The talk will take place at SRI International, Menlo Park, CA—International Building (Middlefield Road at Ringwood Avenue). Follow signs to event or Conference Center parking. Please do not park at SRI’s main entrance (333 Ravenswood Avenue).

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