Lafayette College to Host Fracking Symposium Friday and Saturday


Lafayette College to Host Fracking Symposium Friday and SaturdayLafayette College, through its 2014 Roethke Festival, plans to conduct a free public seminar Friday and Saturday that will discuss fracking or hydraulic fracturing, a method used to extract natural gas from shale.

“A Place for Fracking?” starts at 4 p.m. Friday and will feature guess such as David Yoxtheimer, an expert on shale gas development and a geoscientist at Penn State; Lamar Herrin, who authored “Fractures”, a novel about hydraulic fracturing; Abby Kincy, a Troy, NY-based sociologist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Brian Cohen, a photographer who helped develop the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project.

Between 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Herrin will take the audience through “Fractures”, while Cohen will speak about his involvement with the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project and the associated photographs. The Friday meeting will be held at Williams Visual Arts Building at North Third Street in Easton.

“With broad public interest in the Marcellus Shale gas boom and its implications, and a new pipeline proposed for the Lehigh Valley and Hunterdon County, it is crucial to come together to examine the issue from all sides,” Alix Ohlin, an associate professor of English at Lafayette College, told The Morning Call. “The community’s participation in this event could help shape the future of fracking in this region.”

Saturday’s conference will start with a community discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 248N. Third Street, which is across the Williams Visual Arts Building and will be co-hosted by the Nurture Nature Center at Easton. Sandra Steingraber, a notable environmentalist, biologist and author, will deliver the concluding address at 5 p.m. at Oechsle Hall auditorium at Lafayette College, room 224 at Hamilton St. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit

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