Drilling into the Science of the Marcellus Shale – Event Oct 6

Posted on September 19, 2011 by


Science 2011 is the University of Pittsburgh’s annual science and technology showcase. It’s free and open to the public, but most of the talks are pretty academic and only recommended for the enthusiastic. A possible exception might be the ‘Lunch and Learn’ session entitled Drilling into the Science of the Marcellus Shale, which will be a discussion led by two Pitt professors who are charmingly referred to as the ‘Discussants.’

The professors, who are both chairs of their departments, will be William Harbert, a geophysicist that works on carbon sequestration and Radisav Vidic, an environmental engineer who is studying ways to dispose of the polluted drainage water from abandoned coal mines by using it during for hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) extraction of gas from the Marcellus Shale.

I don’t really know what to expect from this event, but I’ll be there, ready to lunch and learn, at:

1pm, Thursday, 6 October

Science Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

Alumni Hall (in Oakland, on Fifth Ave between Lytton and Tennyson)