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The Lycoming College Clean Water Institute and the Responsible Drilling Alliance will co-sponsor a discussion on Marcellus Gas Drilling on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the College's Academic Center D-001. Geologists Dr. Michel C. Boufadel and Dr. Anthony Ingraffea will be presenting their perspectives on drilling issues as they discuss hydrofracking.
Hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, is a process that results in the creation of fractures in rocks in order to increase the output of a well. The technique is most commonly used to stimulate gas wells and increases or restores the rate at which the gas can be produced from a reservoir, whether from a traditional or more unusual source, such as shale rock or coal beds.
Boufadel is a professor and chair of Temple's civil and environmental engineering department. Boufadel is concerned with the environmental impact of oil drilling. In the height of this year's BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, he used computers to guide responders trying to contain the spill.
Ingraffea, in addition to being a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a member of the Cornell Fracture Group. Comprised of faculty, research associates and graduate students, the mission of the group is to create, verify and validate computational simulation systems for fracture control in engineered systems. Ingraffea's research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.