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June 4, 2012
Alex Demas 703-648-4421

Media Advisory: USGS to Host Congressional Briefing: Hydraulic Fracturing - The State of the Science

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Hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting wells with water, sand, and chemicals at very high pressure to enable oil and natural gas production. These "unconventional" resources pose both opportunities and challenges. Join us to learn how USGS and its partners provide information so policy makers and resource managers can make decisions based on sound science.

  • Brenda Pierce - Program Coordinator, Energy Resources Program - U.S. Geological Survey
  • Bill Leith - Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards - U.S. Geological Survey
  • Rick Hammack - Coordinator, Natural Systems Monitoring - DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory
Emcee: Harvey Thorleifson - President-elect of the Association of American State Geologists
Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325
Washington, D.C.
When: Friday, June 8, 2012
10:00 a.m.
Sponsor: Congressmen Gerry Connolly
Host: Refreshments provided courtesy of American Geophysical Union (AGU)

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