“Fracking: Promise or Peril?” Forum to be held at Kent State University

Anne Dudley Published:

The School of Communication Studies at Kent State University is proud to its first annual Global Communication Issues Forum, Fracking: Promise or Peril, featuring Dimiter Kenarov, a Pulitzer Center journalist on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the KIVA Auditorium on the Kent State campus. This inaugural event examines the practice of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from the earth.

The event will feature a recent reporting project by Kenarov on natural gas extraction in Poland, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mitch McKenney, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State. The forum is free and open to the public.

Panel representatives include:

Dimiter Kenarov, Pulitzer Center journalist specializing in natural gas extraction in Poland He is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey, and a contributing editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review. His work has also appeared in Esquire, Outside, The Nation, the International Herald Tribune, and others, and has been twice anthologized in "The Best American Travel Writing." He is currently working on a book-length project about the Black Sea.

Bob Downing has served at the Akron Beacon Journal for more than 40 years and writes for the Ohio Utica Shale blog for the Beacon Journal. Downing covers the environment, parks and the outdoors. His reporting has examined several environmental issues in Ohio including ozone and soot problems, landfills, toxic waste, Superfund sites, brownfields, wetland preservation and other topics.

Donald Palmer, Ph.D. emeritus professor of Geology at Kent State University, has an extensive academic career in the Geological Sciences, with research focusing on geophysics. Palmer’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Yoram Eckstein, Ph.D. is a professor of Geology and Hydrogeology at Kent State University with extensive research in hydrology, focusing on modeling ground water flow and transport. Eckstein has served as a consultant for numerous hydrogeological projects.

The KIVA is located on Risman Drive, near the Kent State Student Center on Summit Street in Kent, Ohio. Paid parking is available.

As the first of its annual Global Communication Issues Forum future discussions will center on the global effect of a topic, such as natural gas extraction, and how consumers and the media communicate about the practice.

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  • JustaThought added nothing at all to this conservation, and instead decided to insult a Gadd by calling him names. My dear old Mom always said that you can tell when someone has nothing to add to a conversation nor has much sense when they swear or insult the other people. JustaThought's personal attacks are an example of that.

  • isn't getting away with it is he? and this will in turn show others they do not want to be trying it either. They will get caught and they will pay the price. it simply wont be worth taking the chance for them. Our State has strict laws and they are enforced!

  • Then there is the thing about Hardrock Excavating dumping upwards of 250,000 gallons of fluid into storm sewers that had to be dug out of the riverbed. So you see it isn't just the temporary "inconvenience" of the drilling operation, or fractured well casings and confinement potentially ruining water and the land, it's also safely disposing of the waste from the drilling operations. Wash fluid from waste tanks ends up getting dumped into storm sewers that ends up in the river which we then eat and drink from, is there anyone thats OK with that? And if dumping of waste directly into the environment (or earthquakes from injecting the fluids into wells) doesn't bother you, or you're incapable of seeing the impact of such actions, then you're not responsible or smart enough to have a voice in this conversation.

  • Tar and Feathering should be brought back for purveyors of untruths such as these anti-fracking groups.

  • Fracking has not been Fracking has not been proven (beyond reasonable doubt) to kill anything. Fracking is almost as safe as the Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon well.

  • Pleas support anti-Fracking groups. They need your help. They may be saving your life and your world.

  • Caveat: Beware of name-calling, grammar deficient, "OUT RIGHTers" who gave us truths like Chernobyl, Agent Orange, DDT, thalidomide, Three Mile Island, extermination camps, global warming, and now Fracking. Isn’t it true that those that favor Fracking are only those who profit?

  • gadd, your the perfect example of everything that's wrong with the anti-fracking groups. Your a dope and your certainly not above using out right lies to further your cause.

  • Myopic Portage Commissioners and apathetic RTown Trustees should stop ignoring Frackophiles the Fracking imprecations. . The RTown well has depleted property values, polluted with 24/7 noise, blanketed ground level ozone, leaking condensate tanks, flaring air pollution, rumbling trucks and underground waste chambers, No one knows how long it will take the injected poisonous chemicals to leach into our water aquifers, toxic ozone to saturate to killing levels, or why our politicians have not followed the example of other communities with Fracking regulations. The ODNR doesn’t care about locals. We must enact safeguarding zoning and taxes and then enforce with more than helpless winks. The RTown well arguably has contributed to scores of road-kill, one motorcyclist death and dozens of ill residents unable to sleep for the day & night deafening interruptions. .