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October 11, 2012 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Welcome Center Auditorium | Map
42 W. Warren
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President of Research is pleased to host the Water@Wayne Seminar on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center Auditorium.   The speaker will be Harold Fitch, Director, Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  Hal did his graduate work in hydrology at the University of Arizona and has been with the OOGM since 1974. 

The title of the seminar is:  "Hydraulic Fracturing - The Facts Behind the Controversy".  Oil and gas production from shale is rapidly expanding in the U.S. and other parts of the world.  Development of these hydrocarbon reserves relies on hydraulic fracturing, often in conjunction with horizontal driling.  The purpose of both of these technologies is to increase hydraulic communication between the reservoir rock and the well bore.  In this presentation, Hal describes the hydraulic fracturing process, the challenges and the regulatory safeguards.

A small reception will immediately follow the seminar 3:30-4:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center Lobby.

Please note:  Parking is available in Parking Structure #6 (on Putnam between Cass and Woodward) in the visitors section.  Bring your parking ticket to the seminar registration desk in the Welcome Center to be validated.

For more information about this event, please contact Kathy Spanos at 313-577-3783 or fa5387@wayne.edu.