Michele Morrone

Michele Morrone

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Professor Michele Morrone to host fracking discussion on Wednesday

Michele Morrone, an Ohio University associate professor of social and public health, will discuss hydraulic fracking at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

In this Science Café Conversation titled, "The Science? Of Fracking," Morrone will focus on the current state of the science related to the public health impacts with hydraulic fracturing.

Specifically, she will explore public discourse related to the environmental and public heath consequences of hydraulic fracturing in the context of scientific uncertainty.

"The case of fracking is an example of the importance and limitations of science in framing discussion about policy related to environmental health issues," said Morrone.

Morrone said she will ask audience members their thoughts on the safety of hydraulic fracking.

She will ask if they will believe that there have been more than 1,000 documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling as well as cases of sensory, respiratory and neurological damage due to ingested contaminated water. Also will they believe that in the end, hydraulic fracking produces approximately 300,000 barrels of natural gas a day, but at the price of numerous environmental, safety, and health hazards.

She will also ask her audience members if they believe that hydraulic fracking has safely extracted gas without any confirmed cases of water contamination?

Morrone will explore these two different viewpoints at the presentation.

Science Cafés are free venues for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a
friendly setting.