Natalie Kruse Daniels. Photo credit: Emily Mueting/Ohio University.
Fracking and injection wells are hot-button topics that are cause for concern for many local residents, but this is not the first time this region has dealt with environmental concerns. Coal mining, iron mining and brickworks are the backbone of southeast Ohio. Because these activities occurred prior to most environmental regulations, the impact of these industries is still felt.
Natalie Kruse Daniels, an Ohio University associate professor of environmental studies, explains that when we mine coal, we expose minerals that used to be buried deep underground. These exposed minerals create a metal-rich acidic discharge that can be washed into streams.
“We hear a lot in the media about how environmental regulations and laws affect business, but when you don’t have regulation on these industries, the impact can be enormous,” she says. “We have to realize we live in a pretty clean environment because we regulate these industries.”
Join Kruse Daniels for her Science Café talk about the region’s history of mining and the environmental impact, “The Mining Legacy of Southeast Ohio: Learning from Past Mistakes,” at 5 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 3 in the Baker Center Front Room.
Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff, and the Athens community. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions will win a free t-shirt.
The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.
Learn more! Watch the new 1-minute Café Series video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IBC6nS4Ag
For a link to the live stream of the event and for a full schedule of fall semester speakers, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe