TEDX podcast: Unconventional vs conventional oil and gas extraction: what’s the difference?

December 10, 2018

oil and gas drilling, public health

Extraction Oil & Gas — Coyote Trails Well Pad

Think you know everything there is to know about fracking?

Think again.

In the past 4 years the oil & gas industry has learned how to maximize profits and minimize costs by scaling up. As a result, fracking one well now consumes 10 to 20 million gallons of water, 10,000 tons of sand, plus more and more chemicals.

Dr. Tony Ingraffea explains how fracking has evolved over the past 20 years, increasing the risks to human health and safety.

The latest TEDX podcast asks

Unconventional vs conventional oil and gas extraction: what’s the difference?


Episode 13:  Dr. Tony Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, at Cornell University, explains how unconventional extraction is all about scale — more wells, more chemicals, more sand, more emissions, more waste. This greatly increases the risk of environmental pollution and health impacts. He suggests starting with the facts to effectively educate stakeholders and decision makers.

Click here to listen to the 17-minute podcast

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