A manager in the Fossil Energy Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will discuss the environment and hydraulic fracturing, often referred to as “fracking,” during a Monday meeting.
Joanna McFarlane, who has a doctorate, is a manager for the RPSEA (Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America) and Environmentally Friendly Drilling in the Fossil Energy Program at ORNL.
She will give a presentation on “Hydraulic Fracturing and the Environment” during a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 26. It’s a luncheon meeting of the AAUW Oak Ridge Branch. The group will meet in the Activities Building of First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Lafayette Drive.
McFarlane will discuss environmental concerns that “have been raised about the large-scale extraction of hydrocarbons in the current effort to increase access to oil and gas in shales in an effort to find new areas for production of oil and gas,” a press release said. “Dr. McFarlane will describe recent findings on the impacts on water use and groundwater contamination, airborne emissions, and land use changes.”
The public is invited to hear McFarlane speak at noon Monday, and to attend the luncheon, catered by the Soup Kitchen at 11:30 a.m. The cost of the luncheon of soup, sandwiches, and desserts is $8. Reservations may be made by calling Marge Congdon at (865) 483-3120 or Mary Uziel at (865) 483-1043, although they were supposed to be made before Thursday, January 22.
AAUW members are reminded to bring donations of paper products, laundry products, and other items that cannot be purchased with food stamps to be given to ADFAC (Aid to Distressed Families of Anderson County).
AAUW (American Association of University of Women) has as its mission the advancement of equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Men, as well as women, are invited to become members, the press release said.