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World Affairs Council Hosts CATA Students

Some of the AP Environmental students take a break from lunch to pose for a picture.

If you are enjoying the lower gas prices at the pump, that is partly due to fracking. Hydraulic Fracking for oil and natural gas involves drilling a well around 2 miles deep into shale rock and turning that well horizontal for another two miles. A mix of fresh water, chemicals and sand is then pumped into the well at extreme pressures. This breaks or fractures the rock allowing natural gas and oil to rise to the surface.

The United States has been extremely successful using this technology over the past decade. Ms. Kopchick’s AP Environmental Science students were invited to a luncheon with Russell Gold, author of Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Russell Gold is the senior energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

He is responsible for covering all facets of global energy with a particular focus on the U.S. energy boom and the use of hydraulic fracturing. His writings appear regularly in the print and on-line editions of The Wall Street Journal. The luncheon was hosted by The World Affairs Council of Charlotte.

As with many technologies, fracking has pros and cons. Mr. Gold addressed many concerns after his presentation with a question and answer session with students. Questions ranged from how fracking could affect the geopolitical climate around the world to the contamination of local aquifers.

Emma Marvel commented, “This was a very enjoyable and educational field trip. We learned about the pros and cons of fracking. We were exposed to a very professional environment that helped further our educational experience.” Students were very interested in learning about fracking since North Carolina has just passed legislature allowing fracking permits.

Fracking brings in a lot of money to local economies and helps provide energy independence for the United States. Students also want to be assured that it is a safe technology.

Hydraulic Fracking is a major environmental issue in America today. By attending the presentation, students are able to participate in a very relevant topic and help educate others. “This was a once in a lifetime experience that the World Affairs Council provided us. I feel better informed about natural gas fracking.” said Ryan Rognstad. Here is a link to the podcast with Russell Gold. http://wfae.org/post/fracking-boom

Podium and speakers CATA students

Table of CATA students

Written by: Kortney Kopchick, Science teacher
Posted: Feb 10, 2015 by Deb Christensen

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