Rob Jackson - The Environmental Footprint of Unconventional Gas & Oil

Rob Jackson PosterThe School of Global Environmental Sustainability brings Rob Jackson and his lecture "The Environmental Footprint of Unconventional Natural Gas & Oil" to Colorado State University.

ROB JACKSON: Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University.

Abstract: Unconventional energy generates income and, done well, can reduce air pollution compared to other fossil fuels and even water use. Alternatively, it could slow the adoption of renewables and, done poorly, release toxic chemicals into water and air. For years Rob Jackson's research group has studied drinking water quality, asking the question “Is water quality different for homeowners living near natural gas and oil wells compared to people living farther away?” In his talk, Rob Jackson will answer that question for different chemical components, including stray gases, salts, metals, and organic compounds, presenting new research results and the work of others as evidence. He will also examine issues of air quality, including new results mapping methane leaks from wellpads and natural gas distribution systems.

When: March 24th, 2015, 5pm-6:30pm
Where: Lory Student Center, Grand Ballroom A
Contact: Allison Burford at (970) 492-4215 or


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