By Cris McConkey. On January 14, 2011, I traveled to Laporte, Pa to document a forum entitled “The Cumulative Environmental Effects of Gas Drilling” with Penn State Geologist Terry Engelder, who fame or notoriety was his estimate of vast reserves of recoverable gas in the Marcellus shale, and Cornell Civil Engineer Tony Ingraffea, who as an expert on fracture mechanics and who previously worker for Slumburger. ;Sponsored by Protect Eagles Mere Alliance and Responsible Drilling Alliance, this was a much anticipated event as Engelder and Ingraffea had previously been academic collaborators but now stand on opposite sides of the fracking controversy. I, however, was intrigued by the location on Route 42 in the Endless Mountains, and proximity to Eagles Mere Park and Lake.
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