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Breakfast Lecture: The Science of Hydraulic Fracturing and Lessons for Colorado

October 7, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Oil and gas development in Colorado has become the source of many contentious policy debates in recent years. These debates often center on the potential risks and benefits associated with oil and gas development, including the use of hydraulic fracturing to access oil and gas resources, and the increased supply of fossil fuels made available by hydraulic fracturing.

Across these debates, questions about the status of the science of the costs and benefits of oil and gas development arise. A panel of University of Colorado researchers from the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network will explore questions such as:

  • What do we know about the health effects and safety of oil and gas development?
  • What is the current research on the air and water quality effects of oil and gas production?
  • How are local communities and industry interacting and working together to address potential risks?
  • What lessons might the current research suggest for policy and governance in Colorado?


  • Jana Milford, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
  • John L. Adgate, PhD, MSPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health
  • Harihar Rajaram, Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Kathryn Mutz, Attorney and Director of the Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP (Best Management Practices) Project
  • Owen Sherwood, Research Associate, Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado Boulder

Moderators: Professors Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible, CU Denver School of Public Affairs

When: 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Where: Terrace Room (2nd floor), 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver (map)
Admission: Free, but space is limited! Breakfast will be served.

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October 7, 2016
7:30 am - 9:00 am