Fractured: A Public Discussion on Fracking and the Environment

Location: James Simpson Theater, Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

An afternoon discussion of fracking and its environmental impacts kicks off a year-long series of events on Global Energies.

Hydraulic Fracturing or "fracking" has transformed America's energy landscape. This newly developed extraction l allows companies to access oil and gas trapped in shale rock and other unconventional geologic formations. However, fracking's impact on water safety, the environment, and the climate have raised grave concerns about its sustainability.

Join us for an afternoon discussion of fracking and its environmental impacts.

Featured presenters include Terry Evans, photographer of "Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom" (currently on exhibit at the Field), Magaret MacDonell from the Argonne National Laboratory , Rob Jackson from Duke University, Alaka Wali from the Field Museum, and Mike Ziri from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The event will be moderated by Mark Lycett, Director of the University of Chicago Program on the Global Environment and Interim Director of the Center for International Studies.

NOTE: Please enter the Simpson Theater through the West Door of the Field Museum — entrance is free for the lecture only, and does not include admission to the museum galleries. All other access to the museum requires regular paid admission. A free shuttle bus (first come, first served) will leave from the University of Chicago campus in front of Pick Hall at 11:15am and return to that location after the event.

Cosponsored by the Center for International Studies, the Program on the Global Environment, and the Field Museum.