FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development.

The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas development will provide a measured, honest exploration of this controversial topic. Each presenter will be scrupulous about acknowledging areas of uncertainty (“What We Don’t Know”), and emphasizing open questions that require careful deliberation. Throughout the series, CU historian Patty Limerick will act as moderator. Recognizing that many members of the audience will hold strong opinions, we look forward to honest – and civil and respectful – discussions of a crucially important topic.

Susans’ PowerPoint can be found as a pdf here.

Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts.


March 5, 2013
Susan Tierney
Unconventional Natural Gas: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges with America’s New Energy Resource


March 12, 2013
Reagan Waskom
Water for Energy: How much does it take? How much will we need?


March 19, 2013
Charles Davis
The Politics of Fracking




March 26, 2013 No event – Spring Break


April 2, 2013
Kirby Wynn
Garfield County’s Lessons Learned about Oil and Gas Development: Building Relationships with Industry and the Community to Effectively Address Citizen Concerns



April 9, 2013 No Event – Conference on World Affairs


April 16, 2013
Joe Ryan
What Do We Know and Not Know about the Risk of Oil and Natural Gas Development to Our Water Supplies


April 23, 2013
Jana Milford
Atmospheric Perspectives on Oil and Gas Operations


April 23, 2013
Gabrielle Pétron
Atmospheric Perspectives on Oil and Gas Operations


Gov. John Hickenlooper

May 2, 2013
Gov. John Hickenlooper
Natural Gas Development in Colorado


May 14, 2013
Dan Grossman
EDF – An Environmental Perspective


May 21, 2013
Bernie Goldstein
Does Living Near Hydrofracturing Activity Put Our Health at Risk?