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Dr. Tony Ingraffea

Unconventional Development of Gas From Shale Using Fracking

Anthony R Ingraffea holds the prestigious title of Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering in Cornell University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He has taught structural mechanics, finite element methods, and fracture mechanics at Cornell since 1977.  In 2005, Dr. Ingraffea was designated a Cornell University Fellow

Dr. Ingraffea’s research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes. He and his students performed pioneering research in the use of interactive computer graphics in computational mechanics. He has authored with his students over 200 papers in these areas.

Professor Ingraffea has received numerous awards his outstanding teaching at Cornell.  He has been a leader in the use of workstations and information technology in engineering education.  He organized and was the first Director of the NSF-supported, $15M Synthesis National Engineering Education Coalition, a team of eight diverse engineering colleges.

He was named Co-Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics in 2005, received the ASTM Irwin Award for meritorious contributions to the practice of fracture mechanics in 2006, and was named a Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture in 2009. In 2011, TIME Magazine named him one of its “People Who Mattered”.

The Cornell Fracture Group members include Prof. Tony Ingraffea, research associates, and graduate students. The mission of the Cornell Fracture Group is to create, to verify, and to validate computational simulation systems for fracture control in engineered systems. An equally important focus of the group is education at all levels.  Current and past research has focused on both experimental testing and numerical simulation of fatigue and fracture in a variety of materials.

Dr. Ingraffea received his Ph D in Civil Engineering in 1977 from the University of Colorado.  To extend the benefit of his expertise in research and teaching, Dr. Ingraffea provides informal education to the public, policy makers, and regulators on technical issues related to unconventional development of nature gas.  A complete biography of Dr. Ingraffea can be read here.


Dr. Geoffrey Thyne


Fracking and research

Geoffrey Thyne is the author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and he has made numerous professional presentations. Geoff began his career in the earth sciences in 1979 as a Research Geochemist at the Arco Oil and Gas research facility in Plano, Texas. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Wyoming in 1991, and taught at California State University-Bakersfield for the department of Physics and Geology until 1996.  He then joined the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado where many of his projects involved impacts of extractive industries on water resources.  He returned to the University of Wyoming in 2006 where his work with the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) focused on carbon sequestration and enhanced oil recovery.  Geoff left EORI in 2012 and returned to the private sector. He currently works as Principal Geochemist at Science Based Solutions LLC in Laramie, WY.


Organizing Your Community

Find out how you can help organize your community to help protect your health, safety and property values from the dangers of fracking.

Sam Schabacker, Food & Water Watch
Sam Schabacker is the Mountain West Region Director. He organizes with local communities throughout the Western U.S. as they strive for water sustainability and justice. Before working at FWW, he was a national student organizer — working with groups around the country who were pushing their universities to implement socially, economically, and environmentally just practices. In addition, he has organized extensively around electoral politics, labor, and U.S. foreign policy issues, and has employed everything from conferences to rallies to street theater in order advance these campaigns.

Health Ramifications of Water and Air Quality

Learn how fracking affects the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Phil Doe, Be The Change
Phil Doe has been fighting for Colorado’s water for most of his adult life.  He served as Bureau Chief and Environmental Compliance Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of Interior and was featured as a whistleblower on 60 Minutes. A former professor of English literature, he has published op-ed features in Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Colorado Central Magazine, and Counterpunch. His past grassroots efforts opposed the Animas-La Plata water project in southwest Colorado.  He is a registered citizen lobbyist at the State Capitol and testifies at the federal and state legislative level on natural resource issues. He serves on the board of the grassroots group, Be the Change, and directs their environmental issues program, with a current focus on horizontal hydrofracking.
Wes Wilson, Retired EPA whistleblower

Wes Wilson, the environmental engineer and Vietnam veteran who was featured in “Gasland” and “Split Estate,” worked 35 years for the EPA.  He holds a B.S. in geological engineering and an M.S. in water resources, both from the University of Arizona. In October 2004 Wes filed a statement seeking whistle-blower status from Congress after he wrote an 18-page report challenging the accuracy of an EPA study that had concluded there was no evidence that hydraulic fracturing posed a threat to drinking water.  That study, he claimed, did not use established agency standards and relied on a peer review panel dominated by energy industry personnel.  Currently Wes works with Phil Doe with “Be the Change” and is often a featured speaker at educational events and rallies concerning the safety of hydraulic fracturing.
Shane Davis
Shane is a research biologist, an avid outdoorsman, and nature photographer.  A member of both the Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) of the Sierra Club, Shane holds an impressive list of duty titles: RMC Information and Research Committee manager, RMC at large Executive Committee member, Poudre Canyon Group chair, and “fractivist at large” (a name he chose for himself.  A former National Science Foundation grant recipient in molecular genetics, Shane has worked in the South Pacific State Parks Department as a marine biologist and with the National Oceanic And Atomospheric Administration in Colorado.   For several years Shane lived near 75 wells in Weld County, which might explain why currently his main focus is on researching the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing and endangered species.

Economic Ramifications of the Fracking Boom

Find out the facts and fiction of how fracking and the oil and gas industry really affect our economy.

Jeanne Basset, Senior Associate, Environment Colorado
Jeanne is a Senior Associate with Environment Colorado and also a Senior Associate for its sister organization, the Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center. Before moving to Colorado, she worked with state environmental groups in Vermont, California, and New Mexico. She has worked as a field organizer, a campus organizer, and as director of a petition drive to help qualify the “Big Green” ballot initiative in California. Most recently she served as the Political Organizer for the Public Interest Network from 2009-2012.  Now, as Senior Associate for Environment Colorado, Jeanne is responsible for coordinating policy development, research, and legislative advocacy. She also serves as a resource on a range of environmental and consumer issues, including renewable energy and campaign finance reform.  She received her B.S. from the University of Vermont in 1985.
Pete Morton
Pete Morton has a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration, a Masters of Forestry with an emphasis on quantitative modeling, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics.  Pete has 20 years of professional work experience in the private, academic, and non-profit sectors, most recently as the Director of Economic Research at The Wilderness Society.  In addition to publishing numerous academic and legal papers, he has testified before the United States Congress and in U.S. Federal Court on economic, energy and environmental issues.   Pete is an avid skier and mountaineer who has lived and worked in Colorado for over 25 years.


Hazel Miller

Wrap up the day with some great music by Hazel Miller . Hazel Miller is not just a great singer, “she is a force of nature!” quotes the Rocky Mountain News. Her voice has been called “stunning, moving and powerful.” Hazel has been a sought after performer in Colorado for the past 24 years. Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop, or Gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul.