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Georgia Tech Clean Energy Speaker Series Hydraulic Fracturing's Role in Natural Gas Development

Join us on October 19, 2011, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the next installment of the Georgia Tech Clean Energy Speaker Series, "Hydraulic Fracturing's Role in Natural Gas Development." Participants can attend for free in person at the Hodges Room in Technology Square or via Webinar.

According to the Energy Information Administration, more than 87% of the natural gas consumed in the United States comes from domestic sources. The proportion of total U.S. natural gas production coming from shale resources has grown from less than 1% in 2000, to 20% in 2010. By the end of 2011, shale resources will produce 25% of U.S. natural gas (MIT Study on the Future of Natural Gas). Due primarily to technological innovation, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have made shale gas extraction from previously inaccessible domestic shale formations feasible and economical. Plan to join subject matter experts in considering hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking" or "hydrofracking."

This seminar will feature speakers Carlos Santamarina, Professor and Goizuetta Foundation Chair, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Sayta Gupta, Senior Research Director of Fracturing Technology, Baker Hughes.

Sutherland is a proud sponsor of the series, which features presentations on issues surrounding clean energy in the Southeastern United States, including the projected need for electric energy and oil and natural gas, and the opportunities and challenges for meeting those needs with clean energy technologies.

For more information and to register for this program, visit www.secleanenergy.org.