Hydraulic Fracturing

If fracking leads to more frequent earthquakes, then why do some states that've experienced widespread fracking (like Oklahoma) have so many more earthquakes than do certain other states (like Ohio) that've also experienced widespread fracking? The answer might be in the "basement," so to speak. Our guest is Dr. Brett Carpenter, an Assistant Professor of Geology and Geophysics at The University of Oklahoma.

On this installment of ST, we meet a young Oklahoma filmmaker named Taylor Mullins, who tells us about his new documentary, "Oklahoma Shakedown." As the controversy continues over whether waste-water disposal is playing a role in our state's alarming rise of seismic activity, this film profiles various Oklahoma geologists and residential property owners who have decided to take action to stop these incessant quakes.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, an interesting chat with Gustavo Coronel, who had a 30+ year career in the petroleum industry in Venezuela, Holland, Algiers, Indonesia, most of Latin America, and the United States, while working for Royal Dutch-Shell, Phillips Petroleum, and Petroleos de Venezuela. Since 2006, he has been an independent consultant on the geopolitics of energy and Latin American public policy.

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On this edition of StudioTulsa, a discussion with Ziva Branstetter, the Enterprise Editor at the Tulsa World, where she's also the lead reporter for a three-part series of articles called "Quake Debate." The first of these articles appeared yesterday in that newspaper, and the second is in today's World.

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Today, Wednesday the 19th, from noon till 1pm in the Allen Chapman Activity Center on the TU campus, TU's Department of Geosciences (along with the Tulsa Geological Society Foundation) will host the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguished Ethic Lecture. This lecture is free to the public, and it will be delivered by geologist Donald Clarke, who's also our guest on StudioTulsa. Clarke teaches petroleum geology at the University of Southern California and serves as a consulting geologist for several California petroleum companies and cities.

Oil output in the U.S. is poised to surpass that of Saudi Arabia within the next decade, as has been widely noted, but what about the serious if not alarming environmental costs associated with this surge in production? On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Dr. Brian Lutz of the Department of Biology and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He'll soon deliver a free-to-the-public address on "Hydraulic Fracturing vs.

Our guest on ST is Dr. Stephen Marshak, Professor of Geology and Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As a part of Earth Week, the University of Tulsa's Geosciences Department invited Dr. Marshak for two speaking engagements that occurred here on the TU campus yesterday (the 17th) at noon and 7:30pm. The latter was an address entitled "What's Happening Deep Beneath the Midcontinent?: Tectonics, Earthquakes, and the EarthScope Project in North America's Interior." Dr.