Panelists to Discuss at Brookdale

Lincroft, NJ – Brookdale Community College will host an expert panel discussion on the risk of “hydrofracking,” the controversial procedure that is resulting in dangerously contaminated drinking water.

The free event will take place Wednesday, April 6 at 7:15 p.m. It will be held in the Warner Student Life Center, Twin Lights rooms I & II. Parking is most convenient in lot 7.

“Hydrofracking” allows extraction of hard to release natural gas deposits by drilling horizontally in shale.  The vast reserves of the gas, embedded deep underground beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio, are said to be enough to supply the East Coast for up to 50 years.  It is a cheaper alternative than foreign oil and it was hoped  it would be a cleaner alternative to burning coal. New data is challenging these assumptions.  What is the trade off?

Three panelists will discuss natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania and New York and how it could impact New Jersey including Monmouth County.

Dr. Ronald Bishop is a lecturer on bio-chemistry at SUNY-Oneonta and a hazardous materials expert. Kathleen Malone is from the US EPA-Region 2 including New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Rounding out the panel is Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

“Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers” from the February 27, 2011 New York Times provides clear and understandable explanation for the health concerns. The article link is:   www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/us/27gas.html?hp and is part of a new series “Drilling Down” in the NYTimes which points to the urgency of concerns about this topic.

The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Monmouth County and co-sponsored by the Brookdale History & Political Science Association and the Brookdale Environmental Club. Additional co-sponsors to date are the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, Temple Shalom of Aberdeen Social Action Committee, The Jersey Shore Group of Sierra Club and  WATERSPIRIT.

More information is available by e-mailing to Louise Usechak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..