LINCROFT, NJ - Rita Yelda, a Senior Organizer of the Food & Water Watch environmental organization, will discuss the environmental problems fracking is causing in NJ at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Brookdale Community College (BCC), Lincroft. The meeting, open to the public, includes the BCC Environmental Club and students, the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group, and other environmental organizations.

Yelda’s talk, part of BCC’s “Science Monday” environmental lectures, is hosted by BCC’s Environmental Club to encourage students to be involved in statewide and national debates on the importance of strong environmental protections. A pizza and subs buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. in Warner Student Life Center (SLC) Twin Lights Rooms I and II, and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

While no actual fracking occurs in NJ, since the state has no oil shale formations, environmental threats are developing from oil trains and waste water from adjacent states, including threats to the Delaware River, and from pipeline construction through otherwise protected NJ open lands. In addition, methane leaks from fracking sites are adding to the greenhouse gasses that cause global warming problems throughout the world.

NJ also is contributing to the fracking problem because natural gas consumption in the state has dramatically increased in the last few years as consumers shift from oil.

To get to Brookdale’s Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms I and II. Use parking lot 7. As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner is on the left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf