On February 13, 2013, the Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) Interest Group of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) hosted a very successful event on the development of gas from shale using fracking in New York State. The event was held at McLaren Engineering in West Nyack, New York; there was also an option to attend the event via webinar. There were almost 100 engineers that attended the event including both on and off site.
The Marcellus shale formation encompasses the region of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Fracking refers to the procedure by which rocks below the ground are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure. The larger fissures allow more oil or gas to flow out of the formation and into the wellbore from where it can be extracted. This process also impacts the earth’s surface and its surrounding environs because of the pad sites set up for drilling. [Read more…]