Professor lectures on Marcellus Shale drilling

John Hintz For immediate release: April 17, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — John Hintz, associate professor of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences at Bloomsburg University, will give a lecture “Gas Springs Eternal: The Marcellus Shale and Pennsylvania’s Unconventional Future,” on Wednesday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in the Harvey Andruss Library, Schweiker Room.

The event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Institute for Culture and Society.

Hintz will speak on the Marcellus Shale formation, a natural gas-rich geological formation lying several thousand feet below parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. The gas is extracted from the ground through a process called hydrofracturing, or “fracking.” Through fracking, the rocks encompassing the gas are blasted away using a combination of chemicals and water. Hintz will discuss the debates over the safety of fracking.

Hintz received his doctorate in geography from the University of Kentucky in 2005. His teaching and research focus on environmental and land use issues, particularly related to wilderness conservation, resource extraction and human-animal relations. In 2010, he co-authored the book, “Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction,” with two collaborators at the University of Arizona.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.