September Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: An Update on "Fracking" in Texas

Click here to listen to the archived recording of this call.

Click here to download additional resources about fracking, courtesy of the Environmental Defense Fund.

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," for oil and natural gas, is highly contentious in other parts of the country--but it's been going on in Texas for years. North and South Texas are both hot spots for drilling, and local communities have approached the practice in different ways. The state has weighed in, too--during the 2011 legislative session, Texas Impact helped pass legislation requiring companies to disclose the types of chemicals and amount of water used in the drilling process.

For our September interfaith environmental conference call, we'll take a look at "fracking." We are excited to welcome Virginia Palacios of the Environmental Defense Fund, who will give us an overview of hydraulic fracturing in Texas--where it's happening, environmental effects, updates on regulation, and a look ahead to possible related legislation during the 2013 session. 

As always, we will have some time for callers to ask questions, share ideas and connect!

September Interfaith Environmental Conference Call

     Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     Dial-in number: (712) 432-3066 

     Conference Code: 424548

To RSVP for the call, please e-mail Amanda. Feel free to invite others to participate!

Last summer, Virginia Palacios helped to launch the Safe Fracking Coalition in Laredo, Texas. The coalition held two town halls and gave presentations to raise awareness about potential environmental impacts of accelerating oil and gas development in the Eagle Ford Shale region. Now at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Virginia has examined the local water supply impacts of hydraulic fracturing in Texas. Her work at EDF also includes research on the regulation of natural gas venting and flaring.

Virginia earned her Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in May of 2012. At Duke, Virginia founded the Drilling, Environment, and Economics Network (DEEN) to convene researchers with different perspectives about the costs and benefits of oil and gas development. In her master’s thesis, Palacios examined data detailing the chemistry of formation waters in the Eagle Ford Shale, and recommended which chemicals to test for in baseline groundwater quality testing for counties in the Eagle Ford Shale region.

In our monthly environmental calls, we seek to connect faith leaders around the state who are engaged in the work of caring for Creation; provide updates about environmental legislation and advocacy opportunities; keep you current on new programs and initiatives; and create a space for sharing hopes and frustrations, plans and ideas, stories and prayers.