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NMSU to host movie screening and conversation on fracking, fossil fuel energy

New Mexico State University?s Chemical and Materials Engineering Department will host ?A Civil Conversation on the topic of Fracking and Fossil Fuel Energy in the U.S.A.? Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Corbett Center auditorium.


The event will include a free movie screening of ?FrackNation? at 6 p.m. followed by a special guest debate with New Mexico fracking and environmental experts at 7:30 p.m.

?This conversation is important in the state of New Mexico because of the large presence of the oil and gas industry in the state and surrounding region. Many NMSU grads find employment in the industry,? said David Rockstraw, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department head. ?In total, the industry employs about 13,000 people in New Mexico at a wage 40 percent above the state average.

?In 2010, the industry contributed $1.6 billion in tax revenue to New Mexico. The Land Grant Permanent Fund based on oil and gas is now worth $9.5 billion. Every year the fund pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into education and 20 other public entities in New Mexico. Consequently, it is important that students and citizens in the state know the facts,? he said.

Rockstraw added fracking (of hydraulic fracturing) is a controversial technology that is used to enhance flow from a well once the drilling is done.

?Fracking is used in wells for oil and gas, water, geothermal, and has been used as a Superfund remediation tool. Some have concern that the technology may lead to groundwater contamination and/or may cause earthquakes.?

For questions about the event email chme@nmsu.edu