HOUSTON – Scientists from Gradient Corp., a leading environmental
risk consulting firm, will separate fact from fiction during a special
presentation on hydraulic fracturing at the Houston offices of Hicks Thomas
LLP. This two-part seminar, set for June 25, will help educate in-house
and outside counsel on scientific developments that may affect the oil
and gas industry and potential litigation. The seminar has been approved
for one hour of State Bar MCLE Credit and Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Credit in Civil and Oil, Gas & Mineral Law.
Gradient scientists Dr. Samuel Flewelling and Matthew Tymchak will discuss
their research into the implications of hydraulic fracturing (HF) for
drinking water and seismic activity. An expert on HF chemicals, Dr. Flewelling
evaluated groundwater data collected by federal scientists in Pavillion,
Wyo., the center of heated debate over whether chemicals from hydraulic
fracturing contaminated groundwater. He also has published peer-reviewed
papers on the constraints of fracture growth and potential upward migration
of HF chemicals. Dr. Flewelling will present some recent work that evaluates
potential HF-related risks to drinking water resources throughout the
U.S. Mr. Tymchak will discuss current methods of determining the cause
of earthquakes, and whether HF-related injection wells can be blamed.
The seminar at Hicks Thomas’ offices begins at noon on Wednesday,
June 25. Lunch is provided. Those interested in attending may register
by emailing Donna Armand at Hicks Thomas.
For more than 25 years, Gradient has used sound science and rigorous data
analysis to advise its clients on environmental issues related to chemical
use in the environment, the workplace and consumer products.