Speaker to discuss health impacts of fracking

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Michelle Bamberger

As western Wisconsin experiences a boom in frac sand mining, the debate continues about what the process means for public health.

Veterinarian Michelle Bamberger, an author and researcher, will discuss human and animal health issues associated with fracking during a public lecture at UW-L. She will speak from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, in 1309 Centennial Hall.

Bamberger is co-author of the book “The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food.” The book’s other co-author Robert Oswald, professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University, will also be on campus.

While drilling companies assure that the hydraulic fracturing process is safe, Bamberger says it’s impossible to know at this point if that’s true. She notes there is no definitive evidence linking health impacts to drilling operations because of incomplete testing before and after drilling, as well as incomplete disclosure of chemicals and nondisclosure agreements.

Following her talk, Bamberger will have a book signing at 6 p.m. at Pearl Street Books, 323 Pearl St., La Crosse.

Bamberger is from Ithaca, New York and serves on the advisory board of the scientific organization Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy. See her complete biography and abstract. Bamberger is hosted by UW-L’s Department of Geography & Earth Science and the Environmental Studies Program.

If you go —

Who: Veterinarian Michelle Bamberger, an author and researcher
What: Lecture on health impacts of fracking
Where: 1309 Centennial Hall
When: 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27
Admission: Free