Fracking: The Facts and Issues

November 12, 2013, Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA
Science for the Public and Union of Concerned Scientists
The title of the video is "What the Public Needs to Know about Fracking"

A panel of experts discusses the known scientific, health and environmental facts about fracking. The panel members and their affiliations are listed below the video.



Pallavi Phartiyal, PhD, Senior Analyst and Program Manager, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists (Moderator). Dr. Phartiyal previously served as project director at the Research Competitiveness Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is a molecular biologist by training.


Aaron Bernstein, M.D., MPH, Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health; Physician in Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston; Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bernstein co-authored (with Nobel Laureat, Eric Chivian), Sustaining Life: Biodiversity and Human Health. He is a leader in the study of health effects of fracking.


William Moomaw, PhD, Professor of International Environmental Policy and Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Dr. Moomaw, with other members of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore, was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.


Andrew Rosenberg, PhD, Director, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Rosenberg previously served as senior vice president for science and knowledge at Conservation International. He also served as deputy director the National Marine Fisheries Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
RESOURCES from the Union of Concerned Scientists: On this UCS resources page, be sure to check the Fracking Informational Toolkit, the titles on the UCS blog (The Equation), the UCS Branscomb Forum report Decisions on Fracking, and other very good information

12/10/13: (Pallavi Phartiyal and others): Scientists Call for More Fracking Data Transparency

Dr. Aaron Bernstein's free Harvard EdX course: Human Health and Global Environment

Dr. Moomaw's debates on renewable energy at CIERP

Bloomberg Business News: Drillers Silence Water Complaints with Sealed Documents