RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Northern Nevadans had the opportunity to learn more about fracking early Thursday morning at a forum in the Ramada Inn with Dr. Bert Fisher, one of the world's leading experts on oil and gas extraction technology and policies.
Dr. Fisher holds a BS from Yale in Geology, and a MS and PhD from Case Western. He has testified on numerous technical and environmental issues and has taught courses on environmental engineering, geochemistry, and petroleum geology.
Dr. Bert Fisher spent Thursday morning at the Ramada Inn hosting a fracking discussion put on by the National Security Forum. He spoke about the positive benefits 'hydraulic fracturing' will not only have in northern and central Nevada, but in the US as a whole. He also addressed concerns the general public has voiced, like environmental risk and an increase in seismic activity.
"Hydraulic fracturing is actually critical to the United States in respect to our supply of hydro carbon fuels despite a real need and desire to move over to alternative fuels it is really not an alternative that can be deployed on the scale that replaces hydro carbon fuels for the next 20-50 years," Dr. Fisher said.
Dr. Fisher also says fracking has been around for decades and the first hydraulic fracturing was done on a well in Kansas in 1946.