Field Station to Host Marcellus Shale Water Quality Workshop

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Westminster College Field Station will host a Marcellus shale water quality workshop Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The workshop is presented by the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), a nationally-recognized technical support center for communities interested in monitoring the quality of their waterways.

Workshop participants will receive a briefing from ALLARM's water quality experts on the science of Marcellus shale, the importance of community monitoring, and various levels of water pollution that could stem from natural gas drilling.  They will also receive tools to collect and interpret water quality data.

There is no charge for the workshop but participants must pre-register at  Act 48 hours are available.

The event is organized by the Fracking Truth Alliance of Lawrence and Mercer Counties with assistance from Westminster's Sustainability in Motion program.

Contact Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster associate professor of chemistry and director of the Sustainability in Motion program, at (724) 946-6293 or email for additional information.

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