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CCN May 2013 Meeting: Hydraulic Fracturing (“Fracking”) Boon or Bane?

  • 08 May 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Cynwyd Club, 332 Trevor Lane Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004


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Hydraulic Fracturing (“Fracking”) 
Boon or Bane?


Networking, 5:30 PM; Dinner, 6:30 PM; Talk and Business Session, 7:30 PM

The United States quest for energy from carbonaceous sources continues unabated into the 21 century.  With more than 300 million vehicles on our roads, the daily demand for fuel has placed a tremendous burden on traditional methods of oil and gas extraction, development and processing.  New developments in drilling technology and computer modeling over the past decade have revolutionized these techniques, making previously inaccessible shale gas resources available for extraction.  To put this complex technology into relative perspective, the speaker will examine a brief history of how we arrived at this juncture with respect to the Marcellus Shale; chemicals involved in fracking fluids and implications for our environment; chemical information associated with them or the lack thereof; chemical engineering challenges, particularly those associated with water resources (surface, and groundwater); and surface impoundments.  In addition, the speaker will discuss the political environment surrounding the application of this unconventional fracking technology, primarily focusing on Pennsylvania and New York where the Marcellus shale play is the largest in the United States, and the potential consulting opportunities for chemist and chemical engineers.


John J. Brennan is a resident of Hilltown Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania he earned his Master of Science degree in Chemistry from St. Joseph’s University, under the direction of Dr. George Nelson and Dr. George Beichl.  In 1968 he joined the Research Division of Rohm and Haas in the Agrochemical Research department.  He joined the Health Products department developing and filing an NDA for an antipsychotic drug for the treatment of schizophrenia in 1973. The Employee Health department eventually evolved into the Corporate Environmental in 1990 where he managed the implementation of a computer based plant integrated information management system. He left in 1995 after 27 years to become an independent chemical professional working as a consultant for such companies as ConEdison and other local environmental firms. In 1998 he joined the Porter Instrument Company as the chemical health and safety manager.  The company was sold to Parker Hannifin Corporation in 2005.  He left Parker-Hannifin in 2008 and returned to independent consulting with InfoChem Systems, LLC.


The Cynwyd Club, 332 Trevor Lane, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.From I-76 drive S on City Line Ave. (US Rte. 1). Turn right on Conshohocken State Rd. (Rte. 23); stay in right lane. After second light watch for white left-turn arrows painted on street (about .14 mi/750 ft). Do not follow Rte. 23 left at turn but instead go straight ahead onto Llandrillo Rd. (passing to right of Valley Press printing). In one block bear left onto Trevor Lane at stop sign. Clubhouse and parking are on the left. Please park in lot if space is available; otherwise park on Trevor Lane. If lost, call the club at 610-667-4524, ext. 312.  

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