Luncheon Meeting

Isaac Orr "Will Fracking Make My Water Catch On Fire?"

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 - Noon to 1:05 p.m.

Machine Shed, Appleton

Directions: (Google Maps) Exit Hwy 41 at College Ave, go west one block to Mall Drive, turn right, go one block, turn right on Fox River Dr.

Dear Friends,

The International Energy Agency has made an astounding prediction. By next year, the United States will be the number one oil and natural gas producer in the world, surpassing both Russia and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, energy prices in the US are now less than many other nations, resulting in a competitive manufacturing advantage. There is even talk that the US may become a net energy exporter in the next two decades.

What is responsible for this revolutionary boom in energy production? An innovation in well drilling called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

  • What exactly is “fracking”?
  • What has been its economic impact?
  • Does it contaminate our ground water, cause earthquakes, pollute the air, and threaten wildlife?
  • And what about Wisconsin’s nation-leading sand frac mines? Do they too threaten the environment?
  • And most sensational of all: Will fracking make my water catch on fire?

On Tuesday Oct. 21, geologist and researcher Isaac Orr will join us to discuss the benefits and evaluate the criticisms of fracking. Learn the truth that the anti-development groups don’t want you to know.

Please join us. We meet at noon, order lunch, start at 12:05 p.m., and end at 1:05 p.m. Admission is free. Meal purchases and donations are encouraged. 
Bio Sketch: Isaac Orr is a research follow for energy and environmental policy at the Heartland Institute. He has authored several articles for leading newspapers around the country and was formerly a staffer in the Wisconsin Senate. In his spare time, he pretends to be a comedian. 

Further Resources regarding our last Forum

  • An audio recording of Kirsten Lombard’s presentation, “Finding Common Ground to Fight Common Core”, can be downloaded here (link). The video file will be available soon.
  • To receive the weekly newsletter from Kirsten’s publishing company, Resounding Books, or to order a copy of Common Ground on Common Core, visit her website (link).

Upcoming Luncheons

  • On Oct 28 we will revisit the City of Appleton’s proposed showpiece library in preparation for public feedback on the mayor’s budget. Also Andrew Zuelke, candidate for State Treasurer, will explain why he believes the Office of State Treasurer should not be eliminated but rather restored to its original scope.
  • Look for future luncheons with Colin Gunn about his new movie on Obamacare, and a series after the election about issues that the legislature should address.

“Countries throughout the world that rely on private property rights more so than government regulation continue to outperform their repressed counterparts on environmental protection. Knowledge of environmental conditions spread across time and place is always subject to change. What the regulators fail to realize is that no single central authority can plan for constantly changing conditions, demands, and efficient uses of various resources.”
-- Michael Fellner, Sept. 8, 2014