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Hydraulic Fracking on Access Utah Thursday

When USA Today invited their readers to send in questions about fracking for Duke University professor Robert Jackson, readers responded with such questions as: “What happens to the chemicals that are left behind after the fracking process? What is the risk to well water? It’s my understanding that fracking uses massive amounts of water? Does fracking cause earthquakes?”  

Robert Jackson, Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change at the Nicholas School of Environment and professor of Biology at Duke University, is coauthor of an important study on fracking. He’ll give a lecture on Thursday at Utah State University for the USUQuinney College of Natural Resources titled “Oil and Gas Hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale.” He’ll join Tom Williams on Thursday’s Access Utah, to respond to your questions and comments about fracking.

You can join the discussion at 1-800-826-1495, online at, on Twitter @utahpublicradio, and by email to  Access Utah is 9:00 to 10:00 Thursday morning on UPR.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.