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About This Course

This course provides a brief summary of the environmental costs vs the economic benefits of the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract oil and gas. Students are asked to evaluate the information and develop opinions regarding whether the US should support the practice of fracking, or be against the use of fracking.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Staff

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Terry Regan

Experience: Staff Teacher in the Environmental Technology Program at Minuteman High School, in Lexington, Massachusetts. Provided on-the-job training and/or hands on learning experiences in laboratory and field settings for students in Environmental Technology Program. Provided Cooperative Education Placements with GEI Environmental Consulting, United States Geological Survey, ENSR Environmental Consulting, IT Corporation, . Provided Student Internships with Bolton Conservation Commission, Minuteman National Park, Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center. Provided job-shadowing work with Cambridge Water Department in watershed management careers. Coordinated Community Service Projects with Bolton Conservation Commission, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Hanscom Air Force Base, Tibbets Road Superfund Site. Over 20 years of environmental consulting and engineering experience in environmental permitting, assessment, compliance, and remediation projects; Completed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) to full-scale site assessment and remediation projects; innovative and in-situ remedial technologies; knowledgeable about environmental media, hydrogeology, chemical constituents of concern, and fate and transport characteristics; investigated sites ranging from gas stations to 170-acre industrial complexes; conducted assessments of releases of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semivolatiles, metals, PCBs, pesticides, and other inorganic compounds; proficient with federal and New England state regulatory requirements, including the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) and the Connecticut Remediation Standard Regulations (RSRs).

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  2. Classes Start

    Aug 01, 2015
  3. Classes End

    Aug 31, 2015