Dunn-Norman selected to advisory panel for EPA hydraulic fracturing research review

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On April 5, 2013

Dr. Shari Dunn-Norman, associate professor of petroleum engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s independent Science Advisory Board’s new Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel.

She is one of 31 independent experts who will peer review the EPA’s 2014 draft report of results of its national study on any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The EPA announced its intention to conduct the study in 2010, in response to a request from Congress.

Dunn-Norman teaches production engineering, well completions, artificial lift and the environmental aspects of petroleum engineering. She joined the faculty at Missouri S&T soon after earning a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland in 1990.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Tulsa in 1978, Dunn-Norman spent eight years working for ARCO Oil and Gas, ARCO Exploration and ARCO International on a variety of projects, including overseas assignments in Indonesia and the U.K.

Dunn-Norman’s research focuses on well construction for the protection of underground sources of drinking water, carbon dioxide injection design, hydraulic fracturing and offshore operations. She has published papers related to area of review for Class II injection wells and hydraulic fracturing, and has co-authored a book on well construction.

Dunn-Norman also served on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board 2011 Ad Hoc Panel to review the agency’s draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan and is co-chair of the Missouri Oil and Gas Council.

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  • Having the EPA use a peer-reviewed process in conducting environmental safety impact of hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable way to go about determining whether this type of drilling is dangerous to the public. This way, you can avoid arsons on either side of the bay such as industry-based interests which care very little for any damage to the environment hydraulic fracturing causes while on the other hand you have extreme environmentalists who consider humans themselves to be a blight on planet Earth.