LAKE PLACID - The Adirondack Mountain Club will present a special program, "Environmental and Health Risks of Hydrofracking" at 8 p.m. Saturday at ADK's High Peaks Information Center, located at Heart Lake in Lake Placid.
This presentation is free and open to the public.
Hydrofracking is a controversial method for extracting natural gas from shale in wells drilled deep underground. It uses pressure and high volumes of water mixed with some hazardous chemicals to crack shale and release the gas, and produces toxic, radioactive wastewater as well as air pollution. It has been used in nearby Pennsylvania for several years but has been on hold in New York while the environmental and health impacts are assessed. David Kowalski will describe what hydrofracking is and the risks that are involved with it.
ADK's Saturday Evening Lecture Series offers presentations on natural history, backcountry recreation, Adirondack history, art and music.
For more information, call 518-523-3441 or visit www.adk.org.