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CSUF Hosts Public Symposium on OC Oil Extraction Sept. 23

Aug. 14, 2014|Updated Sept. 17, 2014


(Free parking for this event will be available to the public in the on-campus State College Parking Structure, north of the  Titan Student Union. Details are on the symposium website.)

Cal State Fullerton is partnering with the cities of Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia and Yorba Linda to advance public understanding of the geological and environmental impact of oil extraction in north Orange County.

The Tuesday, Sept. 23, symposium will feature a panel of scientists and industry representatives with expertise in hydraulic fracturing and its environmental impact. The free event in the Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion is open to the public. The symposium also will be available via live streaming and Titan TV (channel 98 on Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse).

"We aim to provide policymakers and the public with access to experts in the field who will be able to speak to what is happening in our communities and how it may affect local groundwater, air quality and earthquakes," noted David Bowman, interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, which is coordinating the symposium.

Bowman will moderate the panel discussion during the symposium, which begins at 6 p.m. He encourages community members to participate by submitting their questions in advance on the symposium website. Attendees also will be invited to submit their questions during the symposium.

Confirmed panelists are:

Steven Bohlen, state oil and gas supervisor at the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), the regulatory body that oversees oil production in California. Bohlen has devoted much of his career to using scientific evidence to inform policy development at multiple levels of federal and state government. He has served as program director for nuclear and domestic security and as deputy program director for energy security at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He also was a research professor and interim director of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program at Texas A&M University. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Michigan.

Robert Graves, research geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Pasadena Field Office. He is also Southern California regional coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.

W. Richard Laton , associate professor of geological sciences at Cal State Fullerton, whose expertise includes: soil and water contamination; hydrology and surface water, wetlands and coastal monitoring; field sampling techniques; and well hydraulics. In addition to his academic work, Laton serves as a consultant to the groundwater and environmental industries. He holds a Ph.D. in hydrogeology and M.S. in environmental earth science from Western Michigan University.

Susan Nakamura, director of strategic initiatives at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Her responsibilities include toxics rule-making, the Clean Communities Plan, California Environmental Quality Act and the Air Quality Management Plan. Her team developed Rule 1148.2, which was adopted April 5, 2013, and requires operators and chemical suppliers to notify and report specific information to the SCAQMD regarding oil and gas operations. She earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from UC Santa Barbara.

Trent Rosenlieb, asset manager for LINN Energy. A registered petroleum engineer in California, he has more than 30 years of experience in oil and natural gas exploration and production. Rosenlieb has spent the bulk of his career in the California oil and gas producing regions. With a strong background in operational issues in rural and urban areas, he has been involved in critical dealings with landowners and regulatory agencies. He holds a B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Mark Zeko , vice president and principal hydrogeologist for Environmental Engineering & Contracting Inc. He is registered in 14 states as a professional geologist/hydrogeologist and specializes in the remediation of groundwater, soil and soil vapor affected by industrial and commercial land uses. A two-time Cal State Fullerton graduate, Zeko holds a B.S. in geological sciences and M.S. in environmental sciences and resides in Brea.

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