Geology expert to give presentation Nov. 8 on fracking

Email this article 11/04/2011

Eric Potter of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin will give a presentation entitled "What is Fracking?" starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom.

The upcoming  presentation is part of the Phi Theta Kappa honors lecture series. This year's lecture topic is "The Economic and Environmental Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale Oil Development."

Potter is program director for energy research at the Bureau of Economic Geology. Since 2001 he has been responsible for coordinating the fossil energy research programs at the bureau.
Prior to taking his current position, Potter worked for 25 years with Marathon Oil Company in a variety of domestic oil roles across the U.S. From 1990-1992, he was manager of geologic technology and from 1992-1994 he was associate director of Marathon's Petroleum Technology Center in Littleton, CO. He was Marathon's mid-continent exploration manager in Midland from 1994-2000.

Potter earned a bachelor's degree in Earth sciences at Dartmouth College and a master's degree in geology at Oregon State University. He is a registered professional geoscientist in the state of Texas.

"We are excited to have someone with Mr. Potter's expertise coming to speak at SWTJC and we invite the public to join us on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m.," Phi Theta Kappa advisor Barbara Blair said.

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