BP Oil Spill Disaster Six Years Later

The BP Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico 

Deepwater Horizon Disaster - Six Years Later

Dr. Kim Waddell from National Academies
Discussion at NJIT - Assessing the Impacts of Oil Spill
Dr. Dave Westerholm from Office of Response and Restoration 




Fracking: Hydraulic Fracturing - Environmentally Destructive or an Essential Technique to Extract Gas


NJIT- Technology & Society Forum- Fracking: Challenges and Opportunities Video
NJIT- Technology & Society Forum- Fracking: Challenges and Opportunities Q&A Session








Michel Boufadel

Dr. Michel Boufadel, a NJIT professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the university's Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection. Dr. Boufadel's wide range of environmental research includes assessing effects of the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska and the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Boufadel's research has focused on assessing environmental systems at various scales, and on the development of technological advances at the appropriate engineering scale. His research has also been interdisciplinary, and has collaborated with researchers from various fields. Examples of his projects include the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the BP spill and natural gas extraction from shale formations.

Daniel Soeder

Mr. Dan Soeder is a geologist with the U.S. Department of Energy at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, West Virginia, where his interests include energy and environmental issues related to unconventional fossil energy resources. Prior to joining DOE in 2009, Mr. Soeder was a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in the mid-Atlantic region, after spending eight years on the Yucca Mountain Project in Neveda. His career before joining the USGS in 1991 included a decade of research at the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago on unconventional natural gas resources, including shale, and several years of characterizing drill cores on the DOE Eastern Gas Shales Project.


Tracy Carluccio

Tracy Carluccio is Deputy Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN), where she has been employed as an environmental advocate since 1989, working throughout the Delaware River Watershed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware. She is working on the impacts of the development of shale gas on the Delaware River Watershed, which includes portions of Pennsylvania and New York; New Jersey contains other shale formations which may be targeted at future dates. She has organized forums, stakeholder meetings, information sessions and technical seminars in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York both as a presenter and a participant.

Fred Baldassare

Mr. Fred Baldassare is a Senior Geoscientist and the owner of ECHELON Applied Geoscience Consulting. Fred has more than 25 years experience as a geologist, and 20 years of experience investigating more then 200 incidents of stray gas migration. Fred previously worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as a geologist and served as the statewide authority on isotope geochemistry, and stray gas characterization and mitigation.