Is Frack a Four-Letter Word?

2011 National Conference & North American Summit

Tapping the Future of American Oil and Gas
October 22, 2011

Presentation by D. Rick Van Schoik, Director, North American Center for Transborder Studies

With recent advances in a process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the U.S. may soon be able to boost its energy security while bolstering our economy and creating jobs. Large shale deposits throughout the U.S. are suddenly seeing a flurry of activity that’s being hailed by some for its economic development and criticized by others for environmental concerns. More than 20 percent of U.S. states have proven reserves of oil and gas locked in shale and the economic benefits nationally as well as within each of these states may be tremendous and far-reaching. In this session, experts on all sides of the hydraulic fracturing debate discussed what its production may mean for your state.

Is Frack a Four-Letter Word?

D. Rick Van Schoik

Mr. Van Schoik serves as the first director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS).  His three decade-long experience in developing, funding, managing, and interpreting international programs enables NACTS to pursue complex, multidisciplinary, trinational research and policy work.

He was previously the director of the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a SEAL until returning to graduate school at the California State University at San Diego.

He resides on the beach in California.