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Skeptics in the Pub: Hydraulic Frac

Join us this month as Tim Harvey offers a Petroleum Engineer's insight into one of the most charged environmental buzz topics, Hydraulic Frac.

What is it? What does it do?

Tim holds degrees from Oklahoma State University and the University of Florida. He has worked in drilling fluids, solids control, and drilling waste management for over 40 years in the US, Middle East, West Africa, North Africa and the Far East. Tim has served on various API and Drilling Waste Management Group (DWMG) workgroups and is currently a Technology Manager in the Research & Development side of Halliburton Energy Services. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the American Association of Drilling Engineers.


Come on by the Stag's Head Pub.

And don't forget, if you'd like to address the group about anything sciency, skeptical, or newsworthy, don't be afraid to ask.

Add it to your calendar.

The Skinny on the Digs

The Stag's Head Pub is located in the old Sheperd Plaza. It's a traditional style pub with a decent selection of beverages and reasonably priced food, with laquered hardwood everywhere you look.

But more importantly, the Stag's Head features a private room called The Oak Room that allows us to avoid any undue bar noise, and to have a good setting for conversation and any guest speakers we may have.

Now here's the important part: The manager usually charges a fee to book the Oak Room, but I explained that our group does not have a budget, and so would most likely not be able to pay the room fee. I assured her, however, that our group is good about ordering drinks and lots of food. We don't just use up space for nothing. And I told her that we could put 20 or more people in the room each month, most of whom would do some kind of business with the bar. And she was kind enough to wave the room fee with the understanding that our business would still make it worth her while.

So, we need to strive for two things to keep this venue at no cost to us:

  1. Put butts in the seats, as they say --- We need to have a good showing of members. Tell all your friends, bring a family member, invite a co-worker, anything. But let's get the word out, and get as many people to attend as possible.
  2. Enjoy the fare offered by the Stag's Head Pub --- Have a few beers. Order some appetizers and a sandwhich, whatever strikes your fancy. No reason to empty your wallet, but let's show Stag's Head a little financial love. Keep them happy and they will keep us happy.

Other Important Information

The Skeptics in the Pub meetups will take place on the 4th Tuesday night of each month. Note the standing meetup posted here.

Driving Tips and Directions

The Stag's Head Pub is in the old Sheperd Plaza, easily accessible from US Highway 59. From Highway 59, take the Sheperd/Greenbriar exit, and go north on Sheperd. Turn left on Portsmouth, and after a block, you will see the stag's head mounted on the building to your left. You have arrived.

Upon leaving, you can exit Sheperd Plaza onto Greenbriar and turn left on Greenbriar to link up with 59.

If you are heading south on 59, turn right at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, and enter the freeway immediately.

If you are heading north on 59, TURN RIGHT at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, stay on the access road toward Kirby Drive. Make a U-turn at Kirby, and enter the freeway to head north.

Hope to see you all there!

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  • Suzanne

    On the balance of energy needs globally. Not anti-tracking per se but certainly a broader viewpoint.

    March 23, 2013

  • Suzanne

    On the balance of energy needsfrom

    March 23, 2013

  • Suzanne

    We have someone lined up for either April or may who focuses on the balance

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To Naomi:

    Did I talk to the speaker?--certainly. For five minutes before the presentation. And my critique was not of the ad-hominem variety. As I stated, it was the worst one I'd seen in several months. One I did in October was, overall, worse. Several people walked out. I had all the information in place, but my IT and sucked and had other problems. When there is controversy, a good engineer (who, by definition, manages Energy and its costs on the environment.) will present both sides and both weigh it statistically then weight it economically. It's hard to do.

    March 22, 2013

    • Tom P.

      A good speaker will present a topic in an informative, entertaining and honest manner as possible. That is what we ask for and that is what was delivered. It is obvious that he didn't meet your expectations, but consider the possibility that may just be the fault of the expectations, not the speaker.

      March 23, 2013

  • Michaele C.

    This was my first Skeptics Meetup, and I thought it was great! The people were super friendly, the topic was interesting (I had to leave early, so I can't comment on a discussion, if there was one.), and the venue (Stag's Head) had food and ale aplenty!

    1 · February 27, 2013

    • Leslie

      I agree - it was my first meeting too and I thought that everyone was very friendly. I am looking forward to joining the group again soon!

      March 23, 2013

  • Bill S.

    I think it was reasonably good. The presenter seemed sincerely trying to present what he knew on the matter. For a free speaker, what could one really ask for? He also did his best to answer some tough questions and remained in a good humor. Of course there should be some disagreement...that's what skeptics are for!

    March 23, 2013

  • Naomi

    Canscious Existentialist: did you ask the speaker any questions?

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought it sucked. The speaker was a technocrat who didn't provide the statistics to show that fracking was or was not dangerous to environments. It was good that he showed the evolution of fracking compounds, and that they were currently edible. I wanted to see proof of falsification by the anti-frackers, and some possible exceptions of how fracking negatively affected the Environment. After all, fracking compounds were, "improved"--weren't they? The speaker didn't need to drill down on some of the rock mechanics. It could've been simplified. An engineer myself, I had trouble piecing together all the information and concluding its theme. The only presentation worse I'd recently witnessed was one I put on in October.

    March 22, 2013

    • Tom P.

      I found the presentation to be informative. It was not designed to prove anything nor did the speaker propose that the information was definitive. It most defiantly did not "suck".

      1 · March 22, 2013

    • Sam O.

      What Tom said. . . . Also I'd ask that everyone try to remember that these presentations are done on a voluntary basis, and often by folks who don't speak publicly as a matter of course.

      1 · March 22, 2013

  • Janis R.

    The meeting was informative and interesting. I enjoyed the networking and meeting people.

    February 26, 2013

  • Jewell D.

    If I don't have to work late, I will be there.

    February 24, 2013

  • Syed Ammar R.


    February 6, 2013

  • kman43


    January 30, 2013

  • Rajaa

    Will be out of town :(
    Have fun :)

    January 27, 2013

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