March 2017 news
Our speaker on the 20th of March will be Peter Webb and his subject will be ‘Fracking’.
Peter Webb started in geology at the age of 4, when he collected his first fossils in his back garden in Worthing, at the foot of the South Downs. He graduated from London University in 1967 with a BSc in Geology, and then spent 4 years in Kenya doing a PhD on the rift valley volcanics.
After a spell in academia in Nigeria, he joined the oil industry in 1974, working as a Wellsite Geologist in the North Sea. Since then, he has worked in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australasia. He still works part time as a Consultant Geologist, mostly overseas doing exploration management and giving training in various petroleum related topics. Back at home, he delivers public lectures, particularly on fracking for shale oil and gas.
Fracking is a highly contentious subject as there is a fear that the process will result in all sorts of things going wrong: contamination of atmosphere and aquifers, earthquakes, widespread devastation of the landscape, to name but a few. Most of these fears arise from ignorance and misinformation. This talk replaces prejudice with facts and shows that fracking is not the ogre that the protestors would have us believe.
If you are a retired man from either a business or professional background and you would like to come along, listen to the talk and find out more about the Club then please contact us via our website and we shall be pleased to make you welcome as a guest of one of our members.