Scientists Use Crowdfunding to Pay for Fracking Research

IamScientistYou’ve heard of Kickstarter, the website that allows everyone from budding filmmakers to student dancers, to nail polish designers, search for individual funders over the internet. Now, there are crowdfunding websites popping up that focus on scientific research. Two Juniata College professors are turning to one of these to fund their fracking research. Micro-biology professor Regina Lamendella and ecologist Christopher Grant, want to find out how fracking for Marcellus Shale gas impacts stream life in Northcentral Pennsylvania. So they’ve put up a video and a description of their project on Lamendella and Grant, along with their students, will be collecting samples of bacteria, micro-invertabrates, macro-invertabrates, and fish from 26 headwater streams this summer. Some of those streams have already been contaminated through frack water spills. Others are near gas drilling operations, and there will be some in areas where fracking has yet to begin.

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