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Science Café OSU community program on oil industry features experts, state representative

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A special edition of Science Café OSU on oil and gas exploration will be held Nov. 20 at 6:30 pm at Stillwater Public Library. The program, “Forum: Oil and Gas Exploration Updates,” features Dr. Todd Halihan with Oklahoma State University, seismologist Amberlee Darold with the Oklahoma Geological Survey and state Rep. Cory Williams of Stillwater.

Halihan, OSU professor of hydrogeophysics, was recently added to Gov. Mary Fallin’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity. He will provide an update on the geological aspects of hydraulic fracturing issues in Oklahoma. Darold, a research seismologist, will talk about the Oklahoma Geological Survey, current seismic activity and provide monitoring updates. Williams will talk about the oil industry and related activity in the state legislature.

“Discussions over oil and gas exploration and seismicity are increasing at the state level. This program is designed to help keep the public informed,” said Karen Neurohr, associate professor, community outreach and assessment librarian for OSU and Science Café OSU coordinator.

A structured question and answer session will follow the presentations.

The program will be broadcast live and can be viewed at

The OSU Library has an online guide with information about previous community oil and gas programs, links to public resources and frequently asked questions:

Science Café OSU community series sponsors include the OSU Library, Stillwater Public Library, the OSU Chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and the office of the OSU Vice President for Research.

All events are free and open to the public. For information, contact the OSU Library at 405-744-2376 or email Information is also available by visiting the Stillwater Public Library website at, emailing or calling 405-372-3633.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St.

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