January 05, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL) will present the discussion, "Perspectives on Gas Shale Development," Tuesday, Jan. 13, at noon at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, located at 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg.

Carl Kirby, professor of geology at Bucknell, will discuss numerous issues related to natural gas development from tight shales such as the Marcellus.

In a resource-rich state, this new industrial-scale development is made possible by the combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, but producing gas involves many other steps. Kirby will explore the claims made by industry supporters and environmentalists to determine what the potential and actual environmental issues are.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; beverages and a light dessert will be provided. Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase a soup-and-sandwich lunch (vegetable soup, ham salad on a croissant, assorted cookies and chocolate cake with icing) for $6 by contacting the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning office at 570-522-0105 or lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu up to noon of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door.

From the intersection of State Route 45 and U.S. Route 15 in Lewisburg, drive west on SR 45 for 1.1 miles; turn right (north) onto Reitz Boulevard into Brookpark Farm. Drive 0.6 mile; turn left onto Tressler Boulevard. The Village Common is directly ahead.

The Lunch & Learn presentation schedule includes "It's a Wonderful Life: Family and Childhood in Denmark," with Chris Boyatzis, Bucknell professor of psychology and director of the Bucknell in Denmark program, on Feb. 3; and "Band History and Performance Through the Penn Central Wind Band Lens," with William Kenny, Bucknell professor of music and founder of the Penn Central Wind Band, on April 7.

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning has provided adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities since its inauguration during the fall of 2009. The Institute is a self-supporting affiliate of Bucknell University. All of its programs and events are supported by membership and course registration fees and donations from members and friends.

For more information about the Institute's programs, call 570-522-0105 or email lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu.