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Posted on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 5:02 a.m.

Energy Forum: 'Cheaper Natural Gas & Fracking and their economic & environmental impacts' - and more

By AnnArbor.com Staff

Datebook is your source for information about important business events going on in the greater Ann Arbor area.

FEATURED EVENT:

Today: Michigan Energy Forum: Cheaper Natural Gas & Fracking and their economic & environmental impacts. 5-7 p.m. SPARK Central. 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Natural gas has dropped in price drastically in the last several years thanks to new drilling technologies such as "fracking," prompting manufacturers to explore gas powered co-generation. Burning less coal could reduce polution and GHG emissions, but fracking raises some concerns about ground water and safety. We will discuss the impact of fracking on natural gas prices and its impact on our fuel source mix and the economic opportunities, environmental impacts, regulations, and concerns being raised by this technology. Free. More info: http://www.annarborusa.org/events/details?e=11320.

Other upcoming events:

Tuesday: Ann Arbor SPARK Marketing Roundtable - Visual Marketing & Branding. 5-7 p.m. SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. Free. Details, including how to watch a webcast of event: http://www.annarborusa.org/events/details?e=11306.

Tuesday: Ann Arbor Chapter of the Optical Society of America Talk - "New Frontiers in Non-Linear Optics" with Dr. Stephen C. Rand, U-Mich Physics. 8-10 p.m. University of Michigan (North Campus), EECS Building, room 1005, Ann Arbor. Free. More info: http://www.annarborusa.org/events/details?e=11511.

Dec. 14: Sandler Training Entrepreneur Luncheon. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sandler Training - Ann Arbor, 501 Avis Drive, Ann Arbor. Free. More info and registration: 734-821-4830 or business@annarbor.com. Sign up for the weekly Business Review email newsletter here.