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Media sources: Oil, gas and the environment

Aug 19, 2015

The following University of the Pacific faculty are available to comment on topics related to energy and the environment, including the EPA's proposed rules to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

Environmental impacts of fracking and other gas and oil well stimulation treatments
William T. Stringfellow, director of the Environmental Measurements Laboratory at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and director of the Ecological Engineering Research Program at University of the Pacific, is part of a team of scientists who conducted a state-mandated assessment of the environmental impacts of oil and gas well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in California. The final parts of the study were released in June. Stringfellow has published dozens of other scientific articles on the effects of gas and oil well stimulation treatments. Contact: Keith Michaud, Office of Marketing and Communications, 209.946.3275,

Treatment of wastewater from oil and gas production
Mary Kay Camarillo, an assistant professor of civil engineering at University of the Pacific and a visiting faculty member at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focuses her research on hydraulic fracking, wastewater treatment, water security and biomass energy. She is an associate researcher in Pacific's Ecological Engineering Research Program. Contact: Mary Kay Camarillo, 209.946.3056,

Environmental law, energy, oil and gas regulations
Rachael Salcido, a professor of law at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, can talk about laws and regulations dealing with energy, oil and gas, mining, and environmental protection. She directs the law school's environmental law concentration and sits on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization that includes representatives from 30 law schools (including McGeorge), 13 bar associations, and 18 mining and oil and gas associations. Contact: Bethany Daniels Muhlhauser, McGeorge Communications, 916.739.7152,

Energy policy, price impacts on consumers and businesses
Economist Jeffrey Michael, professor at University of the Pacific's Eberhardt School of Business and director of its Center for Business and Policy Research, has studied energy policy, climate change policy, and electricity and gas price impacts on consumers and businesses. He leads a team of economists that continuously studies factors affecting the state's economy and blogs about local, regional and state economic issues. Contact: Jeffrey Michael, 209.946.7385,

Media contact:
Keith Michaud | 209.946.3275 (office) | 209.470.3206 (cell) |

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