Learn about fracking at Chicago Field Museum

Visitors to Chicago Field Museum can learn about fracking at a new exhibition. View on Map


From 07 June 2013 To 20 January 2014


Chicago Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605

Fracking has proved a controversial and divisive subject in many countries, with the idea of injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks blamed for seismic disturbances in some places.

An ongoing exhibition at the Chicago Field Museum called Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom might therefore be a fascinating place to go for anyone with strong views on the subject.

Guests at Chicago hotels will learn how the process affects the natural world and might be contributing to climate change.

The exhibition also puts forward the opposing argument, with exhibits showing how some believe it could guarantee the US's energy independence and boost the economy.

Visitors will not be told what to think and are instead free to form their own views on whether fracking is a good or a bad thing.

Attendees might then wish to retire to their accommodation, with the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago being particularly suitable, as it is just ten minutes away from the Field Museum by car or taxi.


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