The hydrofracking panel discussion was the first of its kind at Utica College. Hydrofracking is the process of fracturing rock layer in order to release natural gas. The panel included geologist and an economic development planner as well as a former member of the department of environmental conservation. The forum was held in the library concourse and was open to the public. Experts wanted to hold to forum to better inform people. "There is misinformation out there; it's a very emotional issue for people, so were hoping to clear up some of that with this panel." "There's a difference of opinion, it's going to be invariable a question based upon science versus emotion more than anything else because what the science may be in one area acceptable to some is not necessarily acceptable to others." The economic development planner mentioned tonight how hydrofracking doesn't always equate to more jobs. It's just one additional facet to this already complicated issue.