Oil output in the U.S. is poised to surpass that of Saudi Arabia within the next decade, as has been widely noted, but what about the serious if not alarming environmental costs associated with this surge in production? On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Dr. Brian Lutz of the Department of Biology and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He'll soon deliver a free-to-the-public address on "Hydraulic Fracturing vs. Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining" here at the University of Tulsa as part of the 2012-13 Lecture Series from the National Energy Policy Institute (or NEPI). NEPI is a TU-based organization that, per its websites, is "dedicated to identifying economically and environmentally sound solutions to the challenge of reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and to building new businesses based on those solutions." Dr. Lutz's lecture happens tomorrow evening, Wednesday the 28th, at 7pm in Room 219 of Helmerich Hall on the TU campus. You can view his bio in full at this link, and can learn more about NEPI more generally here.