"Collaborative Efforts, Current Issues and Research Priorities in Unconventional Gas Development"

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 3:00pm
Eastern Daylight Time
Speaker: 
Dr. Jared Cohon, Carnegie Mellon University
President Emeritus, University Professor in the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, Director of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University, and a member of the National Academy of Engineers
Webinar Location: 
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union Building, UMass Amherst

The exploitation of unconventional gas and oil supplies using the technique of hydraulic fracturing has had a very significant impact on US energy supply and use with major economic and environmental implications.  Western Pennsylvania is at the heart of the production of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation.  The region has also seen the emergence of unique, collaborative efforts by industry and environmental groups to control the impacts of shale gas development and to improve the fracking process.  These efforts will be examined, and current issues and research priorities will be discussed.