2017 Shale Network Workshop

Sharing data about shale gas development: from drilling to disposal

The sixth annual Shale Network workshop will be held May 18 and 19 on the the Penn State, University Park campus and at the Atherton Hotel in State College, Pa.

The workshop facilitates a conversation about water quality in the Marcellus Shale natural gas play between academics and representatives from government agencies, gas and environmental industries, citizen science groups and more.

The theme of the workshop is “Sharing data about shale gas development from drilling to disposal.”

Date(s): May 18 and 19, 2017

Location: Atherton Hotel, State College, Pa., and Penn State, University Park campus

About the Workshop

All participants will discuss sharing and interpreting water quality and quantity data related to shale gas development.

The Shale Network is a collaborative effort between Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences Inc. (CUAHSI) to collect and analyze data on water quality in the Marcellus Shale drilling region. The workshop will provide an opportunity for nonscientists, researchers, experts, government officials, and members of the gas and environmental industries to compare lessons learned about water issues within the northeastern region of shale gas development. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is co-organizing the workshop.

Tentative Agenda:

Thursday, May 18

  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Field Trip: Visiting a Proposed Site for a UIC Well (Council Run Field) for Waste Disposal. Meet at Atherton Hotel at 10:30 a.m. Transporation will be provided. Participants should bring a packed lunch. 
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. -- Workshop Registration in Atherton Hotel Lobby
  • 2:30 p.m. -- Computer module participants meet in Atherton Hotel Lobby. Walk together to computer lab on PSU Campus, 203 IST Bldg
  • 3 p.m. -- Computer Module Demonstration and Hands-on Exercise: "Environmental Issues Related to Brine Disposal from Oil/Gas Development in Pennsylvania"
  • 6 p.m. -- Poster set up in Regency Ballroom, Atherton Hotel
  • 6 to 7 p.m. -- Workshop Registration, Atherton Hotel Lobby
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. -- Poster Session with reception and cash bar, Regency Ballroom, Atherton Hotel

Friday, May 19

113 IST Building (morning sessions)

  • 7:30 a.m. -- Continental Breakfast 
  • 8 a.m. to noon -- Plenary Speakers 

Earth-Engineering Science Building (EES)

  • Lunch -- Walk to Earth-Engineering Science Building for Lunch and afternoon breakout sessions
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions -- 
    • 114 EES Building -- Surface and Ground Water Issues
    • 116 EES Building -- Brines: From Geological Source to Disposal 

2017 Workshop Registration

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