2018 Shale Network Workshop

Integrating data about shale gas development: Toward a more collaborative future

The seventh annual Shale Network workshop is scheduled for May 17 and 18 at the Penn State, University Park campus and the nearby Atherton Hotel in State College.

The workshop facilitates a conversation about water quality and other environmental issues 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 2018 workshop is "Integrating data about shale gas development: Toward a more collaborative future."

Date(s): May 17 and 18, 2018

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

About the Workshop

The workshop provides 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. Participants take part in sharing and interpreting water 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 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection participates in organizing parts of the workshop. 

The workshop steering committee for 2018 includes Susan Brantley, Dave Yoxtheimer and Matt Carroll (Penn State), Radisav Vidic (Pitt), Bob Hendricks (Shell), Liza Brazil (CUASHI), and Cindy Rogers (Evergreen Conservancy). 

Tentative Agenda

May 17 -

Time TBA: Pre-workshop activities: Field Trip and Computer Module

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Icebreaker at Atherton Hotel

May 18 -

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Workshop and Poster Session at Atherton Hotel 

Click here to register for 2018 workshop 

Continuing Professional Education

Attendees can receive: 

  • Act 48 credits for high school teachers 
  • Professional Development Hours for professional engineers, land surveyors and geologists

Please check back for additional information on how to receive credits. 

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