2019 Shale Network Workshop agenda now available

Shale Network has released the agenda for the 2019 workshop. The workshop will be held May 16 and 17 at The Nittany Lion Inn in State College, Pa. The full agenda is available below. Please click here to download a PDF version.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Field Trip to Eureka Resources, LLC and Wayne Township Landfill
(Meet in The Nittany Lion Inn main lobby at 9:30 a.m. to depart at 9:45 a.m.)
David Yoxtheimer (Penn State University) 

***All Sessions are in Boardrooms 1 & 2 at The Nittany Lion Inn unless noted otherwise***

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Outside Boardrooms 1 & 2


5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Boardroom 1

Ice Breaker
Poster presenters: put posters up for Ice Breaker and poster presentation during lunch Friday. 

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Boardroom 2

Group Discussion (facilitated by the PA Coal – Gas Committee): Issues Related to the Interface of Coal Mining and Natural Gas DevelopmentModerators:
Susan L. Brantley (Penn State University), Seth Pelepko (PA DEP)

Greg Rumbaugh (MSHA Technical Services), John Love (Dominion Energy Transmission), Carl Carlson (Range Resources), Casey Saunders (Consol), Heather Dougherty, Daniel Su, Steven Schatzel (NIOSH)  


Friday, May 17, 2019
***All Sessions are in Boardrooms 1 & 2 at The Nittany Lion Inn unless noted otherwise***

7:15 a.m.
Outside Boardrooms 1 & 2


7:30 a.m.
Breakfast located outside Boardrooms

Continental Breakfast and Poster Setup
Speakers, please upload talks before session starts
Poster presenters: put posters up before 8:00 a.m. and remove by 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

Shale Network: Promoting Better Dialogue about Environmental Issues around Shale Gas Development for Communities
Susan L. Brantley (Penn State University), Shale Network Team

8:20 a.m.

Collaboration in Shale Gas Development: The Case of the Center for Responsible Shale Development
Jared Cohon (Carnegie Melon University; Chair of the Center for Responsible Shale Development) 

8:40 a.m.

The Trajectory of Shale Gas Development, Natural Gas Liquids, and the Plastics Industry in the Northeastern USA
Warren Wilczewski (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

9:00 a.m.

Petrochemical Facility Overview and Update, Monaca PA: The "Cracker Plant”
Jim Sewell (Environmental Manager, Shell Chemical Company)

9:20 a.m.

Involving Communities in Decision Making: The PA “Cracker Plant”
Jennifer Baka (Penn State University)

9:40 a.m. Mapping and Reservoir Characterization of Geologic Intervals for Natural Gas Liquids Storage Applications
Kristin Carter (PA Geological Survey; Douglas G. Patchen (WV University Research Corporation); Jessica P. Moore (West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey); Mohammad Fakhari (Ohio Division of Geologic Survey); Gary Daft, Philip Dinterman (West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey); Michael P. Solis (Ohio Division of Geologic Survey); Robin V. Anthony, Katherine W. Schmid, Brian J. Dunst, Antonette Markowski, Stephen Shank (PA Geological Survey)
10:00 a.m. Where Does Frac Water Come From?  An Overview of Regulatory and Monitoring Experiences from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission with Focus on Natural Gas Development
James Shallenberger (Susquehanna River Basin Commission)
10:20 a.m.

Coffee Break
Speakers, please upload talks for next session

10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Can Government, Industry, and Citizenry Work Together? How It Works and How It Could Work
Afton Sterling (Southwestern Energy), Jessica Shirley (PA Department of Environmental Protection), Jennifer Baka (Penn State University), Matthew Mehalik (Breathe Project)

11:30 p.m.

Beneficial Re-Use of Shale Gas Brines?
Nathaniel Warner, Thomas J. Geeza (Penn State University); David P. Gillikin (Union College); Bonnie McDevitt, Katherine Van Sice, Audrey Stallworth, Frank Dorman, William Burgos, Patrick Drohan, Katherine E. Marak, Miriam Arak Freedman (Penn State University)

11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Reception-Style Lunch and Poster Session
Afternoon speakers, please upload talks 

Coffee service located outside Boardrooms

Boardroom 1
From Imacts to Exposure

Boardroom 2
Connecting Science and Communities

1:00 p.m.

A Semi-Quantitative Geospatial Pollutant-Specific Exposure Metric for Use in Health Studies Associated with Unconventional Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania
James Fabisiak (University of Pittsburgh)

Petrochemical Development and Plastics: Community Impacts and Economics
Matthew Mehalik (Breathe Project)

1:20 p.m.

Investigating Hydrocarbon Sources in Upland Groundwater, Marcellus Shale Region, Northeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New York
Bruce Lindsey, Peter B. McMahon, Matthew Conlon (U.S. Geological Survey)

Connecting Community Organizations, Schools, and Volunteers through Water Quality Monitoring
Holly Travis, Katie Farnsworth (Indiana University of PA); Matt Genchur (Stormwater Education Partnership)

1:40 p.m.

What to do with shale gas brines if recycling for hydraulic fracturing is not feasible?
Radisav D. Vidic, Vikas Khanna (University of Pittsburgh)

Working with citizen scientists and homeowners to understand hydrocarbon-related contamination of water resources near oil and gas development
Josh Woda, Tao Wen (Penn State University); Jacob Lemon (Trout Unlimited); Frederick B. Zelt (Independent Geoscientist); Chuck Keeports (National Forest Service); Susan L. Brantley, (Penn State University)

2:00 p.m.  Break for coffee, rooms opened back up for Plenary
2:15 p.m. Methane Emissions from New and Legacy Oil and Gas Development
Mary Kang (McGill University)
2:35 p.m.

Methane Emissions from Unconventional Natural Gas Production in the Marcellus Shale
Zachary Barkley, Ken Davis (Penn State University); Thomas Lauvaux (Universite Paris-Saclay); Aijun Deng (Utopus Insights, Inc); Natasha Miles, Scott Richardson (Penn State University); Colm Sweeney, Alan Fried (University of Colorado)  

2:55 p.m.

A Status Report on the Management of Legacy Well Liability by PA DEP
Seth Pelepko, Harry Wise, Serena Oldhouser (PA DEP)

3:15 p.m.

A Legal Perspective on Abandoned Wells in Pennsylvania
Katherine Knickelbein and Rick Watling (Office of Chief Counsel for the PA DEP)

3:35 p.m.

Wrap Up Plenary Discussion: What Do We Need to Do Next?
Susan L. Brantley, Radisav Vidic, Jennifer Baka

4:00 p.m.

Assessment and Adjournment
Poster presentersplease remove your posters promptly.