Registration for the ninth annual Shale Network Workshop is now open. The theme of the 2020 workshop is “Shale Gas: Future and Developing Issues” and includes presentations on the health effects related to shale gas development by Donna Vorhees, director of energy research at the Health Effects Institute, and Joan Casey, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University. The workshop will be held May 14-15 at the Graduate Hotel in State College, Pa.
The workshop provides an opportunity for citizen scientists, researchers, government officials, energy company representatives, and environmental professionals to compare lessons learned about water and environmental issues within areas where shale energy development is occurring.
The 2020 workshop features a field trip to several alternative energy-related sites on the Penn State campus, including a gas-powered steam plant, solar array, nuclear reactor, and other available facilities. Participants who want to visit the nuclear reactor must provide their home address information when they register for the workshop. The tentative field trip schedule is as follows:
|9:30 a.m.||Meet at The Graduate|
|9:45 a.m.||Depart for field trip|
|10:30 a.m.||Visit the Sandy Ridge wind farm (tentative per company approval)|
|11:15 a.m.||Depart from wind farm|
|12:00 p.m.||Arrive on Penn State campus, lunch (pack your own) with discussion on PSU campus energy conservation initiatives|
|1:00 p.m.||Break into two groups to tour the Brazealle Nuclear Reactor and East Campus Steam Plant|
|3:00 p.m.||Tour the Penn State solar array|
|4:00 p.m.||Arrive back at The Graduate|
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. Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has also provided funding in past years.
2020 Shale Network Workshop TENTATIVE Agenda
|Thursday, May 14, 2020|
|9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Field trip: Energy Choices, Energy Footprints: Toward a Decarbonized Future|
|***All sessions are in the 1855 Room and Coaly Ballroom at The Graduate unless noted otherwise***|
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
|5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Poster presenters, put posters up for Ice Breaker in 1855 Room. Posters will be left up through Friday.
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
|Group Discussion: Energy Transitions and their Environmental Impacts
Moderators: Jennifer Baka, David Yoxtheimer (Penn State University)
Representative from US Energy Information Agency (TBA), TBA (PA Governor’s Office of Energy or DEP), Ken Davis (Penn State University), TBA (Shell Oil Company), Jim Pivirotto (Senior Energy Analyst and Project Manager, Envinity), Matt Mehalik (Breathe Project)
|Friday, May 15, 2020|
|***All sessions are in the Coaly Ballroom at The Graduate unless noted otherwise***|
Breakfast located in Coaly Ballroom
Continental Breakfast and Poster Setup
|8:00 a.m.||Introduction to the Workshop: Using Data to Promote Better Dialogue about Future and Developing Issues around Shale Gas Development
Susan L. Brantley (Penn State University); Jennifer Baka (Penn State University)
|8:20 a.m.||Title to be added
Denise Brinley (Executive Director at PA Governor’s Office of Energy)
Challenges in Health-based Research Near Oil & Gas Development
Jim Fabisiak (University of Pittsburgh)
|9:00 a.m.||Community Perspectives and Responses to Pipeline Development and Public Health Risks
Kirk Jalbert (Arizona State University)
|9:20 a.m.||Health-based Evaluation of Ambient Air Measurements Near a Marcellus Shale Unconventional Natural Gas Well Pad Site and a School Campus
Christopher Long (Gradient Corporation)
|9:40 a.m.||Break for Coffee
Speakers, please upload talks for next session
|10:00 a.m.||Unconventional Natural Gas Development in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale: The Current Public Health Perspective
Joan Casey (Columbia University)
|10:20 a.m.||A Closer Look at the Methods Behind Epidemiology Studies of Unconventional Resource Development
Judy Wendt Hess (Shell Health Risk Science Team, Shell Oil Company)
|10:40 a.m.||Approaches to Understanding Health Risks from Exposure to Shale Gas Development
Anna Rosofsky (Health Effects Institute)
11:00 a.m. -
|Panel Discussion: Sorting out Real and Unreal Health Effects Related to Unconventional Resource Development: How do Different People Look at the Same Data and Come to Different Conclusions (and What Does It All Mean)?
Stephanie Hasanali (PA Department of Health), Joan Casey (Columbia University), Donna Vorhees (Health Effects Institute), Kirk Jalbert (Arizona State University), Judy Wendt Hess (Shell Oil Company)
|12:10 - 12:30 p.m.||One-minute “advertisements” by each poster presenter about their poster|
|12:30 - 1:30 p.m.||Reception-Style Lunch and Mill-Around Poster Session
Afternoon speakers, please upload talks
Coffee service located in 1855 Room
|Coaly Ballroom A||Coaly Ballroom B|
|1:30 p.m.||TBA||Pipeline development from the Regulatory Perspective
Domenic Rocco (PA Department of Environmental Protection)
|1:50 p.m.||Managing Produced Water in a New Decade
Loren Anderson (Marcellus Shale Coalition)
Jon Dufalla (Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC)
|Community Challenges and Choices Amidst Petrochemical Development
Matt Mehalik (Breathe Project)
|2:10 p.m.||Produced Water: Policy Considerations Concerning Disposal and Reuse Now and in the Future
Megan Garvey (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
|Overview of Air Quality Monitoring Program for Shell’s Petrochemical Facility in Monaca, PA
Jim Sewell (Shell Chemical Company)
|2:30 p.m.||Break for coffee, rooms opened back up for Final Plenary|
|2:50 p.m.||Environmental Hazards and Local Investment: Evidence from Over Half a Century of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
Max Harleman (University of Pittsburgh)
|3:10 p.m.||A Legal Perspective on What is Happening with Abandoned Wells in Pennsylvania (exact title to be added)
Michael Brayme (PA Department of Environmental Protection)
|3:30 p.m.||Performance of Historical Plug Jobs: Methane Emissions from Plugged Wells
Harry Wise, Seth Pelepko (PA Department of Environmental Protection)
|3:50 p.m.||An Update on Quantification of Methane Emissions using Atmospheric Measurements
Kenneth J. Davis, Zachary R. Barkley (Penn State University)
|4:10 p.m.||Wrap Up Plenary Discussion: What Do We Need to Do Next?
Susan L. Brantley, Dave Yoxtheimer, Jennifer Baka
|4:30 p.m.||Assessment and Adjournment
Poster presenters, please remove your posters promptly
Continuing professional education
Attendees can receive:
- Professional Development Hours for professional engineers, land surveyors and geologists.
- Become a Shale Network member