Registration now open for 2021 Shale Network Workshop

Registration for the tenth annual Shale Network Workshop is now open. The theme of the 2021 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 virtually on May 13-14.

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 2021 workshop features two virtual field trips - one to a shale gas development site and the other to a solar farm. Workshop participants may attend both field trips; advanced registration is required.

Shale Network is a collaborative effort between Penn State, Syracuse University, and the University of Pittsburgh 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.

2021 Shale Network Workshop TENTATIVE Agenda
Times could change; all talk titles are tentative

Thursday, May 13, 2021
12:00 p.m. Introduction to the Workshop: Using Data to Promote Better Dialogue about Future and Developing Issues around Shale Gas Development

Susan L. Brantley, Jennifer Baka (Penn State)

12:20 p.m. Panel Discussion: Energy Transitions and Their Environmental Impacts

Moderators: Jennifer Baka, David Yoxtheimer (Penn State)

Warren Wilczewski (U.S. Energy Information Administration [EIA]), Kris Perritt (Repsol), Jason Grottini (Envinity), Matt Mehalik (Breathe Project), Allen Landis (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative [RGGI])

1:40 p.m. Break
1:55 p.m. Invited Talk: To Be Announced
Joan Casey (Columbia University)
2:15 p.m. Challenges in Health-Based Research Near Oil & Gas Development
Jim Fabisiak (University of Pittsburgh)
2:35 p.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)
2:55 p.m. To Be Announced
Uni Blake (American Petroleum Institute [API])
3:15 p.m. Approaches to Understanding Health Risks from Exposure to Shale Gas Development
Anna Rosofsky (Health Effects Institute)
3:35 p.m. Break
3:45 p.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)?

Moderator: Seth Shonkoff (PSE Healthy Energy)

Joan Casey (Columbia University), Donna Vorhees (Health Effects Institute), Uni Blake (API), Evelyn Talbot (University of Pittsburgh), Heaven Sensky (Center for Coalfield Justice)

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Shale Gas Development Virtual Field Trip – Preregistration is Required Pre-recorded Talk Q and A Session 1
Moderators: Tao Wen, Sam Shaheen
Friday, May 14, 2021
8:00 a.m. Solar Farm Virtual Field Trip – Preregistration is Required Pre-recorded Talk Q and A Session 2
Moderators: Jenn Baka, Owen Harrington
9:00 a.m. Pipeline Development from the Regulatory Perspective
Domenic Rocco, Andrew Foley (Regional Permit Coordination Office, PA DEP)
9:20 a.m. Community Perspectives and Responses to Pipeline Development and Public Health Risks
Kirk Jalbert (Arizona State University)
9:40 a.m. Summarizing the Water Quality Data Collected by USGS in 5 U.S. Shale Basins
Bruce Lindsey (U.S. Geological Survey)
10:00 a.m. Managing Produced Water in a New Decade
Loren Anderson (Marcellus Shale Coalition), Jon Dufalla (Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC)
10:20 a.m. Produced Water: Policies Concerning Disposal and Reuse Now, and in the Future (Exact Title to Be Announced)
Taimur Shaikh (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
10:40 a.m. Discussion: Pipelines to Water
11:00 a.m. Overview of Air Quality Monitoring Program for Shell’s Petrochemical Facility in Monaca, PA
Jim Sewell, Kimberly Kaal (Shell Chemical Company)
11:20 a.m. Community Challenges and Choices Amidst Petrochemical Development
Matt Mehalik (Breathe Project)
11:40 a.m. Discussion: Petrochemical Development in SW Pennsylvania
12:00 p.m. Break
12:30 p.m. New Approaches with Plugging Abandoned Wells
Gani Sagingaliyev (Affirmed Resources)
12:50 p.m. Environmental Hazards and Local Investment: A Half-Century of Evidence from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
Max Harleman (University of Pittsburgh)
1:10 p.m. A Legal Perspective on What Is Happening with Abandoned Wells in Pennsylvania
Michael Braymer (PA DEP)
1:30 p.m. Discussion of Abandoned Wells
1:45 p.m. Wrap Up Plenary Discussion: What Do We Need to Do Next?
Susan L. Brantley, Dave Yoxtheimer, Radisav Vidic, Jennifer Baka, Cindy Rogers
2:00 p.m. Adjourn


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  • Professional Development Hours for professional engineers, land surveyors, and geologists.

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