Registration open for 2018 Shale Network Conference

Update: The full workshop agenda is now available 

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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. Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) also provides funding.

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). 


May 17 -

9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Field Trip to Mock Spill Event on Black Moshannon Creek (Meet in The Atherton Hotel lobby at 9:45 a.m.)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Registration, lobby of The Atherton Hotel

3 - 5 p.m: Computer module, 116 Steidle Building on PSU campus (15-minute walk from The Atherton Hotel; field trip participants will be able to attend)

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Registration, Regency Ballroom, The Atherton Hotel

6:30 - 8 p.m.: Icebreaker, Regency Ballroom, The Atherton Hotel

May 18 -

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Workshop and Poster Session, The Atherton Hotel

Click here for a more detailed, final agenda  

Click here to register for 2018 workshop 

Continuing Professional Education

Attendees can receive: 

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

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