Save the Date: 2020 Shale Network Workshop to take place May 14-15 in State College, Pa.

A shale gas drilling rig.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Shale Network has announced the theme and dates of the 2020 annual workshop. The theme of the 2020 workshop is “Shale Gas: Future and Developing Issues” and will include 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 take place 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. Registration for the workshop will open in January 2020.

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.