Day-long Workshop on Shale Energy Science Set for November 8 at Penn State Great Valley
Posted: October 21, 2012
The geologic structure of shale reservoirs and management of water resources related to shale development are among the topics covered in a short course offered by the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research on Thursday, Nov. 8.
“Introduction to Shale Energy Science: From the Depths to the Surface” will provide science-based research and information on the potential of the shale resources and on the technologies used in shale development. Water quality, methane migration and wastewater management also will be discussed.
This course will be taught by Dr. Michael Arthur, professor of geosciences and co-director, Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, and David Yoxtheimer, P.G., MCOR Extension Associate.
Shale energy resources have been described as a “game changer” with potential to reduce our carbon footprint, stimulate economic development and promote energy independence. But development of this resource also has raised concerns about how to protect natural resources including water, land and air.
“We will be covering a range of topics from horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to the characteristics of the South Newark Basin,” Arthur said. “Attendees also will learn about ongoing research on environmental topics such as methane migration, water management, and flowback reuse technologies.”
The course will provide Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Penn State and the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research have been at the forefront of shale energy development providing educational programs to thousands of Pennsylvania residents, elected officials, landowners and business groups as well as engaging in research to promote the protection of Pennsylvania’s water and environmental resources from adverse impacts of resource extraction.
Short Course #1: Introduction to Shale Science: From the Depths to the Surface is the first in a series of short courses aimed at providing stakeholders with the information needed to understand the opportunities and issues in shale gas development.
For more information or to register, go to http://marcellus.psu.edu/events/shortcourses.php