Advances in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing have sparked a natural gas boom from shale formations in the United States. These two processes allowed shale gas development to move into areas that previously were not accessible, especially into populated communities and regions. This expansion brought about questions of public safety and the environmental consequences of shale gas production, including the impact on human health possible damage to ground and surface water, habitat destruction, air pollution and seismicity. The industry has often been challenged to respond to wide swings in natural gas prices, budget cuts, regulations designed for conventional gas developments, deeply polarized debates and insufficient information about hydraulic fracturing and its regulation.
As a result, shale gas governance remains a halting patchwork of rules that seem to undermine opportunities to effectively characterize and mitigate development risk. The situation is dynamic, with research and incremental regulatory advances underway. A variety of strategies are available for policymakers that might, subject to political and economic constraints, balance development and legislation between – people, planet and prosperity.
This presentation by expert speaker Dr. Barry Stevens is about one of the most important of those strategies: regulation! The session will cover topics like:
The session comes at the right time to provide a platform for various industry representatives that includes operators and environmentalists, NGOs, campaigners and academicians to come together and discuss the environmental aspects of shale gas extraction and production.
Various new gas developments have brought about changes in the socio-economic and environmental landscape, especially places where production and exploration have been newly started. These changes have brought questions regarding the unconventional nature of oil and gas production and have also raised fingers on the current regulatory structure’s ability to protect public health and environment.
Today, unconventional oil and gas recovery is accomplished within a solid framework of laws and regulations that have been developed over many decades. The challenge, however, is to properly balance development and regulations between people, profits and planets.
To this end:
Attending this session will help you:
Please note: This session covers shale gas regulations, not those pertaining to conventional, and other unconventional resources.
Who Should Attend
Also, Energy consultants, reservoir engineers, asset and evaluation professionals, project managers, production engineers, well completion engineers, geologists, drilling & completion engineers, business development managers, NOC/IOC, independent oil company, oil services company and equipment providers.
Dr. Barry Stevens
Dr. Barry Stevens is the founder and president of TBD America, Inc. a Technology Business Development consulting group serving the public and private sectors in the energy, fuels and water treatment industries. Barry has deep industry knowledge and front line experience in unconventional gas development (shale gas... More info