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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Workshop on Risks of Unconventional Shale Gas Development

May 30-31, 2013

The large-scale development of natural gas resources from deep shale formations has raised a host of concerns about risks to the environment and human health. This workshop will provide a comprehensive, evidence-based look at the scope, nature, and magnitude of environmental risks of unconventional shale gas development. Which risks concern people? What do we know about them? What do we need to know? Which risks pose major challenges? are all questions this workshop will address. The workshop will include discussions of the current state of knowledge on risks of concern and promote a broad and balanced assessment of the issues including presentations by invited experts, discussant comments from experts offering contrasting perspectives, and time for open discussion on each topic.


Video archives of the workshop presentations (scrolling list below screen): 

PowerPoints and Abstracts of Presentations (and some Discussants)

Concerns About Shale Gas Risks: Results from a Public Elicitation — Abstract   PPT
   Thomas Webler, Social and Environmental Research Institute, Greenfield MA

Operational Risks in Shale Gas Development —
Abstract   PPT
   Kris J. Nygaard, ExxonMobil Corporation
Mark Zoback, Stanford University — PPT
Meagan Mauter, Carnegie-Mellon University — PPT

Risks of Shale Gas Exploration and Hydraulic Fracturing to Water Resources in the U.S. —
Abstract  PPT
  Avner Vengosh, Duke University
Discussant: Jean Philippe Nicot, University of Texas — PPT 

Air Impacts of Gas Shale Extraction and Distribution —
Abstract   PPT 
   Christopher W. Moore, Desert Research Institute, Reno NV
Discussant: Gabrielle Petron, NOAA and University of Colorado — PPT  

Public Health Risks in Shale Gas Development — 
Abstract   PPT
   John Adgate, Colorado School of Public Health
David Brown, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project — PPT
Tiffany Bredfeldt, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality — PPT 
Ecological Risks of Shale Gas Development — Abstract   PPT
   Zack Bowen, U.S. Geological Service
Discussant: Margaret Brittingham, Pennsylvania State University — PPT

Implications of Shale Gas Development for Climate Change — Abstract   PPT
   Richard Newell, Duke University
Discussant: Jason Bordoff, Center for Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Risks to Communities from Shale Gas Development — Abstract   PPT
   Jeffrey Jacquet, South Dakota State University
Discussant: Susan Christopherson, Cornell UniversityPPT

Interactions Among Risks
— Abstract  PPT
   Alan Krupnick, Resources for the Future
Risks from Unexpected Events in Complex Systems — Charles Perrow, Yale University
Risks to Trust and Functioning in Communities — Roger Kasperson, Clark UniversityPPT

What have we learned from this workshop?  Priorities for Further Study  (form to fill out)

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