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Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy presents: The Policy Workshop Webinar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy presents:
The Policy Workshop Webinar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas
Implications of Shale-Gas Development: Frack versus Fiction
October 10, 2012 | 4:00-5:00 PM EDT
Dr. Jim Saiers, Professor of Hydrology, Yale University
The Yale Center for
Environmental Law and Policy invites you to participate in our second
annual policy workshop webinar series, Emerging
Issues in Shale Gas Development. Natural gas extraction
generally, and shale gas extraction in particular, has become a highly
charged issue as stakeholders debate its effects on environmental and
public health and its role in our future energy mix. This webinar series
seeks to answer important questions about extraction, the environment, and
the future of energy by grounding that debate with expert speakers from a
variety of disciplines.
Dr. Jim Saiers, Professor
of Hydrology at Yale University, will launch the series with an overview of
the environmental implications of shale gas development.
His presentation will be
followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Is U.S. shale gas a
blessing or a curse? In this presentation, Professor Saiers will
evaluate several of the claims made by proponents and opponents of
shale-gas development in light of available evidence. More generally,
he will present a primer on shale gas, focusing on the effects of shale-gas
extraction and its attendant activities on the environment. This primer
will cover the nature and supplies of shale gas and the history of the
fracking methods used to unlock this resource. Professor Saiers
will, through the course of the presentation, distinguish between what is
known, only suspected, and unknown, leaving you to decide whether shale gas
is a blessing or a curse, if it's too early to judge, or if its future
defies this either/or characterization.
About the Speaker:
Professor Saiers studies
the circulation of water and the movement of waterborne chemicals in
surface and subsurface environments. One element of his research centers on
quantifying the effects that interactions between hydrological and
geochemical processes have on the migration of contaminants in groundwater.
Another focus is on the dynamics of surface water and groundwater flow in
wetlands and the response of fluid flow characteristics to changes in
climate and water management practices. His work couples field observations
and laboratory-scale experimentation with mathematical modeling.
About the Series:
Hosted and sponsored by the
Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, our second annual webinar
series highlights emerging issues in shale gas development. The series is
publicly available online and promoted to both domestic and international
academic and policy communities, including governmental officials, think
tank analysts, climate change advocates, professors, and students. The
webinar format enables interested parties to access and participate in
these presentations from anywhere in the world.
The series is free and open
to the public.
The next presentation is
scheduled for Thursday, November 8, at 12:00 PM EST. Dr. Ramón Alvarez, a
senior scientist in Environmental Defense Fund's Texas office, will discuss
the ongoing efforts to better quantify the methane losses associated with
natural gas production. Registration is available online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/790770447. For
more information visit the Center website.
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