Past Webinar

Mitigating the Effects of Energy Resource Booms on Water Consumption

Aug 22, 2017

About the Event

This webinar is a joint effort from Penn State University and Resources for the Future (RFF), hosted by RFF.

Rapid resource development can impact local communities through numerous channels. This webinar focused on water withdrawals for natural gas development and the impact of related government regulations.

RFF’s Yusuke Kuwayama and Alexandra Thompson discussed their report on how the Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s Low Flow Protection Policy has influenced water withdrawals for natural gas production from 2009 to 2016. They also addressed the implications for management practices or policies for other oil and gas regions to consider.

David Yoxtheimer, a hydrologist at Penn State University and a voting member of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board, added his perspective on the role of policies in limiting water usage impacts in the Marcellus region.

Sally Entrekin, an associate professor of biology at the University of Central Arkansas, provided a perspective on water use for natural gas development in other regions of the United States, including findings from her research in the Fayetteville Shale region.



  • Yusuke Kuwayama, Fellow and VALUABLES Consortium Director for Socioeconomic Studies, Resources for the Future
  • Alexandra Thompson, Research Associate and GIS Research Coordinator
  • David Yoxtheimer, Hydrologist, Penn State University
  • Sally Entrekin, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Central Arkansas