Findings from RFF’S Initiative “Managing the Risks of Shale Gas Development”

Experts from RFF's Center for Energy Economics and Policy presented findings from the Managing the Risks of Shale Gas Development research initiative.


June 27, 2013

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Sustainable large-scale development of shale gas in the United States will require a better understanding of its environmental risks, as well as the government regulations and industry best practices that appropriately address these risks. For the past 18 months, researchers in RFF’s Center for Energy Economics and Policy (CEEP) have been leading a multi-faceted initiative—Managing the Risks of Shale Gas Development—that to date includes surveys of experts and the public to identify priority risks, analyses of some of these risks, and an assessment of regulatory frameworks at the state level.

Join CEEP researchers on June 27 as they present findings from this research initiative. The half-day seminar will include the following:

  • a brief review of findings from research released earlier in the initiative;
  • the results of several new analyses; and
  • discussions of cross-cutting findings and directions for future research.

The seminar will conclude with representatives from state and federal governments, industry, the non-governmental sector, and academia giving their perspectives on these findings in the broader context of understanding and managing the risks of shale gas development.


9:00 – 9:10 a.m.​ Welcome and Introduction (Phil Sharp, RFF)​9:10 – 9:25 a.m.​ Initiative Overview (Alan Krupnick, RFF)
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​9:25 – 10:45 a.m.​ New Research Results 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.​ Cross-Cutting Findings and Future Research (Alan Krupnick, RFF)​
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​11:00 - 11:10 a.m. ​Coffee Break
11:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.​ Reflections on Findings and Future Research 12:20 - 12:30 p.m.​

Concluding Remarks​

  • State Regulatory Analysis (Nathan Richardson, RFF)
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  • Property Values and Groundwater Contamination Risk (Lucija Muehlenbachs, RFF)
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  • Wastewater Characteristics in Pennsylvania (Jhih-Shyang Shih and Sheila Olmstead, RFF)
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  • Attitudes from the Public on Shale Gas Development (Juha Siikamäki, RFF)
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  • Michael Krancer, Partner, Blank Rome LLP; and former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Land & Wildlife Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Andrew Place, Corporate Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, EQT; and Interim Director of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development
  • Mitchell Small, H. John Heinz Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Kevin Teichman, Senior Science Advisor, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency

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