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December 1-2, 2016

Workshop Planning Committee:

Brian Anderson, West Virginia University
Julia Hobson Haggerty, Montana State University
Susan Brantley, Pennsylvania State University
Joe Lima, Schlumberger Services Inc.
Paul Doucette, GE Global Upstream Research Co.
Jan Mares, Resources for the Future
Amy Pickle, Duke University
Jeffrey Daniels, The Ohio State University
Kris Nygaard, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
Steven Hamburg, Environmental Defense Fund
L. David Glatt, North Dakota Department of Health

Brief Summary

The oil and gas industry has been transformed in recent years by the development of new technologies that allow access to shale oil and shale gas. The subsequent rapid expansion of oil and gas infrastructure has sparked public concern over potential impacts to surface- and groundwater, air, and land where the resources are extracted. At a December 2016 workshop, representatives of federal and state government, industry, non-governmental organizations, and academia gathered at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to discuss opportunities and challenges to ensure the successful management of oil and gas fields throughout their lifecycle—from initial development through decommissioning and reclamation—in ways that minimize risk to the environment.