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December 1-2, 2016

Workshop Planning Committee:

Brian AndersonWest Virginia University
Julia Hobson HaggertyMontana State University
Susan BrantleyPennsylvania State University
Joe LimaSchlumberger Services Inc.
Paul DoucetteGE Global Upstream Research Co.
Jan MaresResources for the Future
Amy PickleDuke University
Jeffrey DanielsThe Ohio State University
Kris NygaardExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
Steven HamburgEnvironmental Defense Fund
L. David GlattNorth Dakota Department of Health

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Brief Summary

Oil and gas well completion and stimulation technologies to develop unconventional hydrocarbon resources in the United States have evolved over the past several decades, particularly in relation to the development of shale oil and shale gas. Shale oil and shale gas resources and the technology associated with their production are often termed “unconventional” because the oil and gas trapped inside the shale or other low-permeability rock formation cannot be extracted using conventional technologies. Since about 2005, the application of these technologies to fields in the U.S. have helped produce natural gas and oil in volumes that allowed the country to reduce its crude oil imports by more than 50% and to become a net natural gas exporter. The regional and national economic and energy advances gained through production and use of these resources have been accompanied, however, by rapid expansion of the infrastructure associated with the development of these fields and public concern over the impacts to surface- and groundwater, air, land, and communities where the resources are extracted.