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The accelerated pace of unconventional oil and gas development in eastern Ohio has opened up many opportunities and created many questions about the future of the region. As a major research institution located within the state’s Utica and Marcellus shale plays, Ohio University has a responsibility to address the complex economic, social, environmental and technical questions associated with shale development in Ohio. CE3’s deep-rooted understanding of the regional players and politics allows us to work with local governments, communities, businesses and non-profit groups, presenting fact-based research and studies that help address the impacts that shale development is having on Ohio’s economy and environment.

CE3’s work to date related to shale demonstrates a range of expertise and the priority we place on maximizing our regional assets to provide unbiased research, outreach and learning opportunities. Examples of our work include:

  • Advanced fuels research
  • Advanced materials development
  • Business assistance and supply chain management
  • Community surveys
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Data management, mapping and spatial analysis
  • Environmental monitoring and mitigation

Point of Contact

Jen Bowman
Interim Director of Environmental Programs
Ohio University Voinovich School


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Webinar: OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium Recap

This installment of the Shale Innovation Webinar Series, hosted by Ohio University on May 31, 2017, highlighted key policy research activities discussed at the OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium in April. From understanding the industry's impacts on public infrastructure and regional communities to exploring best practices for leveraging economic contributions for wealth retention, researchers at Ohio University are on the front lines of studying the boom and bust cycles of regional oil and gas development. Our Ohio University panel was pleased to host Dana Saucier, Managing Director, Shale Energy & Petrochemical at JobsOhio, as a panelist. The webinar can be watched in full on our CE3 YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/syz6jgvRLq8.

  • Moderator: Michael J. Zimmer, Executive in Residence, OHIO Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Mike Zimmer has been an Executive in Residence at the Voinovich School and Russ College of Engineering since 2007 and currently works with Ohio University on food, energy and water development issues; energy efficiency, technology and finance; and project management and public-private partnership development issues in the Appalachian region. A national expert on energy policy, corporate sustainability, clean tech transactions and finance, Mr. Zimmer has held many prestigious positions of leadership and counsel on behalf of trade associations, advisory groups and boards of directors across the energy landscape. He retired from Thompson Hine LLP and private law practice at the end of 2013 and continues in numerous research and consulting roles. He received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
  • Dana Saucier, Managing Director, Shale Energy & Petrochemical, JobsOhio. Dana Saucier is the managing director for Shale Energy & Petrochemicals and Agribusiness & Food Processing Industries at JobsOhio. He assists existing and new companies looking to expand in Ohio understand and leverage Ohio’s diverse energy markets and infrastructure. In addition, Mr. Saucier supports Ohio entrepreneurs seeking to create, launch, and grow new businesses in the state. Prior to joining JobsOhio, he spent more than 20 years in the energy industry with Accent Energy and Enron. He is a graduate of the University of Maine.
  • Dr. Daniel Karney, Assistant Professor, OHIO Department of Economics. Dr. Karney is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Ohio University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. From 2004-2007, Dr. Karney worked at ICF International in Fairfax, VA as a consultant in energy and environmental policy. In 2004, Daniel received his B.A. in economics and mathematics from Grinnell College. Click here for Dr. Karney's presentation in .pdf.
  • Dr. Gilbert Michaud, Adjunct Assistant Professor & Cluster Analyst, OHIO Voinovich School. Dr. Michaud is an adjunct assistant professor and cluster analyst at the Ohio University Voinovich School. In this role, he conducts economic impact and feasibility studies, industry cluster analyses, program evaluations, and other research associated with Ohio University’s U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center and the Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment (CE3). Broadly, his research focuses on economic development and renewable energy policy. Previously, Dr. Michaud worked as an economics content author for Sapling Learning, Inc., as well as the lead researcher for the Energy & Power segment of U.S. Business Executive Journal. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy & administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Click here for Dr. Michaud's presentation in .pdf.
  • Jonathan Norris, Researcher & MSES Candidate, OHIO Voinovich School. Jonathan Norris is a first-year candidate for a master of science in environmental studies. In 2014, he graduated from Ohio University with a degree in engineering technology and management. Mr. Norris then worked as a consulting engineer for an international consulting firm based in Cincinnati, OH. His research interests include energy policy, innovation systems, and the transition of communities that have been historically dependent on resource extraction toward sustainable, carbon-constrained, and economically-diverse futures. Click here for Mr. Norris's presentation in .pdf.

Please contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu with any questions or suggestions for future webinar topics.

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Shale Innovation Project

In 2016, the Voinovich School began work on the project “Preventing a Bust: Innovations for Sustainable & Enhanced Economic Outcomes from Shale,” an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the Voinovich School, and the College of Arts and Sciences to examine the impact of shale development on businesses and communities in Ohio’s shale region. Referred to as the Shale Innovation Project, this seven-pronged body of work in policy and technology is generously supported by a three-year Innovation Strategy Award from the Ohio University Research Division. In April 2017, Ohio University hosted the OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium. The event convened a select group of invited oil and gas industry leaders, government agencies and officials, academic experts, and regional stakeholders to discuss ways in which the region can attract, develop, and retain the benefits derived from shale development activity locally. The discussion also addressed problems confronting the industry and local communities and potential solutions to create a stronger energy future in the region. For more information and to stay apprised of related upcoming events, please contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu.

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Webinar: Jobs and Workforce Development in Ohio’s Shale Industry

On December 7, 2016, from 12:00-1:30 pm, the Voinovich School hosted a complimentary webinar which examined workforce development in Ohio related to oil and gas development. Our panel of experts also presented innovative measures that can deepen and diversify opportunities for the regional workforce. The webinar can be watched in full on our CE3 YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/rtrmHThAw7Q. To read the supporting white paper, please click here to be redirected. Our speakers included:

  • Rhonda L. Reda, Executive Director, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation (Foundation): Before helping to form OOGEEP in 1997, Rhonda Reda served as vice president, internal affairs and public information for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and also worked for several oil and gas companies.  Collectively, she has more than 28 years of experience in the crude oil and natural gas industry. Reda is an active member of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Ohio Geological Society (OGS).  She is a graduate of OHIO and Edison State College. Click here for Ms. Reda's presentation in .pdf.
  • Dan Schweitzer, Director, Oil & Gas, Environmental, CDL, Stark State College and Director, ShaleNET: Dan Schweitzer’s responsibilities include project scoping, curriculum development, degree program steering, community and industry outreach, course instruction, and workforce training development. One of Dan’s primary duties is to integrate the needs of the Appalachian Basin laborshed into college degree and workforce training programs. Schweitzer received his B.S. and M.S. in geology from Kent State University and has more than 10 years of experience as a geologist and project manager in environmental remediation, assessment and contaminant fate and transport. Click here for Mr. Schweitzer's presentation in .pdf.
  • Joel S. Yudken, Ph.D., Principal, High Road Strategies, LLC: Joel Yudken is the founder of High Road Strategies of Arlington, VA, an economic policy research, analysis and design consultancy, with a focus on sustainable manufacturing, energy and workforce issues. His clients have included industry, labor, public policy, environmental, academic, and government organizations. Yudken has held positions previously with AFL-CIO, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and as congressional staff. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a M.S. in management science and engineering and Ph.D. in technology and society from Stanford University. Click here for Mr. Yudken's presentation in .pdf.
  • Moderator: Jonathan Norris, Researcher, Ohio University Voinovich School: Jonathan Norris is a researcher with OHIO’s Shale Innovation Project. His research interests include energy policy, innovation systems, and the transition of communities historically dependent on resource extraction toward sustainable, carbon-constrained, and economically diverse futures. Previously, Norris worked as a consulting engineer for Tata Consultancy Services in Cincinnati. He has a B.S. in engineering technology and management from OHIO and is currently pursuing his M.S. in environmental studies from OHIO. Click here for Mr. Norris' presentation in .pdf.

Tags: Shale