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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
Director of Environmental Programs
Ohio University Voinovich School


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Second OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium April 4-5, 2018

Register today for the OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium 2018!
Click here to register now!

Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and College of Arts & Sciences invite you to attend the OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium on April 4-5, 2018. The event will be held at the Ohio University Dublin Integrated Education Center in Dublin, Ohio.

The 2018 Symposium builds off of an inaugural event last year in Athens. More than 80 attendees from across the state and region joined our OHIO research team to discuss the changing landscape of shale development. The purpose of the event is to explore ways in which regional communities and businesses can attract, develop, and retain the benefits derived from shale development activity using innovative policies, partnerships and technologies for a strong energy future.

The Symposium is organized into two distinct days:

  • Optional Pre-Trip, Wednesday, April 4 (10am-5pm): Roundtrip transportation from Dublin will be provided for our attendees to our university research labs in Athens, Ohio to learn from the faculty, staff and students researching innovative technologies that improve efficiencies in the production, delivery and monitoring of shale gas. (Or meet us there!)
  • Full Day Symposium, Thursday, April 5 (8am-4pm): A dual-track agenda highlighting policy and technology developments in the shale space is planned, as well as plenary sessions on topics such as managing risk and the impacts of global markets on Ohio’s build out. We are delighted to host PUCO Commissioner M. Beth Trombold as our morning keynote!

Click here for the full agenda in .pdf as of March 20.

Click here to register for the OHIO Shale Symposium 2018! Complimentary registration is available for student, academic, government and nonprofit attendees. See the registration page for details.

Questions? Contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu or 740-537-0112.

The Shale Innovation Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences examining the impact of shale development on businesses and communities in Ohio’s shale region. This project is generously supported by a three-year Innovation Strategy Award from the Ohio University Research Division.

Tags: Air,Energy,Policy,Shale,Water

Webinar: Severance Taxes & Wealth Retention in Shale Country

On December 6, 2017, Ohio University hosted a Shale Innovation Project webinar entitled, "Severance Taxes & Wealth Retention in Shale Country." Severance taxes are important sources of revenue to many state governments in the U.S. that can be used for a variety of purposes such as funding current expenditures or creating permanent trust funds. Our panel of experts discussed energy taxes as they relate to regional wealth management and economic development strategies to bolster local economies. To view the speakers' presentations in .pdf, click on their names below.

Click here to view the webinar which is archived on the Voinovich School YouTube channel.

Tags: Energy,Policy,Shale

Webinar: Methane Regulations: Federal, State and Local Trends

On October 18, 2017, Ohio University hosted a Shale Innovation Project Webinar entitled, “Methane Regulation: Federal, State, and Local Trends.” Our expert panel of speakers covered the evolution and impact of methane regulations, the future of industry activity in response to regulation and other voluntary emissions reduction programs, and how policymakers can balance growth and environmental best practices. To view the speakers' presentations in .pdf, click on their names below.

The webinar is archived for viewing on the Voinovich School YouTube Channel here.

Tags: Air,Shale