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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: Severance Taxes & Wealth Retention

Severance taxes are important sources of revenue to many state governments in the U.S. including Alaska and Texas. This revenue can be used for a variety of purposes such as funding current expenditures or creating permanent trust funds. The Shale Revolution across Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania has caused these states to revisit their severance tax policies. This webinar will document the current status of severance taxes across U.S. states, summarizes the current policy debate, and explores the costs and benefits of imposing new, or increasing, severance taxes.

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00-1:30 pm
Register today: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6297172858755137794

More details coming soon!
Questions? Contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu.



Tags: Energy,Policy,Shale

Webinar: Methane Regulations: Federal, State and Local Trends

Ohio University is pleased to host the next Shale Innovation Webinar on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 12:00-1:30 pm entitled, “Methane Regulation: Federal, State, and Local Trends.” Our expert panel of speakers will discuss 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. Our speakers include:

  • 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.
  • Robert F. Hodanbosi P.E., Chief, Division of Air Pollution Control, Ohio EPA. Mr. Hodanbosi became division chief in 1992 and is currently responsible for the air pollution control program for the State of Ohio and development of the programs needed to comply with the Clean Air Act Amendments. In 2004, he was selected to represent state permitting authorities on the Title V Permit Performance Task Force that was formed by the U.S. EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He has also testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on Clean Air Act implications for facilities in Ohio. Mr. Hodanbosi has held numerous positions at the agency in air quality monitoring, planning and permitting. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Air & Waste Management Association and is registered as a professional engineer. He received his M.S. in chemical engineering at Cleveland State University.
  • Melanie Houston, Director, Climate Programs, Ohio Environmental Council. Melanie Houston is responsible for establishing and managing several policy initiatives at the OEC. She is an expert on oil and gas policy, running campaigns to secure the strongest fracking standards in the nation and to hold the industry accountable for air, land and water pollution from oil and gas development. During her time at the OEC, Ms. Houston has briefed congressional and state lawmakers, advised the White House Council on Environmental Quality and testified in front of committees of the Ohio General Assembly. She has been quoted in numerous newspaper, radio and TV outlets including Al Jazeera America and National PBS. Ms. Houston has over a decade of experience advocating for public health protections, local parks and sustainable practices. She earned her M.S. degree from The Ohio State University.
  • Benjamin Schlesinger, Ph.D., Founding President, Benjamin Schlesinger and Associates. Mr. Schlesinger has nearly four decades of experience in managing and carrying out engineering/economic analyses of complex energy issues. He focuses on natural gas commodity movements, contracting and pricing, and forecasting and has advised clients in the U.S., Canada, and 27 other countries. A former vice-president of the American Gas Association and member of the New York Mercantile Exchange’s (NYMEX) Natural Gas Advisory Committee, Mr. Schlesinger has delivered expert testimony before the U.S. Congress and in 18 states and Ontario on the direction of the gas industry, gas contracting, purchase and sales prices, royalty valuations, market value, hedging and risk management, and related industry practices. Mr. Schlesinger also teaches a graduate course in energy economics at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in industrial engineering.

Register for the webinar today! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7566018072794593025

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

Tags: Air,Shale

OHIO Webinar: Shale Midstream Market Trends in Ohio River Valley


On September 20, 2017 from 12:00-1:30 pm, the Voinovich School hosted a webinar exploring the connections between resource extraction and wealth retention.

The webinar discussed how drilling for oil and gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays may have slowed in recent years, but the region is poised for the next phase of industry development: the midstream. It focused specifically on these questions: As midstream operations evolve in the Marcellus and Utica area, will new transmission and refining capacity benefit regional manufacturers and their supply chains by attracting capital investments and the jobs that come with it? What is the current state of the midstream sector of the industry, what is on the horizon, and what impacts may these investments have on regional economic development and job creation? 

The webinar included speakers Jenn Klein, President of the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council, Chris Zeigler, Executive Director of API Ohio, and Kevin Petak, Managing Director for Natural Gas and Liquids Markets. It was moderated by Dr. Daniel Karney, Assistant Professor of Economics in Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The full webinar can be watched on our CE3 YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/PUNa7PqXbrY

View Jenn Klein's presentation here, Chris Zeigler's presentation here, and Kevin Petak's presentation here

Tags: Shale