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Second OHIO Shale Policy and Technology Symposium to convene shale experts on policy and technology

 | Mar 26, 2018
Ohio Shale symposium

Second OHIO Shale Policy and Technology Symposium to convene shale experts on policy and technology

Mar 26, 2018

As part of its ongoing research related to shale development across the State of Ohio and the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays, Ohio University will host a second OHIO Shale Policy and Technology Symposium at its Dublin Integrated Education Center in Dublin, Ohio, from Wed.-Thurs., April 4-5.

The event begins Wed., April 4, with an optional tour of the OHIO energy labs in Athens, which will provide a firsthand look at the innovative research being conducted by the faculty, staff and students at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Researchers from the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, the Coal Research Center and the Center for Air Quality will discuss their work related to improving the understanding and efficiencies in the production, delivery and monitoring of shale gas.

The formal symposium will take place on Thurs., April 5, at Ohio University-Dublin, offering a dual-track agenda on policy and technology; additional plenary sessions, networking breaks, a student poster session and catered meals are included. With more than two dozen shale energy experts confirmed to present, the event will explore ways regional communities and businesses can attract, develop, and retain the benefits derived from shale development activity using innovative policies, partnerships and technologies. Commissioner M. Beth Trombold, vice-chair for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, will provide the morning remarks.

“The Ohio Shale Symposium gives us a fantastic venue to feature the great work of the Russ College, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and the College of Arts and Sciences in the area of shale energy, policy and economics,” said David Bayless, Gerald Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering and principal investigator on the project. “I’m excited that we are able to move the Symposium to Dublin to help attract a potentially broader audience on this statewide topic.”

This event builds off of the inaugural event, which hosted more than 80 participants, held last year in Athens.

The Shale Innovation Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the 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 Research Division.

A full agenda and registration information can be found on the website or on the Facebook event page.