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Project Title: Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Development: Two Workshops

PIN: DBASSE-CHDGC-11-03         

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit:
Board on Environmental Change and Society

Stern, Paul

Subject/Focus Area:
Behavioral and Social Sciences; Energy and Energy Conservation; Environment and Environmental Studies

Workshop on Risks of Unconventional Shale Gas Development
May 30, 2013 - May 31, 2013
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Mary Ann Kasper
Phone: 202-334-1816
Fax: 202-334-2201


Workshop on Risks of Unconventional Shale Gas Development
National Research Council
500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington DC, Room 100
May 30-31, 2013

AGENDA [subject to updating]

May 30
8:00 Breakfast

8:30 Purposes of the project and Workshop procedures – Mitchell Small, Carnegie Mellon University, committee chair

9:00 Concerns about Shale Gas Development: Summary of a Public Elicitation
Presenter: Thomas Webler, Social and Environmental Research Institute
Discussant: TBD

10:00 Break

Presentations and Discussions of Risk Issues
10:15 Operational Risk Issues in Shale Gas Development
Presenter: Kris J. Nygaard, ExxonMobil Corporation
Discussants: Mark Zoback, Stanford University; second discussant TBD

11:45 Lunch

12:45 An Overview of the Risks of Shale Gas Exploration and Hydraulic Fracturing to Water Resources in the United States
Presenter: Avner Vengosh, Duke University
Discussants: TBD

2:00 Air Impacts of Gas Shale Extraction and Distribution
Presenter: Christopher W. Moore, Desert Research Institute
Discussant: Gabrielle Petron, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

3:15 Break

3:30 Public Health Risks in Shale Gas Development
Presenter: John Adgate, Colorado School of Public Health
Discussants: TBD

5:00 Adjourn for first day

May 31
8:00 Breakfast

Risk Issues (continued)
8:30 Ecological Risks of Shale Gas Development
Presenter: Zack Bowen, U.S. Geological Service
Discussant: Margaret Brittingham, Pennsylvania State University

9:45 Implications of Shale Gas Development for Climate Change
Presenter: Richard Newell, Duke University
Discussant: TBD

11:00 Risks to Communities from Shale Gas Development
Presenter: Jeffrey Jacquet, South Dakota State University
Discussants: TBD

12:30 Lunch

A look at the big picture
1:30 Interactions among risks
Presenter: Alan Krupnick, Resources for the Future
Discussant: TBD

2:30 Other risk issues:
Risks from unexpected events in complex systems, Charles Perrow, Yale University
Risks to trust and functioning in communities, Roger Kasperson, Clark University

3:00 Break

3:15 Discussion of conclusions from workshop
--Rating the risks: Which appear to be of greatest significance? Which seem to be minor?
--Major unknowns: Which important risks have not yet been discussed? Which of those that have been discussed are particularly in need of further analysis?

4:30 Looking toward the workshop on risk governance:
--Which important risks are greatly in need of governance (i.e., Which may not be reduced in the normal course of business in the industry? Which pose major challenges for governments?)
--What are some of the key governance challenges?

5:00 Adjourn