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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

RSO: Stern, Paul

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

Project Scope
A steering committee established by the National Research Council would organize two workshops to examine the range of social and decision-making issues in risk characterization and governance related to gas shale development. Central themes would include risk governance in the context of (a) risks that emerge as shale gas development expands, and (b) incomplete or declining regulatory capacity in an era of budgetary stringency.  The first workshop will follow the systematic approach to risk characterization recommended in the 1996 NRC report, Understanding Risk, which has not yet been applied in this context.  It will engage experts and practitioners in addressing the concerns of a range of interested and affected parties to identify key issues and discussing the state and limits of scientific knowledge on those issues.  The second workshop would engage social scientists from several research traditions to apply a variety of insights about risk management institutions to the shale gas case, while interacting with each other and with practitioners.

A designated rapporteur will write a summary of the presentations on risk issues raised in the first workshop, the risk management and governance concepts presented at the second workshop, and the discussions at both workshops. The summary might include a selection of signed papers by workshop presenters, after appropriate review. It would note the risk questions posed at the workshops for future analysis and the risk management challenges and opportunities identified, which could be considered in future national discussions about the development and implementation of the technology. It would not offer any consensus judgments or recommendations.

The approximate start date for the project is January 14, 2013.
The summary of the workshops will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 15 months.
This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Project Duration: 15 months    

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 Meeting 1 - 02/27/2013
 Meeting 2 - 04/30/2013
 Meeting 3 - 05/30/2013
 Meeting 4 - 08/15/2013


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