Workshop on Governance of Risks of Shale Gas Development -- August 15 - 16


The National Research Council will convene a two-day public workshop to discuss the current status of and challenges to governance systems in the United States relevant to shale gas development. Invited speakers, including academics and industry experts, will discuss the capacity of government institutions to manage and reduce risk from shale gas development.  A participant Q&A session will follow the introductory presentations, and an open panel discussion will follow all other presentations.


This workshop is the second in a series on the risks of unconventional shale gas development. The first workshop held in May of this year discussed the current state of knowledge on the potential environmental risks associated with shale gas development. Papers and presentations from this workshop are available online at



The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16 in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.


To register for the event, obtain a full agenda, or watch the video webcast, please visit Papers and abstracts will be available online preceding the workshop.  Media inquiries should be directed to the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information, tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail