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


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 rapporteur will write a summary of the 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 consensus judgments or recommendations.

Status: Completed

PIN: DBASSE-CHDGC-11-03

RSO: Stern, Paul

Topic(s):

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Energy and Energy Conservation
Environment and Environmental Studies



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership


Mitchell J. Small - (Chair)
Carnegie Mellon University

Mitchell Small is H. John Heinz Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. His specializations are in mathematical modeling of environmental quality, statistical methods and uncertainty analysis, human exposure modeling, human risk perception and decision making; applications to drinking water, air toxics; contaminated sediments, and groundwater risk assessment. He is associate editor for Environmental Science & Technology, and Elected Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis (2003). He has a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Susan Christopherson
Cornell University

Susan Christopherson is professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. She is an economic geographer whose research and teaching focus on economic development, urban labor markets, and location patterns in service industries, particularly the media industries. Her research includes both international and U.S.-policy-oriented projects. Her international research includes studies in Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, and Jordan as well as multi-country studies. In the past three years she has completed studies on advanced manufacturing in New York’s Southern Tier, the photonics industry in Rochester, the role of universities and colleges in revitalizing the upstate New York economy, and production trends affecting media industries in New York City. She has written more than 50 articles and 25 policy reports on topics in economic geography and economic development. Her current projects include studies of phoenix industries in old industrial regions and a comprehensive economic impact analysis of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale in New York and Pennsylvania. Christopherson received her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.
Abbas Firoozabadi
Reservoir Engineering Research Institute

Abbas Firoozabadi (NAE) is director and senior scientist at the Reservoir Engineering Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA and Adjunct Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His research concerns: (1) mathematical modeling of CO2 injection in the subsurface for improved hydrocarbon recovery and sequestration; (2) nano-particles in transport in flowline and oil capture; (3) production of methane and other light hydrocarbons from shale resources; and (4) irreversible phenomena in hydrocarbon reservoirs. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in gas engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a B.S. degree in Gas Engineering from Abadan Institute of Technology.
Bernard D. Goldstein
University of Pittsburgh

Bernard D. Goldstein (IOM), professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and former Dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, is an environmental toxicologist whose research interests have focused largely on the concept of biological markers in the field of risk assessment. He has published in the areas of blood toxicity, the formation of cancer-causing substances (free radicals) following exposure to inhalants, various aspects of public health decision-making and global issues in environmental medicine. Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Goldstein was professor and chairman of the department of environmental and community medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he established and directed the largest academic environmental and occupational health program in the United States -- the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. He also has served as an officer with the U.S. Public Health Service and as assistant administrator for research and development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is a member of IOM. Dr. Goldstein received his medical degree from New York University and undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Robert B. Jackson
Duke University

Robert B. Jackson is Nicholas Professor of Global Environmental Change, professor of biology, and Associate Dean for Research at Duke University. He was a Department of Energy Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow for Global Change at Stanford University and an assistant professor at the University of Texas before joining the Duke faculty in 1999. He is currently Director of Duke's Center on Global Change and Duke's Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. He also directs the Department of Energy-funded National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S. and co-directed the Climate Change Policy Partnership, working with energy and utility corporations to find practical strategies to combat climate change. Jackson has received numerous awards, including the Murray F. Buell Award from the Ecological Society of America, a 1999 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the National Science Foundation. He has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rice University, a M.S. in statistics, a M.S. in ecology, and a Ph.D. from Utah State University.
D. W. North
NorthWorks, Inc.

D. Warner North is president and principal scientist of NorthWorks, Inc., a consulting firm in Belmont, California. He previously served as a consulting professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He has carried out applications of decision analysis and risk analysis for electric utilities, for the petroleum and chemical industries, and for government agencies with responsibility for energy and environmental protection.
He has served as a member and consultant to the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency since 1978 and as a member of the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (1989-1994). He has served on multiple National Research Committees working on issues in risk assessment and decision making. He is a past president of the Society for Risk Analysis and a recipient of the Frank P. Ramsey Medal from the Decision Analysis Society for lifetime contributions to the field of decision analysis. He received his Ph.D. in operations research from Stanford University and his B.S. in physics from Yale University.

Aseem Prakash
University of Washington

Aseem Prakash is a professor of political science and the Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. Professor Prakash studies environmental issues, international political economy, and NGO politics. His work focuses on voluntary environmental programs, corporate social responsibility, and voluntary regulation in the nonprofit sector, among other topics. His books include Greening the Firm: The Politics of Corporate Environmentalism (2000) and The Voluntary Environmentalists: Green Clubs, ISO 14001, and Voluntary Environmental Regulations (2006). He is the founding, General Editor of the Cambridge University Press Series on Business and Public Policy and the co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He holds a joint Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington, an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a B.A. from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.
Barry Rabe
University of Michigan

Barry Rabe is J. Ira and Nikki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where he also directs the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. His research examines the adoption and implementation of policies relevant to climate change, environmental protection and energy, with particular attention to the role of state governments in the American federal system. His work also examines other federal systems such as Canada, as well as the link between public opinion and policy development. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and a B.A. degree from Carthage College.
Susan F. Tierney
Analysis Group

Susan Tierney is a principal in the Analysis Group. Dr. Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, non-profits, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy facility projects. Her expert witness, business consulting, and arbitration services have involved industry restructuring, market analyses, regulatory policies for renewables and energy efficiency, transmission planning, siting and cost-allocation, wholesale and retail market design, contract disputes, resource planning, resource procurement analysis, market monitoring, and asset valuations. In addition, Dr. Tierney’s work has covered regional transmission organizations, siting of generation and transmission facilities and natural gas pipeline projects, natural gas markets, electric system reliability, and environmental policy and regulation. A former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy and state public utility commissioner, she is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s energy project and the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. She has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council. Dr. Tierney also serves as an ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment program, an initiative of the Department of Energy and MIT. She has published widely, and frequently speaks at industry conferences. She served on the DOE’s 90 Shale Gas committee. She has a Ph.D. in regional planning from Cornell University.
Barbara Zielinska
Desert Research Institute

Barbara Zielinska is research professor and the director of the Organic Analytical Laboratory
at the Desert Research Institute. Prior to coming to DRI, she was an associate research
Chemist for the Statewide Air Pollution Research Center, University of California,
Riverside, where she conducted research on the mechanism of formation of mutagenic derivatives of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons under the influence of gaseous atmospheric pollutants. Her primary research interests include development of measurement methods for organic compounds present both in gas- and particle phases in ambient air and emission sources; atmospheric transformations of organics; and exposure measurements to hazardous air pollutants. She served three consecutive terms (from 2000 to 2006) as a member of the US EPA
Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. She has a M.S. in chemistry from the Technical University of Lodz, Poland, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Events



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Contact Name:  Mary Ann Kasper
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Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
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Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Mary Ann Kasper
Contact Email:  mkasper@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1816

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Mary Ann Kasper
Contact Email:  mkasper@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1816

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Small
Christopherson
Firoozabadi
Goldstein
Jackson
North
Rabe
Zielinska

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Sources of bias and conflict of interest; Agenda for May workshop; identifying discussants for papers at the May workshop that do not yet have them; planning for publication of papers from the workshops;

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Draft agenda for May 30-31 workshop

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 23, 2013
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Mary Ann Kasper
Contact Email:  mkasper@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1816

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Aseem Prakash
Bernard Goldstein
Mitchell Small
Barbara Zielinska

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee discussed the topics that might be covered in the planned workshops on risks and risk governance and the individuals who might be invited to make and discuss presentations at the workshops. Members also discussed the process it is using to elicit concerns about shale gas development risks.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 22, 2013
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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