Case, Cleveland State host shale conference

CLEVELAND – The National Academy of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University are sponsoring a conference on shale gas and shale gas drilling June 18-19.

“Shale Gas: Promises and Challenges” is designed to bring together academia, industry and scientific communities for a non-biased information and educational meeting, according to officials.

The two-day conference, hosted by Case Western, will explore various topics, focusing on the risks and rewards of shale gas, with the chief goal to raise awareness and enhance understanding for a general audience and giving them the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers, officials said.

“We have assembled a full presentation with experts in their fields on the benefits and costs of shale gas, and we expect the conference to be very insightful and engaging for those on all sides of the issues,” said conference co-chair Steve Percy, interim Dean of Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja College of Business and the past Chairman and CEO of BP America.

Day one of the meeting will concentrate on the impact of shale gas on the economy and energy security, with both a view from industry and from science and technology communities. Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will share insights on the opportunities for shale gas in the state. Additional highlights of day one include a discussion of energy security and broader energy policy from James Bartis, adjunct researcher for the Rand Corp.; a presentation on the economic impact on the manufacturing sector by Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers; and the scientific challenges of shale gas development presented by Mark Zoback, the Benjamin M. Page professor of Earth Science and Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University. Each session throughout the day will end with a panel discussion and an audience question and answer session.

Day two focuses on the environmental, health, safety and societal impact of shale gas. Topics to be covered include shale gas and water usage and pollution presented by Joseph Ryan, the director of the Colorado Water and Energy Research Center at the University of Colorado; air pollution issues associated with shale gas production and usage discussed by Gabrielle Petron, atmospheric scientist with the National Oceanic Atmospheric agency; and occupational health and safety risks by Karen B. Mulloy, visiting professor of environmental health at Case Western Reserve University.

There is no charge for admission to the June 18-19 event; however, advance registration is required. For information and to register, visit