Past Event

Workshop on the Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in the Appalachian Basin

Workshop
September 9, 2013 - September 10, 2013

Location: Erickson Alumni Center, West Virginia University
1 Alumni Drive Morgantown WV 26504

The workshop will cover three main themes: (1) the geology, hydrocarbon resources, and production of unconventional hydrocarbon resources in the Appalachian Basin, (2) the potential effects of unconventional hydrocarbon production on surface and groundwater quality and quantity and on air quality, and (3) the potential effects of unconventional hydrocarbon production on landscapes, ecosystems, and climate. Each theme will be introduced by overview presentations then explored in more detail in working group sessions. A summary of the workshop presentations and discussions will be published as an NRC report.

Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in the Appalachian Basin: (2014)

A growing fraction of the oil and gas produced in the United States comes from unconventional source--geographically extensive accumulations of hydrocarbons in low-permeability rock such as shale or siltstone. Generally, these resources--which include shale gas, coalbed methane, and gas hydrates--are freed from the rock by hydraulic fracturing. However, the consequences of this practice, and other aspects of unconventional hydrocarbon production... More >>