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Transatlantic Knowledge Sharing Conference on Unconventional Hydrocarbons: Resources, Risks, Impact and Research Needs

Jun 20 2017
Jun 21 2017

Unconventional hydrocarbon extraction, especially the development of shale gas resources and its related impacts have been subject to significant debates at national, European and international level. Apart from political aspects a considerable amount of research has been performed or is underway in areas such as technology, environment, geology and social issues.

With regard to the exploration and exploitation of shale gas the EU is still largely in an early exploration phase. Shale gas drilling activity in the EU remains very low, accounting for less than 3% of the shale wells drilled outside North America. At the same time  tight gas and coal bed methane are already produced in the EU, although on a different scale of reservoirs and predominantly with low-volume stimulation.

In addition, there is also a number of site scale research activities now underway or about to be undertaken.  These can provide useful information particularly for understanding the baseline environmental conditions.

This interdisciplinary and intercontinental (EU, USA, Canada) conference aims to attract scientists, engineers, social scientists, geologists and others capable to contribute with their research on unconventional hydrocarbon extraction and to share their knowledge.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Session 1 - Induced seismicity resulting from hydraulic fracturing and water waste management: when and where and how to avoid it?

/jrc/en/file/document/172636Advances in microseismic monitoring and understanding of hydraulic fracturing: the contribution of the SHEER EU project

/jrc/en/file/document/172637Dynamics of Fault Activation by Hydraulic Fracturing in western Canada

/jrc/en/file/document/172639Key controlling factors of induced seismicity cause by shale gas operations

/jrc/en/file/document/172640Everaging Cross-Disciplinary Science for Induced Seismicity Risk Management

/jrc/en/file/document/1726412017 One-Year Seismic Hazard Forecast for the Central and Eastern United States from Induced and Natural Earthquakes

Session 2 - Risk assessment and environmental impact assessment

/jrc/en/file/document/172642Soil hazards related to shale gas activities

Organic Compounds Concentration Change in Flowback Water and Environmental Risks Associated

/jrc/en/file/document/172643FracRisk, assessing and reducing the subsurface environmental footprint of shale gas development

/jrc/en/file/document/172644The SHEER approach to the evaluation of risks connected to shale gas exploration and exploitation

/jrc/en/file/document/172645Comparison of current practices for measuring, monitoring, mitigating and managing the environmental impact of shale gas in the US and conventional gas in the Netherlands

Chemical and biological assessment of unconventional tight sand gas related waters

Faults do not provide a realistic pathway for fracking to pollute freshwater aquifers

/jrc/en/file/document/172646Carbon footprints of potential future shale gas exploitation and use in Europe

/jrc/en/file/document/172647Baseline concentration and raw gas composition. Relevance for Shale Gas operations

The cumulative effect of unconventional exploitation on water stress and demand on local water resources

Launch of the UH Data Portal

/jrc/en/file/document/172648Key results from the European Unconventional Oil and Gas Assessment project (EUOGA)

/jrc/en/file/document/172649UH Data Portal


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Session 3 - Modelling bench-marking using experimental data

/jrc/en/file/document/172650Modelling, benchmarking and validation

Storage capacity and transport properties assessment of unconventional reservoir rocks using nanotechnology imaging

/jrc/en/file/document/172652Fugitive and vented emissions from energy developments in Alberta, Canada: Lessons from extensive measurement campaigns

Session 4: Multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation

/jrc/en/file/document/172653Public Understanding of the Environmental and Social Impacts of Shale Gas Development

/jrc/en/file/document/172654Seven questions about fracking in Scotland

/jrc/en/file/document/172655Talking to the public about (their) public sector research on onshore oil and gas

/jrc/en/file/document/172656Enriching geoscience research with participatory modelling approaches: A case study on brine migration due to CO2 injection

/jrc/en/file/document/172657Knowledge, uncertainty and the future: negotiating shale gas exploration locally in Poland

/jrc/en/file/document/172658Protecting landowners in sustainable shale gas production

/jrc/en/file/document/172659Pilot training course Practice of Informing Policy Through Evidence - Shale Gas

/jrc/en/file/document/172661Practices and Imaginations of Energy Justice in Transition

Session 5: Innovative measurement methods for environmental parameters

/jrc/en/file/document/172662Cutting Edge Measurements to Assess the Environmental Implications of Shale Gas – The ShaleXenvironmenT Approach

/jrc/en/file/document/172663Development and evaluation of methods to assess air pollution exposure at unconventional natural gas extraction sites

/jrc/en/file/document/172664Quality Assurance and Control Procedures to Improve Soil-Gas Sampling Methods in Stray Gas Investigations

/jrc/en/file/document/172665Monitoring Fugitive Methane from Large Scale Shale Gas Operations in Europe

Key note

/jrc/en/file/document/172666Community Impacts of Shale Gas Developments: Myths and Realities