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.
For more information, please contact JRC-PTT-UHConference@ec.europa.eu
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Session 1 - Induced seismicity resulting from hydraulic fracturing and water waste management: when and where and how to avoid it?
Session 2 - Risk assessment and environmental impact assessment
Organic Compounds Concentration Change in Flowback Water and Environmental Risks Associated
Chemical and biological assessment of unconventional tight sand gas related waters
Faults do not provide a realistic pathway for fracking to pollute freshwater aquifers
The cumulative effect of unconventional exploitation on water stress and demand on local water resources
Launch of the UH Data Portal
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Session 3 - Modelling bench-marking using experimental data
Storage capacity and transport properties assessment of unconventional reservoir rocks using nanotechnology imaging
Session 4: Multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation
Session 5: Innovative measurement methods for environmental parameters