Balancing the Economic Benefits with the Environmental Impacts of Shale Energy Development

Balancing the Economic Benefits with the Environmental Impacts of Shale Energy Development

Directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing have unlocked vast new reserves of natural gas in the United States. Development of these resources is now well under way in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and is now beginning in Ohio. This study assesses whether the economic benefits generated by shale energy production justify incurring certain unavoidable environmental costs. This webinar will provide information about:

  • The nature of shale energy production and its broader implications for the world energy complex
  • Environmental impacts including the frequency of environmental incidents, their severity, and associated remediation efforts, and
  • Estimates of the economic benefits and environmental costs of shale energy development.

About the Speaker(s)

Timothy Considine

Timothy Considine

Tim Considine is the School of Energy Resources Professor of Energy Economics at the University of Wyoming (UW) and Director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy. He was previously employed with the Pennsylvania State University, Bank of America, and the Congressional Budget Office. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell, an M.S. from Purdue, and a B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.

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