Unconventional hydrocarbons such as shale gas and shale oil are transforming world energy markets. Development of these resources with the technologies of 3D seismic exploration, horizontal drilling, and hydraulic fracturing has raised important new interdisciplinary research questions regarding the remote characterization of organic matter in shale source rock, the understanding of ﬂow in ultra-low permeability reservoirs, and the protection of groundwater resources.
This one-day symposium on unconventional hydrocarbons, jointly organized with the New York and New England Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, will feature a broad mix of talks from academic and industry experts.
The symposium will take place March 5, 2013, 8:30 AM—5:30 PM, at the Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center, 391 Prospect Street, New Haven.
See registration information below.
8:30 am Welcome and Introduction
8:45 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS Hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells – Realizing the paradigm shift that has been 30 years in development
C. Mark Pearson, Liberty Resources, SPE 2013 Distinguished Lecturer
9.30 am The spectrum of ﬁne-grained reservoirs from shale gas to shale oil/tight oil: Geological and petrophysical attributes
Quinn R. Passey, ExxonMobil
10.00 am BREAK
10:15 am Unconventionals research: The search for simple answers to a complex problem
Ridvan Akkurt, Schlumberger
10:45 am Geophysical models of unconventional reservoirs for seismic exploration and microseismic monitoring
Carl Regone, BP
11:15 am The unconventional science and engineering of gas shale
Franz-Josef Ulm, MIT
1:15 pm Is toughness needed to predict the propagation of a hydraulic fracture?
Emmanuel Detournay, University of Minnesota
1:45 pm Lessons learned in baseline water characterization for monitoring unconventional resource recovery
Tad Fox, Batelle
2:15 pm BREAK
2:30 pm Environmental science of hydraulic fracturing: Separating the realities from the myths
Tarek Saba, Exponent
3:00 pm Shale-gas development and impacts on water resources in the Marcellus region
Avner Vengosh and Nathaniel Warner, Duke University
3:45 pm PANEL DISCUSSION Regulation and best practices in the development of unconventional resources
Moderator, John M. Deutch, MIT, Chair of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board 2011 Subcommittee on Hydraulic Fracturing
Attendance is free for academic participants, but space in the conference center is limited.
Register by sending an e-mail to YCEI@yale.edu.
Include your Name, University, Department and Status (for example: faculty, student or staﬀ).