The availability of large amounts of natural gas from shale deposits in the U.S. has been a transformative development for the country, changing the energy equation for a wide range of industry sectors while raising a host of environmental concerns. This Webinar is designed to explore the enabling technologies of shale-gas revolution, its impact on the chemical industry, and the challenges associated with gas production.
Webinar attendees will hear from a leading economist from the American Chemistry Council, who has led a series of detailed studies on the impact of the shale gas boom. She will discuss the scope of the investments made by the chemical industry to take advantage of inexpensive shale gas in the U.S.
The Webinar will also feature the director of the Global Petroleum Research Institute, who will lead attendees through the technological advancements that have enabled the economic production of shale gas, including horizontal drilling techniques and the application of hydraulic fracturing to shale deposits.
Finally, the Webinar will explore one of the most significant issues associated with hydraulic fracturing – water management. A top engineer at CDM Smith will talk about how water is handled to fracture the wells, and the options for treating and re-using or discharging produced water from the well.
Viewers Will Learn:
The economic potential of shale gas development for US manufacturing, in particular, chemicals.
The competitive advantage for US chemical producers
The results of recent ACC analysis on the economic impact of announced chemical industry investment
Martha Gilchrist Moore
Senior Director for Policy Analysis and Economics
American Chemistry Council
Martha Gilchrist Moore is senior director for policy analysis and economics at the American Chemistry Council. In that role, she analyzes the impact of various policy initiatives and energy trends on the chemical industry, in particular recent developments in shale gas. She also directs the Council's research on the direct and indirect economic contributions of the business of chemistry and the benefits to consumers. Ms. Moore has worked on chemical industry issues for more than 15 years and is an authority on the market dynamics for the chemical industry and its end-use customer industries. Ms. Moore holds a master's degree in economics from Indiana University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the US Association for Energy Economics.
Director of Technology
Texas A&M University, Global Petroleum Research Institute
David Burnett is the Director of Technology for the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI) and is the Research Project Coordinator for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. At present he leads two programs and is co-PI on a third. Burnett’s GPRI DesignsTM Desalination Technology is a trademarked technology, developed by Burnett’s team, presently in field trials in the Northeast serving to demonstrate cost-effective technology for the development of the Marcellus Shale. Mr. Burnett also is leading a multi-sponsor joint industry project for GPRI to develop working prototypes of environmentally friendly seismic sounding units for off shore O&G exploration. He serves as the co-director of the RPSEA (Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America) Field Testing of Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems representing a $6 million joint partnership among university/industry and government organizations. Burnett also serves as the Department of Petroleum Engineering Research Coordinator. During 2010, the Department of Petroleum Engineering, the Number 1 rated PE department in the nation according to US News and World Report, is conducting an estimated $30 million in funded research including Burnett’s industry and government funded projects of approximately $7,000,000. Burnett has numerous publications and has six patents.
Bob Kimball, P.E.
Industrial Services Group, CDM Smith
Mr. Kimball is a chemical engineer with more than 24 years of industrial experience, having more than 16 years in the development, testing and design of advanced water treatment systems for industrial wastewater, primarily for the mining and oil and gas sectors. Mr. Kimball is a Vice President in the Industrial Services Group of CDM Smith, a global consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm offering a full range of services in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities.
Chemical Engineering magazine
Scott Jenkins has been an editor at Chemical Engineering since 2009. Prior to joining CE, Scott worked in various capacities as a science journalist and communications specialist, reporting and writing on a variety of sectors, including chemical processing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and research policy. He also has industry experience as a quality assurance chemist and research experience as a synthetic organic chemist. Scott holds a bachelor's degree from Colgate University, and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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