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WVU hosts national workshop on shale-gas drilling

Sep. 09, 2013 @ 08:05 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is sponsoring a two-day National Research Council workshop on regulatory, technical and environmental issues associated with deep shale-gas drilling.

It’s Monday and Tuesday at the Erickson Alumni Center.

To kick things off, Cliff Frohlich of the University of Texas will discuss earthquakes related to gas-drilling operations.

Ray Boswell of the National Energy Technology Laboratory will discuss Appalachian reserves, and current and projected production levels.

Monday afternoon focuses on water and regulatory issues.

The National Research Council is the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

WVU Vice President for Research Fred King says the reports the workshop will generate should be available before the start of the next legislative session in January and could help guide future regulatory discussions.

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