University at Buffalo Department of Geology

Marcellus Shale Lecture Series

Energy Resources and the Environment in WNY

The  lecture series brings high-profile speakers to the campus, all experts in the different aspects of the oil and gas industry globally, and of the unconventional gas industry in New York state.  The vision for the lecture series was to help usher in an era of rational debate and research on the possibility of environmentally responsible unconventional gas exploration and extraction in New York state.  The series consists of two subseries: 1) General overview and global context for gas drilling in New York, and 2) Specifics of unconventional gas exploration and extraction in New York state -- geology, land use, legal issues, and environmental impacts.

Schedule

The talks are held from latest March to early May, 2011.

Talk, Date

Theme

Speaker

Video

Slides

1, 3/31

Natural gas and the energy future of the U.S.

Rayola Dougher

Talk

Q & A

PPT

2A, 4/7

Geology of the black shales of New York

Langhorne Smith

N/A*

PPT

2B, 4/14

Land leasing and property rights

Michael Joy

Talk

Q & A

2C, 4/21

Permitting and regulation

Greg Sovas

Talk

Q & A

PDF

2D, 4/28

Drilling and fracing

Rich Nyahay

Talk

Q & A

PDF

2E, 5/5

Production, pipelining and long-term build-out

Gary Marchiori

Talk

Q & A

PPTX

2F, 5/12

Completion

Roger Willis

Talk

Q & A

2H, 5/19

Energy and the environment: gas and the green earth

John Martin

Talk

Q & A

* We are sorry but the talk by Langhorne "Taury" Smith cannot be made available at this time.