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"Energy and the Environment: Hydraulic Fracking of Tight Oil and Gas"

Davis L. Ford
President of Ford Associates
Adjunct Professor of the University of Texas
Member of the NAE


The world is going through an energy revolution based on enhanced energy recovery from huge reserves. The United States is in a potential leadership position as we move through this transformation. Most of the proven oil and gas reserves now are in "tight" formations such as shale and sandstone. This implies that "conventional drilling and wildcatting" will diminish over time. Horizontal and directional drilling with various approaches of "fracturing" will be commonplace. Environmental governance must accompany this evolution, both from applied research and proven state of the art protective technologies. Water reuse and recovery are a major factor in these processes. Economics, job creation, global supply and demand issues, and energy independence are major factors to be considered. In the long term, natural gas will become more dominant. It is prolific, clean, and available

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
IQSE 578, 12:30 p.m.
Mitchell Physics Building

Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University

(Coffee and Cookies to be served at 12:15 p.m.)

Host: Hans Schuessler