Marcellus Center for Outreach & Research Seminars

Former DEP Secretary John Hanger to Discuss Marcellus Shale Regulations, Impacts

John Hanger, who oversaw the Department of Environmental Protection from 2008-2011, will address natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

His talk, "The Real Environmental, Economic and Energy Choices Facing Pennsylvania and the Nation," will cover a variety of Marcellus-related topics including discussion of Pennsylvania's current regulations governing gas extraction and production and how they compare to other states.

Open to the public, the talk will be in 112 Walker.

As DEP secretary, Hanger was in charge of permitting and regulation of gas drilling in Pennsylvania. He oversaw development and implementation of new rules governing drilling of wells and disposal of drilling wastewater.

Hanger's talk is sponsored by the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) and the Earth & Environmental Sciences Institute (EESI). It is part of EESI's EarthTalks Seminar Series.


Talk to Focus on New Method for Direct 4D Mapping of Fractures in Gas Reservoirs

Peter Geiser, Global Geophysical Services, Inc., will discuss the use of tomographic fracture imaging (TFI) to provide detailed images of natural fault and drilling-induced fracture fairways of natural gas and other fluid reservoirs on Thursday, Oct.6 at noon in 117 Earth-Engineering Sciences (EES) Building.

In his talk, Geiser will present an overview of the geological and geophysical basis for the TFI technology and then discuss three case studies of the technology in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia; Barnett Shale, Wise County, Texas; and southwestern West Virginia.