Sep 30th, 2011
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October 30th – 7p.m.
Hollister Hall Auditorium (Room B-14),
“Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas Potential in New York State”
Public Presentation by: Lou Allstadt, Brian Brock, Chip Northrup, and Jerry Acton
How much shale gas could be produced in NY?
Researchers and industry analysts to present new findings at Cornell University.
Ithaca, N.Y— Lou Allstadt and Chip Northrup, analysts of drilling technologies and the economics of the gas industry, along with Jerry Acton, a systems engineer, and geologist Brian Brock, will give a free presentation on assessing the potential for shale gas drilling in New York State.
Having studied 5 years of shale gas production records from Pennsylvania and test wells in N.Y., they have compiled enough information from public and industry sources to confidently address where the Marcellus and Utica could be productive for drilling in New York, given current technology and economic conditions. And just as importantly, they predict where it is unlikely to be economically productive.
The team will present the results of their research at Cornell University on Wednesday evening, October 30 at 7:00. The event will be moderated by Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, professor of engineering at Cornell University.
Ever since 2008, when the gas industry began drilling exploration wells in the Marcellus and Utica shale, landowners, elected officials, concerned citizens, and planners have been wondering, “how much gas is there?” Estimates of the amount of retrievable methane gas in New York have varied widely and changed over the years as more information became available. The N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation gives the estimate a very wide range (between 40 and 237 trillion cubic feet) for the amount of gas in New York’s Marcellus. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates 84 TCF for the whole Marcellus region, which spreads across four states.
Research by the presenters on this hot-button issue considered many perspectives, including geology, actual production records, leasing patterns, test well results, analogous trends in other shale gas regions around the U.S., economics, state and local restrictions on drilling, the role of financial institutions, and more.
Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 pm, Hollister Hall Auditorium (Room B-14), 4 Central Avenue, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. The event is free and open to the public.
Jerry Acton, B.S. from U.S. Naval Academy; Former Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin.
Lou Allstadt, M.B.A. Columbia; B.S. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Retired, Executive Vice President Mobil Oil Corporation for Exploration and Producing, U.S., Canada and Latin America.
Brian Brock, Retired geologist who has done work for the U.S. Geological Survey and New York Geological Survey.
James “Chip” Northrup, MBA Wharton; retired, oil and gas investor and former planning manager at Atlantic Richfield.
Tompkins County Council of Governments; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County ; Tompkins County League of Women Voters; Cornell Sustainability Hub; Sustainability at Ithaca College; Ithaca First Presbyterian Committee on Justice; Peace and Integrity of Creation; FracTracker Alliance.
Paul Curtis is giving a seminar on September 19th, 2013 at 4pm. The title of his seminar is “Dealing with Deer Related Impacts on and around the Cornell Campus.” It will be at Ithaca College in CNS 112.