Fracking: The Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale

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Originally delivered Nov 15, 2011
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Led by experts from academia, government and industry, this interactive Web Forum presents an overview of the history, the current state of development and a look into the future of natural gas shale and its extraction, along with implications of the environmental and water impacts.


Dr. Michael M. Domach

Prof. Mike Domach received his B.S in Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering and Chemistry minors from the University of Massachusetts and he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. He was the inaugural Dow Chair Recipient, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina. He has served as a Senior Visiting Scientist, Bioinformatics, The Jackson Lab, Bar Harbor, ME and as a Co-Director of the NIH Training Program in Biotechnology. He is on the Editorial Board of the J. Biotechnology and was a Co-founder Automated Cell Technologies Inc, a NIST-ATP funded...Read more

Lee O. Fuller

Lee O. Fuller, Vice President of Government Relations, joined IPAA in 1998. From 1978 through 1986, Mr. Fuller served Senator Lloyd Bentsen as a professional staff member and staff director of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In 1980, he staffed the development of the Bentsen Amendment on drilling fluids and produced water under RCRA, modification to SDWA regarding Class II UIC wells and the provisions on Superfund with regard to its treatment of oil, RCRA wastes and federally permitted releases. In 1986, as staff director, he staffed the development of the TRI program...Read more

Dr. Dale L. Keairns

Dr. Keairns has over 40 years experience in industry, consulting, teaching and service through professional society initiatives. The last ten years have focused on energy systems analysis and planning activities to guide technology research and development needs for the Nation’s energy future, supporting energy research programs, management responsibility for strategic energy projects, and supporting the development of technology roadmaps for future energy systems.  This work was carried out through a support contract to the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory and...Read more

Stephen A. Holditch, P.E.

Dr. Stephen A. Holditch has been the Head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering since January 2004. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1976 and has taught most of both the undergraduate and graduate courses. In supervising more than 100 MS and PhD students, Dr. Holditch has focused his research in areas involving gas reservoirs, well completions, and well stimulation.

Dr. Holditch was the Society of Petroleum Engineers, International (SPE) President 2002, SPE Vice President-Finance and a member of the Board of Directors for the SPE from 1998-2003...Read more

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