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A shale gas primer: the economic impact, technology and water issues behind the shale gas boom


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The availability of large amounts of natural gas from shale deposits in the U.S. has been a transformative development for the country, changing the energy equation for a wide range of industry sectors while raising a host of environmental concerns.  This Webinar is designed to explore the enabling technologies of shale-gas revolution, its impact on the chemical industry, and the challenges associated with gas production.  

Webinar attendees will hear from a leading economist from the American Chemistry Council, who has led a series of detailed studies on the impact of the shale gas boom. She will discuss the scope of the investments made by the chemical industry to take advantage of inexpensive shale gas in the U.S. 

The Webinar will also feature the director of the Global Petroleum Research Institute, who will lead attendees through the technological advancements that have enabled the economic production of shale gas, including horizontal drilling techniques and the application of hydraulic fracturing to shale deposits. 

Finally, the Webinar will explore one of the most significant issues associated with hydraulic fracturing – water management.  A top engineer at CDM Smith will talk about how water is handled to fracture the wells, and the options for treating and re-using or discharging produced water from the well. 


Viewers Will Learn:

  • The economic potential of shale gas development for US manufacturing, in particular, chemicals.
  • The competitive advantage for US chemical producers
  • The results of recent ACC analysis on the economic impact of announced chemical industry investment
  • Overview of the water management life cycle
  • Flowback and produced water quality
  • Water treatment challenges and technologies
  • Economic considerations

Who Should Attend:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Managers in chemical, petrochemical and oil & gas
  • Industry Executives


Hear from these experts: 

Martha Gilchrist Moore
Senior Director for Policy Analysis and Economics
American Chemistry Council

Martha Gilchrist Moore is senior director for policy analysis and economics at the American Chemistry Council. In that role, she analyzes the impact of various policy initiatives and energy trends on the chemical industry, in particular recent developments in shale gas. She also directs the Council's research on the direct and indirect economic contributions of the business of chemistry and the benefits to consumers. Ms. Moore has worked on chemical industry issues for more than 15 years and is an authority on the market dynamics for the chemical industry and its end-use customer industries.  Ms. Moore holds a master's degree in economics from Indiana University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the US Association for Energy Economics.

David Burnett
Director of Technology
Texas A&M University, Global Petroleum Research Institute

David Burnett is the Director of Technology for the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI) and is the Research Project Coordinator for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. At present he leads two programs and is co-PI on a third. Burnett’s GPRI DesignsTM Desalination Technology is a trademarked technology, developed by Burnett’s team, presently in field trials in the Northeast serving to demonstrate cost-effective technology for the development of the Marcellus Shale. Mr. Burnett also is leading a multi-sponsor joint industry project for GPRI to develop working prototypes of environmentally friendly seismic sounding units for off shore O&G exploration. He serves as the co-director of the RPSEA (Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America) Field Testing of Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems representing a $6 million joint partnership among university/industry and government organizations. Burnett also serves as the Department of Petroleum Engineering Research Coordinator. During 2010, the Department of Petroleum Engineering, the Number 1 rated PE department in the nation according to US News and World Report, is conducting an estimated $30 million in funded research including Burnett’s industry and government funded projects of approximately $7,000,000. Burnett has numerous publications and has six patents.  


  Bob Kimball, P.E.

Vice President
Industrial Services Group, CDM Smith

Mr. Kimball is a chemical engineer with more than 24 years of industrial experience, having more than 16 years in the development, testing and design of advanced water treatment systems for industrial wastewater, primarily for the mining and oil and gas sectors. Mr. Kimball is a Vice President in the Industrial Services Group of CDM Smith, a global consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm offering a full range of services in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities.




  Scott Jenkins
Senior Editor
Chemical Engineering magazine

Scott Jenkins has been an editor at Chemical Engineering since 2009. Prior to joining CE, Scott worked in various capacities as a science journalist and communications specialist, reporting and writing on a variety of sectors, including chemical processing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and research policy. He also has industry experience as a quality assurance chemist and research experience as a synthetic organic chemist. Scott holds a bachelor's degree from Colgate University, and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Minimum Requirements:

Operating System Processor RAM Internet Browser Hardware Media Players Internet Connection

Windows 7 1

Windows Vista

Windows XP SP3

Note: Mac OS X and Linux users please click here.

Pentium III 733mhz+ or equivalent 512MB

Internet Explorer 6.0+ 2

Firefox 3.0+

Pop-up Blocking Software Disabled 3

AUDIO: Sound Card with speakers

VIDEO: Monitor with 1024x768+ resolution support

Windows Media Player 9+

Adobe Flash Player 9.1+ 4

High speed Cable / Fiber / DSL 5

Corporate LAN 6

 Older Windows operating systems, including Windows 2000, will most likely work but are not officially supported. Please consult to determine if your operating system is still supported by Microsoft. 

2 For security and performance reasons it is strongly advised to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer. 

3 The presentation is built on pop-upless technology; however, the presenter may choose to use pop-up windows. In these cases, pop-up blocking software must be disabled for the presentation to work correctly. In many cases, holding down the "CTRL" key while opening the Webcast URL will temporarily disable your pop-up blocking software. Please consult the documentation for your pop-up blocking software to determine the correct way to temporarily disable it. 

4 In addition to having a properly installed Adobe Flash Player your pc must permit rtmp (over port 1935) and / or rtmpt (over port 80) live streaming protocols. Please contact your local IT Administrator if you are unsure of your settings. 

5 High speed Cable / Fiber / DSL. Typical connection speeds can vary from 100Kbps - 1Mbps+. Please check with your local ISP for bandwidth allotment. 

6 Corporate LAN. Bandwith on corporate LANs can vary based on network traffic. Typical connection speeds can vary from 100Kbps - 1Mbps+. Please check with your local ISP for bandwidth allotment. 

Support & Troubleshooting

What support is available for users on Macintosh and Unix/Linux-Based operating systems?
This presentation incorporates advanced multimedia features that allow elements such as slides, polling questions, surveys, and application demonstrations to be dynamically sent to the audience synchronized with the presentation. Mac and Linux audiences may view the presentation using a supported Firefox Web browser and Adobe Flash playerPlease note that some presentations may not feature a Flash option. 

Why can't I hear audio?

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  • If you have external speakers, make sure they are powered on and aren't muted.
  • Make sure you did not lose Internet connectivity.
  • Make sure you have the media player installed that you are attempting to use and the plugin is correctly installed within the browser.
  • If you are using Windows Media Player and the player simply stops and/or gives you a generic "error" message, you may be missing an audio codec required to decode the presentation audio. Click here for the Microsoft Codec Installation Package. 
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What is a pop-up blocker and how do I disable it?

Pop-up blockers are software programs that stop unsolicited "pop-up" browser windows from launching automatically. These windows often feature advertisements that can be an annoyance to users trying to browse the Internet, however some features of the Webcast may make use of pop-up windows to deliver key functionality. Depending on the software progam you have installed you may be able to add the Web site URL to a list of permissible Web sites where pop-up windows are allowed. 

It is common to have one or more pop-up blockers that you may be unaware of. Most pop-up blockers reside either in the system tray (lower right hand corner of your screen by the clock) or as a toolbar in Internet Explorer (at the top of your browser, go to "View" and then "Toolbars"). These can be disabled in their options or preferences menus. (Common toolbars such as Google and Yahoo Companion have built in pop up blockers). 

Also, if you are unaware of any other pop-up blockers that are running on your computer, you may want to see if you have personal firewall software running, such as Norton's Internet Security or ZoneAlarm. If you have either of these, they will also block pop-up windows. 

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I occasionally hear a clicking noise during the presentation. How do I turn it off?

  • Windows 7 - Click on the Windows Start icon, then choose "Control Panel" > "Sound," > "Sounds" tab. Scroll down the "Program" menu until you reach "Start Navigation." Set the sound to [None] and click "OK." The clicking will be disabled.
  • Windows Vista - Click on the Windows Start icon, then choose "Control Panel" > "Sound," > "Sounds" tab. Scroll down the "Program" menu until you reach "Start Navigation." Set the sound to [None] and click "OK." The clicking will be disabled.
  • Windows XP - You can disable this noise by going to the Start menu, then "Control Panel". Open "Sounds and Audio Devices," and click the "Sounds" tab. Scroll down the "Program Events" menu until you reach "Start Navigation." Set the sound to [None] and click "OK." The clicking will be disabled.
Why do I get a "connection failed" or "connection blocked" message when I try to view Adobe Flash streams?

In addition to having a properly installed Adobe Flash Player your pc must permit rtmp (over port 1935) and / or rtmpt (over port 80) live streaming protocols. Please contact your local IT Administrator if you are unsure of your settings. IT Admins can click here to review additional information on configuring proxy servers to permit live Flash streaming. 


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