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Balancing Oil, Gas, Air and Water Resources

October 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Gabrielle Pétron, Associate Scientist, NOAA Harihar Rajaram, Professor, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Joseph Ryan, Professor, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Over the past decade, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have accelerated extraction of oil and natural gas in Colorado and across the United States. In Colorado, oil and gas development has expanded into residential areas, and residential development has expanded into oil- and gas-producing areas. The state’s regulation of oil and gas development seeks to both tap the resources and protect public health, leading to conflict about how to balance these potentially conflicting goals.

In this lecture, Pétron, Rajaram and Ryan will discuss research they’ve conducted regarding the effects of oil and gas development on air quality and water quality in Colorado as part of the AirWaterGas network and how this research could guide better regulation of oil and gas development.