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ExxonMobil and GE fund education of US regulators about shale

Friday, March 9, 2012

GE and ExxonMobil have each agreed to contribute USD $1m to a new US education initiative designed to help regulators learn more about shale development.

The education will be provided by the Colorado School of Mines, Penn State University and The University of Texas at Austin.

The program aims to provide regulators and policymakers with information about the latest shale gas technology and best practices, to help them provide oversight to share development.

'Regulators have said that the need for increased training is one of their highest priorities due to the rapid expansion of shale resource development and the equally active evolution of technologies and best practices in the field,' says Gary Pope, director of The Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Austin Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering has also developed a special "Education, Training and Outreach Program" for shale directed by Dr. Hilary Clement Olson.

'This funding provides us with the resources to broaden our partnerships and our scope to create a new training program for regulators in the oil and gas industry that is collaborative and interdisciplinary,' said Olson.

'The Shale Gas Regulators Training program affords the university a unique opportunity to further develop shale gas best management practices," says Thomas Murphy, co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

It will offer regulators "the chance to learn the latest science-based concepts related to geology, petroleum technology and environmental quality."

Courses will include petroleum geology, both conventional and nonconventional;

Petroleum technology, including principles of drilling operations and well design, as well as facility design and operation;

Environmental management technologies and practices, including water treatment and management, waste treatment and management, air emission control technologies, spill prevention and planning and response; and

Federal and state oil and gas regulatory requirements, including permitting and reporting, plus compliance assessment.

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