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Shale Program 

The accelerated pace of unconventional oil and gas development in eastern Ohio has opened up many opportunities and created many questions about the future of the region. As a major research institution located within the state’s Utica and Marcellus shale plays, Ohio University has a responsibility to address the complex economic, social, environmental and technical questions associated with shale development in Ohio. CE3’s deep-rooted understanding of the regional players and politics allows us to work with local governments, communities, businesses and non-profit groups, presenting fact-based research and studies that help address the impacts that shale development is having on Ohio’s economy and environment.

CE3’s work to date related to shale demonstrates a range of expertise and the priority we place on maximizing our regional assets to provide unbiased research, outreach and learning opportunities. Examples of our work include:

  • Advanced fuels research
  • Advanced materials development
  • Business assistance and supply chain management
  • Community surveys
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Data management, mapping and spatial analysis
  • Environmental monitoring and mitigation

Point of Contact

Jen Bowman
Director of Environmental Programs
Ohio University Voinovich School


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Analysis of Voluntary BMPs in Reducing GHG Emissions from Appalachian Oil and Gas Sites

Increased oil and gas exploration and production come hand in hand with environmental and economic outcomes. The adoption of industry best management practices (BMPs) can help companies large and small to mitigate the negative consequences of natural resource extraction such as increased air emissions while balancing financial goals. Ohio University is working with the Bureau of Land Management regarding the opportunities and challenges associated with voluntary BMPs in the Northern Appalachian Basin oil and gas industry. For questions related to the project, please contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu.

Tags: Air,Energy,Shale

Second OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium April 4-5, 2018

Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and College of Arts & Sciences hosted the OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium on April 4-5, 2018. The 2018 Symposium built off of an inaugural event in 2017 in Athens. More than 80 attendees from across the state and region joined our OHIO research team to discuss the changing landscape of shale development. The purpose of the event is to explore ways in which regional communities and businesses can achieve a balanced, durable and long-lasting regional energy future using innovative policies, partnerships and technologies. Visit the Symposium Website for more details.

Questions? Contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu or 740-537-0112.

The Shale Innovation Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences examining the impact of shale development on businesses and communities in Ohio’s shale region. This project is generously supported by a three-year Innovation Strategy Award from the Ohio University Research Division.

Tags: Air,Energy,Policy,Shale,Water

Webinar: Severance Taxes & Wealth Retention in Shale Country

On December 6, 2017, Ohio University hosted a Shale Innovation Project webinar entitled, "Severance Taxes & Wealth Retention in Shale Country." Severance taxes are important sources of revenue to many state governments in the U.S. that can be used for a variety of purposes such as funding current expenditures or creating permanent trust funds. Our panel of experts discussed energy taxes as they relate to regional wealth management and economic development strategies to bolster local economies. To view the speakers' presentations in .pdf, click on their names below.

Click here to view the webinar which is archived on the Voinovich School YouTube channel.

Tags: Energy,Policy,Shale