Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies have enabled record production of oil and gas in Colorado and across the United States. But the future of hydraulic fracturing is uncertain. The Colorado Local Science Engagement Network and the AAAS EPI Center hosted a two-part webinar that featured discussions on the future of hydraulic fracturing in the United States and Colorado. This two-hour, two-part virtual webinar explored how economics, technology, politics, and science may shape the future of hydraulic fracturing nationally and within Colorado. Panelists shared unique perspectives as scientists, decision-makers, experts, and community members.
The first panel looked at the future of hydraulic fracturing from a national perspective. The panelists are Director Tom Murphy of the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research at Penn State, Director Amy Pickle of the Nicholas Institute at Duke University, and Director Mark Zoback of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative at Stanford University.
The second panel examined hydraulic fracturing at the state level. This panel will feature COGCC Director Julie Murphy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) Economist and Professor Daniel Kaffine, and Weld County Attorney Bruce Barker.
Amy Pickle, Director of the State Policy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Mark D. Zoback, Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University, Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative, Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity, the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and Senior Fellow in the Precourt Institute for Energy
Bruce Barker, Weld County, Colorado Attorney
Daniel Kaffine, Professor in the Department of Economics, Institute Fellow in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder
Moderated by Suzanne Tegen, Assistant Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, and Christine Wiedinmyer, Associate Director for Science at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.