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Upcoming SPE Distinguished Lecturer Event

In NYC!!! 


Shale Plays: How Technology, Governments, Regulators, Academia, and the Public Have Changed the World’s Energy Supply and Demand Equation                    

Joseph H. Frantz, Jr., Range Resources Corporation

When: 11:00am-12:00am, May 18, 2015

Where: Schermerhorn Building, Room 603, Columbia University, NY 


The global shale revolution is just beginning.  Production from US shale reservoirs has increased from 2.5 Bcf/d to over 25 Bcf/d since 2007, illustrating the viability of this prolific new source of long-term gas supply.  Other countries will undoubtedly use the knowledge developed in North America to jump-start their own shale plays.  Although technical advancements are largely responsible for unlocking the potential of shale gas, the industry’s coordination with a broad set of stakeholders arguably have equal, and perhaps more influence on implementation of new shale developments.  As such, they will increasingly impact our industry’s ability to more fully develop these resources.  This presentation focuses on key technological advancements that drive shale gas development, but also the important aspect of how our industry is working with governments, regulators, academia, and the public more collaboratively to best maximize the immense benefits from this opportunity, while fostering the use of best practices.

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Joseph H. Frantz, Jr. is the VP of Engineering Technology with Range Resources Corporation.  He started working on shale reservoirs in 1984 and has been involved with studies on many shale fields across the U.S.  Joseph has worked in every facet of upstream development.  He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications and taught an industry school on Developing Shale Reservoirs.  He has served on numerous Technical Committees within SPE, Chaired the Pittsburgh PA SPE Section, and Co-Chaired a Regional SPE Meeting.  He earned a BSc in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1981.


We are excited to announce that we have a brand new student chapter in NYNE SPE - Columbia University!

This is our first student chapter in NYC, and we hope this will lead to more events in The Big Apple.  See the upcoming Distinguished Lecture Event for our first NYC event!

If you are interested in joining the Columbia University Chapter or finding out more information, check out their awesome webpage:





Some of you may remember our joint YCEI and SPE  symposium on unconventionals last year at Yale University (Here). The symposium was concluded by a panel session moderated by John Deutsch in which Richard Liroff, John  Nolon and Hannah Wiseman discussed the best practices in development of unconventional resources.

Here is an hour long YouTube
video of this panel session containing the discussions on government regulations on shale gas exploration and production, best management practices, investments, and risks.

We will share the videos of the presentations once we get the permission from the speakers.


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Meet Jing Yang!


Jing Yang is an Associate Scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research (SDR) in Cambridge MA. She works in the reservoir geosciences department, developing novel methods to study unconventional resources such as oil shale and gas shale at nanoscale.

Jing earned her PhD in Applied Physics at Harvard in 2014 and Bachelor of Science from University of Science and Technology of China in 2008. She is actively involved with energy communities at Harvard while she completed the 2-year program of Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment, which provided her a broad exposure on energy issues. She enjoys back-packing, watching musicals, and skiing besides working.



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