New shale partnership ‘will advance our shared, scientific understanding’

A Feb. 11 West Virginia University press release says Ohio State and WVU have signed a memorandum of understanding creating a shale energy partnership between the two schools, agreeing to work together to develop a joint research program in the Appalachian region’s developing shale energy industry.

“This singular partnership demonstrates the wisdom of universities collaborating with one another,” Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee said in the release. “West Virginia University and Ohio State have complementary research strengths in this area. Working together, our faculty will take a unique leadership role that will advance our shared, scientific understanding of the complex environmental and economic issues in shale energy.”

Testing if microbes can treat fracking waste

Can the microbes in fracking wastewater actually be put to use treating that wastewater? Angela Hartsock of the National Energy Technology Lab discusses her work this Friday (March 30). Her talk: “Microbes in Water Used for Hydraulic Fracturing of Deep Shale for Natural Gas Extraction.” It’s a free public seminar sponsored by the Environmental Science Graduate Program. 244 Kottman Hall, 2120 Fyffe Road, on our Columbus campus. Video link to 121 Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., at OARDC in Wooster. Info: 614-292-9762.

Shale gas: Balancing economy, environment?

Ohio State’s next Changing Climate webinar takes place at noon a week from tomorrow (2/15). Topic: “Balancing the Economic Benefits with the Environmental Impacts of Shale Energy Development.” Timothy Considine of the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources is the speaker. Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team, which has strong involvement by members of our college, is the sponsor. Sign up here. It’s free.