Past Programs

4/20  Webinar- Hydrogen: The Future of Clean Energy?

Hydrogen is a fuel source that generates no emissions when burned and can be produced in a number of ways to be a clean fuel. It is seen as a solution for hard-to-decarbonize economic sectors, like manufacturing and long-distance ship and truck transportation, as well as more common uses. Recent federal legislation included $8 billion for four regional hydrogen hubs, including one in Appalachia, to develop this technology in order to meet U.S. climate goals.

Adam Walters, executive director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Energy, and Perry Babb, CEO of KeyState to Zero present on hydrogen, and provide unique perspectives on the topic. 

3/30  Webinar- Two Approaches to Reducing Natural Gas Methane Emissions

Methane emissions are the second-largest cause of global warming today and oil and natural gas production is a major contributor. The EPA is proposing a new Clean Air Act rule to sharply reduce methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry – including, for the first time, reductions from existing sources nationwide. Karen Marsh, a technical lead for developing the regulations, will discuss those efforts. Gas producers are recognizing the need to reduce emissions and several local producers have joined with Project Canary, a leader in the ESG certification of responsible operations that provide measurement-based emission profiles via continuous monitoring technology at gas wells and midstream sites. Max Goff of Project Canary will explain how the monitoring and certification process works.

3/22  Webinar - How the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Impacts Appalachian Energy

Daniel J. Weaver, president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, will present a short webinar at 11 a.m. March 23 about how the Russian invasion of Ukraine is impacting the global energy supply and the role of the Appalachian natural gas industry in meeting the challenge. He will talk about Europe’s energy needs, current production levels, imports and exports, LNG, commodity prices, and what the region’s energy future could hold. Weaver leads the state’s largest and oldest oil and gas trade association representing the full industry.

2/16  Webinar - First in the World: An Airport That Generates Its Own Power

Pittsburgh International Airport last year became the first airport in the world to be completely powered by a natural gas and solar energy microgrid, with the natural gas sourced from Marcellus shale wells drilled on airport property. A microgrid is an independent electricity source that can operate autonomously while maintaining a connection to the traditional grid.

The webinar will be presented by Tom Woodrow, P.E., Senior Vice President of Engineering and Intelligent Infrastructure for the Allegheny County Airport Authority; Jeff Nehr, Vice President of Business Development for Peoples Natural Gas; and Jamie Habberfield, Business Development Manager for IMG Energy Solutions.

11/10 Webinar - Abandoned and Orphan Wells: An Expensive Environmental Legacy

The webinar features Seth Pelepko, Subsurface Activities Division Manager for the Bureau of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. It is sponsored by Titan Energy Solutions of Southpointe, PA.

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania since the industry’s birth in 1859. Although owners and operators are legally responsible for plugging wells when oil and gas production ends, this does not always happen. In addition to the wells that were drilled prior to regulations pertaining to well decommissioning, there are instances in which an oil and gas company files for bankruptcy protection or moves out of the state, leaving its wells abandoned.

10/13  Webinar- Green Building for Sustainability and Health

Known as one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is the only building to meet six of the highest green certifications, including the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, and WELL Building Platinum for energy efficiency and occupant health.

As Phipps’ education, research, and administration facility, the CSL is an integral part of the Phipps visitor experience as a "living museum," focusing attention on the important intersection between the built and natural environments, and demonstrating that human and environmental health are inextricably connected. It is a net-zero building, meaning that it produces more energy than it consumes. In addition to generating power with a wind turbine and photovoltaic solar panels, the CSL also takes advantage of geothermal wells, and passive cooling, heating, and lighting methods to operate more efficiently. The building also captures and treats the water that falls on its project site through a lagoon, constructed wetlands, rain gardens, pervious asphalt and a green roof. All building materials were sourced in compliance with the Living Building Challenge’s Materials Red List, which identifies the toxic chemicals most commonly used by manufacturers.

9/22 Webinar- Decarbonization: Pathways to a Sustainable Future

Dr. Varun Rai discusses the basics of decarbonization, the technologies to achieve an energy transition, and the policies and pathways that are available to encourage rapid adoption.

Dr. Rai is a professor in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Texas. His interdisciplinary research –with issues at the interface of energy systems, complex systems, decision science, and public policy – focuses on studying how the interactions between the underlying social, behavioral, economic, technological, and institutional components of the energy system impact the diffusion of energy technologies.

4/14 Webinar- What is RGGI and Why Should Pennsylvania Participate?

Allen Landis of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection explains the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and its impacts on Pennsylvania. 

1/13 Webinar- Why it’s Important: Corporate Responsibility in the Natural Gas Industry

In this webinar, the Shale Gas Knowledge Hub explored the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals of local natural companies and how they impact the community, environment, employees, and profit.

 

The webinar featured Yemi Akinkugbe, Chief Excellence Officer for CNX; Will Jordan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for EQT; and Mason Gregory, a senior analyst for MFS Investment Management who specializes in ESG topics.

ESG goals describe for community members, investors, employees, and the public how companies plan to improve and monitor their performance in areas including the environment, interaction with the community and landowners, and technological innovation, ethics and diversity. Many natural gas companies publish reports outlining these goals on their websites in an effort to be transparent.

10/7 Webinar- The Region's Natural Gas Future: The NETL Perspective

The Shale Gas Knowledge Hub hosted Justin Adder, Senior Economic Analyst at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh for a webinar on October 7, 2020. Adder identified and explained the opportunities for growth in several natural gas sectors due to the region’s abundant supply from the Marcellus and Utica shales, and outlined the recently released report “The Appalachian Energy and Petrochemical Renaissance: An Assessment of Economic Progress and Opportunities”

6/23 Webinar- Part 2 of the Impacts of COVID-19 on Shale Gas Development Series

The Shale Gas Knowledge Hub hosted a webinar at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, that featured Pittsburgh-area attorney, Joseph Morascyzk. During the program, Attorney Morascyzk discussed current and future economic conditions and how they will impact property owners whose land is leased for gas development and land owners who are receiving royalty payments from gas development. This was the second installment on the effects of COVID-19 on shale gas development.  

6/16 Webinar- Part 1 of the Impacts of COVID-19 on Shale Gas Development Series

The Shale Gas Knowledge Hub hosted a webinar at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, that featured Daniel J. Weaver, president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Association, the state’s largest and oldest oil and gas trade association representing the full industry.Weaver provided an overview of the shale gas industry in our region, the evolving economic situation, and the challenges and opportunities in the years ahead. The program was the first part of the Shale Gas Knowledge Hub's three-part series on the impacts of COVID-19 on the shale gas development.