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Economy, Environment, and Shale Energy Webinar To Discuss Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts

February 23, 2012

COLUMBUS -– Ohio State University's Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Balancing the Economic Benefits with the Environmental Impacts of Shale Energy Development” this Wednesday, Feb. 15. Tim Considine of the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources will discuss the nature of shale energy production and its broader implications for the world energy complex, the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling, and estimates of the economic benefits and environmental costs of shale energy development.

The webinar, which is part of the Global Change, Local Impact webinar series, will be held on Feb. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information. Visit to sign up. Brent Sohngen, professor in Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, will be moderating the session.

Tim Considine is the School of Energy Resources Professor of Energy Economics at the University of Wyoming (UW) and Director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy. He was previously employed with the Pennsylvania State University, Bank of America, and the Congressional Budget Office. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell, an M.S. from Purdue, and a B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.

The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within  Ohio State University, including OSU Extension and Ohio Sea Grant, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at


Jill Jentes Banicki