Hovan and Farnsworth Present at Shale Network Workshop

Posted on 5/28/2018 11:19:39 AM

Steve Hovan and Katie Farnsworth, Geoscience Department, presented at the 2018 Shale Network Workshop at Penn State in mid-May 2018. This workshop brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss impacts from unconventional gas development.

The 2018 workshop was titled “Integrating Data about Shale Gas Development: Toward a More Collaborative Future.” Members of watershed associations, environmental groups, industry, government organizations, and academia came together to share findings and discuss impacts from shale gas development.

Steve Hovan presented a talk and a poster that previewed a soon-to-be-released mobile app: “Well Mapper: A new app to crowdsource location and condition of abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells.” Hovan also served on a panel discussion focused on the “next steps” of how to tackle the issues of abandoned legacy oil and gas wells.

Katie Farnsworth, along with collaborator Cindy Rogers of Evergreen Conservancy, also had two presentations. The first was a talk titled “Building a Collaboration Between Citizen Groups and Scientists: Monitoring Energy Extraction Impacts to Surface Water in Indiana County.” The second was a poster focusing on a secondary group that has grown out of our collaboration on water quality. It was titled “The Research, Educational, and Environmental Benefits of the Indiana County Stormwater Education Partnership.”