A rush for Marcellus gas in Pennsylvania, could this work in New York? Tony Ingraffea, himself a pioneer in understanding lifecycle emissions of natural gas production, introduces a series of speakers who provide the Industry view of the opportunity, the science, a predictive model, and risk/reward analysis.
- President, Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, Inc.
- Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering
- Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
- Ph.D. University of Colorado; Civil Engineering
Dr. Ingraffea performed research and development on oil and gas production and transportation for over 25 years. Recently he has been engaged in research and publication on methane emissions and wellbore integrity, and in public education concerning shale gas.
James (Chip) Northrup
- B.A. Southern Methodist University
- M.B.A. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance
- Oil and gas investor and former planning manager at Atlantic Richfield
Northrup has been an entrepreneur and private investor in solar energy companies, propane fuel system companies, oil and gas exploration and production, onshore and offshore oil rigs, real estate developments and tech start up companies for over 30 years.
- B.Sc. St. Lawrence University
- Graduate Study, Carleton University
- Cal TechExpertise in hard rock geology; field work in igneous and high-grade metamorphic petrology of Precambrian era.
What characteristics of a shale formation are most conducive to productive gas wells? Where are those characteristics present in Pennsylvania and New York? Brian Brock connects the geology of the Marcellus to where gas is found in abundance, and where yields are much less dramatic.
Brock has worked on both terrestrial and lunar rocks, and has mapped for both NYS Geological Survey in the Adirondacks and the U.S. Geological Survey out west.
Thomas G. (Jerry) Acton
- B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy
- M.S. Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University
We know the geology in Pennsylvania and New York, and we know how hydrofracked gas wells have performed in Pennsylvania. Based on that, what well productivity can we project for New York State, should high volume hydrofracturing be permitted? Mr. Acton develops a model based on shale gas geology, tests it against actual well data in Pennsylvania, then uses this proven model to predict how wells drilled into the same shale formation would perform in New York State.
First hired by IBM as a systems engineer and anti-submarine warfare expert, Acton worked for 31 years as a lead systems engineer and systems architect for IBM and Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY. He was responsible for architecture, requirements, design and operational performance on a wide variety of large, complex military, government and commercial systems. (Retired.)
- B.S. (Honors), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
- M.B.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Business
What motivates companies to lease rights and drill wells? What does actual behavior reveal about the prospects drillers perceive for New York? How does this compare to what the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has been advertising? This presentation pulls together the industry view by Chip Northrup, the geology explained by Brian Brock, and the predictive model by Jerry Acton. Mr. Allstadt then goes further, to highlight the risks drilling would pose to New York, as well as the consequences New York is already experiencing due to drilling in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Retired Executive Vice President of Mobil Oil Corporation and Operating Officer for Exploration and Producing in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. In that role, he had oversight of Mobil’s oil and gas drilling, both onshore and offshore, in the western hemisphere.
Camera: Eric Walton and Owen Crowley
Editing: Owen Crowley