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Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic Fracturing: A Wyoming Energy Forum

Hydraulic Fracturing: A Wyoming Energy Forum was held September 26-27, 2011 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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The use of hydraulic fracturing to recover oil and gas resources from unconventional geological formations has significantly increased in recent years in Wyoming and elsewhere in the United States. The expanded application of hydraulic fracturing has spurred a significant increase in domestic energy production, and has also generated public concern about the potential environmental impacts of the practice. The University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources will co-host a public forum in Laramie to provide information to the public, media, and policymakers about the use of hydraulic fracturing in petroleum and natural gas development in Wyoming.

The Hydraulic Fracturing Forum will explore technical issues and environmental concerns related to hydraulic fracturing technology and activities directly linked to its deployment. Desired outcomes of the forum include increased public understanding of the role of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas development in Wyoming, an inventory of worker safety and environmental mitigation best practices, and a list of specific research gaps that need to be addressed in the state. A Steering Committee composed of representatives from industry, regulatory agencies, and the environmental community guided the development of the forum agenda.

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