Shale Program 

The accelerated pace of unconventional oil and gas development in eastern Ohio has opened up many opportunities and created many questions about the future of the region. As a major research institution located within the state’s Utica and Marcellus shale plays, Ohio University has a responsibility to address the complex economic, social, environmental and technical questions associated with shale development in Ohio. CE3’s deep-rooted understanding of the regional players and politics allows us to work with local governments, communities, businesses and non-profit groups, presenting fact-based research and studies that help address the impacts that shale development is having on Ohio’s economy and environment.

CE3’s work to date related to shale demonstrates a range of expertise and the priority we place on maximizing our regional assets to provide unbiased research, outreach and learning opportunities. Examples of our work include:

  • Advanced fuels research
  • Advanced materials development
  • Business assistance and supply chain management
  • Community surveys
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Data management, mapping and spatial analysis
  • Environmental monitoring and mitigation

Point of Contact

Jen Bowman
Interim Director of Environmental Programs
Ohio University Voinovich School

Example Projects

All Projects 

Webinar: Severance Taxes & Wealth Retention in Shale Country

Severance taxes are important sources of revenue to many state governments in the U.S., including Alaska and Texas. This revenue can be used for a variety of purposes such as funding current expenditures or creating permanent trust funds. The shale revolution across Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania has prompted these states to revisit their severance tax policies. This webinar will document the current status of state-based severance taxes across the U.S., summarize the current policy debate, and explore the costs and benefits of imposing new, or increasing existing, severance taxes. Join the webinar on December 6 to hear our expert panelists discuss energy taxes as they relate to regional wealth management and economic development strategies to bolster local economies. Speakers include:

  • Ted Boettner, Executive Director, West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy
  • Wendy Patton, Senior Project Director, Policy Matters Ohio
  • Daniel Raimi, Senior Research Associate, Resources for the Future
  • Moderator : Dr. Daniel Karney, Assistant Professor, Dept of Economics, Ohio University

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00-1:30 pm
Register today!
Click here to view the flyer in pdf.

Questions? Contact Elissa Welch at

Tags: Energy,Policy,Shale

Webinar: Methane Regulations: Federal, State and Local Trends

On October 18, 2017, Ohio University hosted a Shale Innovation Project Webinar entitled, “Methane Regulation: Federal, State, and Local Trends.” Our expert panel of speakers covered the evolution and impact of methane regulations, the future of industry activity in response to regulation and other voluntary emissions reduction programs, and how policymakers can balance growth and environmental best practices. To view the speakers' presentations in .pdf, click on their names below.

The webinar is archived for viewing on the Voinovich School YouTube Channel here.

Tags: Air,Shale

OHIO Webinar: Shale Midstream Market Trends in Ohio River Valley

On September 20, 2017 from 12:00-1:30 pm, the Voinovich School hosted a webinar exploring the connections between resource extraction and wealth retention.

The webinar discussed how drilling for oil and gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays may have slowed in recent years, but the region is poised for the next phase of industry development: the midstream. It focused specifically on these questions: As midstream operations evolve in the Marcellus and Utica area, will new transmission and refining capacity benefit regional manufacturers and their supply chains by attracting capital investments and the jobs that come with it? What is the current state of the midstream sector of the industry, what is on the horizon, and what impacts may these investments have on regional economic development and job creation? 

The webinar included speakers Jenn Klein, President of the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council, Chris Zeigler, Executive Director of API Ohio, and Kevin Petak, Managing Director for Natural Gas and Liquids Markets. It was moderated by Dr. Daniel Karney, Assistant Professor of Economics in Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The full webinar can be watched on our CE3 YouTube Channel at

View Jenn Klein's presentation here , Chris Zeigler's presentation here , and Kevin Petak's presentation here

Tags: Shale

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