Pa. Academy seeks abstracts for shale symposium at Pitt-Bradford


The Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences is seeking abstracts for a symposium on shale gas resources during its annual meeting at the Pitt-Bradford this spring. 

            The symposium, “Shale Gas Resources: On Marcellus and Utica Shale,” will be held April 6 as part of the academy’s 89th annual meeting on campus April 5-7.

            Dr. Assad Panah, professor of geology and director of the petroleum technology program at Pitt-Bradford, is general chairman of the symposium, past president and current webmaster of the academy.

            More than 200 college students, faculty members, high school teachers and representatives of local industry are expected to attend the meeting.

            Abstracts are being accepted for 20-minute presentations about exploration and production of Marcellus/Utica shale gas reserves. Possible topics could include the geologic setting, economic impact, workforce needs and training, surface and groundwater protection, hydraulic fracturing techniques and fluids, shale gas lease acquisition, frac wastewater recycling and reuse, and fracing-related earthquakes.

            Abstracts can be submitted online at the academy website, The deadline for submission is March 4, 2013.

            A teacher education workshop will also be held as part of the meeting, and Pitt-Bradford will provide Act 48 credits to teachers attending the Shale Gas Symposium.

            For more information, contact Panah at (814) 362-7569 or

            For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814) 362-7609 or