Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan: Integrated Assessment Overview & Discussion

Event Date and Time: 
3/5/2013 - 1:30 pm
Online Web Stream (and Question/Comment Submission Form)

The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute invites you to take part in an important conversation concerning hydraulic fracturing in the State of Michigan, with a key opportunity to do so via the Internet on March 5, 2013.

Through a partnership involving several University of Michigan units, Governor Snyder's office, state regulators, industry representatives, and environmental organizations, the Graham Sustainability Institute is overseeing a research project to examine the multiple aspects of hydraulic fracturing, with an emphasis on impacts and issues related to the State of Michigan. Using an engaged problem-solving approach called Integrated Assessment (IA), the project combines multidisciplinary technical analysis with active stakeholder engagement to identify potential policy options for Michigan to consider. Additional project details are available at: http://graham.umich.edu/ia/hydraulic-fracturing.php.

Because a critical aspect of the IA process involves engaging with a wide range of decision makers and stakeholders, the university invites you to join us for this conversation via a LIVE WEBSTREAM on March 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (with pre-registration required, please). Not only will you be able to watch the meeting online as it's happening from the comfort of your personal computer, but you'll also have the opportunity to submit questions and comments to a moderator in real time during the event. Please see details below, and spread the word.

Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan: Integrated Assessment Overview & Discussion

Tuesday, March 5, 1:30-3:30PM


1:30-1:40 Welcome and introduction, John Callewaert, Graham Institute
1:40-1:50 Opening remarks, Bill Rustem, Director of Strategic Policy, Governor's Office
1:50-2:00 Brief overview of process and timeline, John Callewaert, Graham Institute
2:00-2:45 Panel presentation and discussion with the U-M faculty members who are leading the preparation of 7 technical reports on the following topics:

  • HUMAN HEALTH: Nil Basu, School of Public Health
  • TECHNOLOGY: Johannes Schwank, Chemical Engineering; John Wilson, Energy Institute
  • GEOLOGY/HYDRODYNAMICS: Brian Ellis, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ENVIRONMENT/ECOLOGY: Allen Burton, School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE); Knute Nadelhoffer, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • POLICY/LAW: Sara Gosman, Law School
  • ECONOMICS: Roland Zullo, Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, & the Economy
  • SOCIAL/PUBLIC PERCEPTION: Andy Hoffman and Kim Wolske, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

2:45-3:15 Facilitated Q & A with panel (participants will be able to submit questions via the live stream web page)
3:15-3:30 Closing remarks and next steps

To receive access to the live stream, please register at http://graham.umich.edu/forms/GESIEventReg.php?ConfID=28 by March 1, 2013.

If you have any questions about this event or project, please contact John Callewaert, Graham Institute Integrated Assessment Program Director at (734) 615-3752 or jcallew@umich.edu. 

Related Links:

Graham Institute's Integrated Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

Project Press Release