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Topic: Air, Water, Oil, and Gas – Balancing Resources and Impacts

Speaker: Joseph Ryan, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Time: Tuesday, May 8, 11:30am-1pm

CEMS will not be applying for a CLE for this presentation

Over the past decade, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling accelerated oil and gas development in Colorado.  Much of the development occurred closer to populated areas than in the past and raised concerns about public health and disruption of residential communities.  Over the past five years, our National Science Foundation-funded research network has assessed the risks and benefits of oil and gas development in the Colorado.  We examined air quality, water quality, public health, and social, political, and economic effects with the goal of better incorporation of science in oil and gas regulations.  This presentation will provide an overview of the research with a focus on water quality and the occurrence of methane and organic contaminants in aquifers above Denver-Julesburg Basin in northeastern Colorado.

Joseph Ryan is a Professor and Bennett-Lindstedt Faculty Fellow in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado.  He has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1993.  He is affiliated with the Environmental Engineering Program in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Environmental Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Joe holds a B.S. degree in geological engineering from Princeton University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His research and outreach focuses on the fate and transport of contaminants in natural waters.  Current research efforts include investigations of the role of organic matter and colloids in the speciation and transport of contaminants and the effects of oil and gas development on water quality.  He and his co-authors have published seventy-some articles on these topics.  Joe is the faculty director of the National Science Foundation-funded AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network, a multi-institution team of twenty-seven researchers addressing the effects of oil and gas development on air and water resources in the Rocky Mountain region.  He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Chemical Society, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

CEMS May 2018 Presentation Notes

LOCATION: The EPA Conference Center located on the 2nd floor of the EPA Region 8 Headquarters building at 1595 Wynkoop St. When entering the building, visitors will be asked by the building security guards to display valid photo identification, pass through airport type security machines, sign in at the lower front desk, and wear a temporary EPA visitor badge. Then please proceed to the second floor to register with the CEMS representative.

MEETING FORMAT: Members may either bring their own lunch and attend the meeting for no charge, or they may request that CEMS order a box lunch for them. The cost of the box lunch for members is $16.00; for non members, $19.00 (note price increase).

RESERVATIONS: PLEASE give your name, company name and phone number via email to admin@coems.org. PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU ARE RESERVING A BOX LUNCH OR BRINGING YOUR OWN. Reservations must be received BEFORE Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:00PM. No reservations will be taken after this date! Payment of $16.00 for members, $19.00 for non-members will be accepted at the door with prior reservation. Please cancel your reservation by Friday, May 4, 2018 if you are unable to attend. It is the policy of the Society to bill for meals reserved but unclaimed. You may also pay with credit card via PAYPAL below:

Box Lunch

NOTICE: CEMS would like to thank EPA for the use of meeting space and would like to emphasize that the use of EPA space does not constitute endorsement of CEMS, sponsors of CEMS functions, or the content of CEMS workshops or meetings.