On January 9, 2012, The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University held a hydrofracking workshop. The organizers invited a number of speakers from both industry and academia to discuss a contentious, but important energy issue from a variety of perspectives. You can read about the workshop on TheGreenGrok on a post titled Minds Meet on Shale Gas, Fracking.
The talks and question and answer sessions were webcast, recorded and are available to view at your leisure.
The keynote speaker was Michael Parker, from ExxonMobil’s XTO subsidiary. He provided a summary of ExxonMobil’s recently released Energy Outlook and described how producing unconventional natural gas using hydraulic fracturing fits in with their view of the future. Of course, producing large quantities of natural gas is only half of the challenge – without a large market for that gas, the material would simply become an explosive storage problem.
Mr. Parker explained that ExxonMobil’s target market is the US electricity market. His presentation clearly illustrated why I frequently point to petroleum companies as energy market competitors with the means, motive, and opportunity for discouraging nuclear energy development.
Here is a remix of Parker’s talk with some atomicrod commentary wedged in. Hope you enjoy.
Hat tip to Andy Revkin’s Dot Earth blog post titled Beyond Hype, a Closer Look at New York’s Choice on Shale Gas