Second Eastern Unconventional Oil and Gas Symposium scheduled for May 7–8, 2018


Energy issues, from discoveries of new oil and gas reserves to the prices at the gas pump, continually occupy today’s headlines. Emerging energy resources in the eastern United States will be highlighted as two research institutes at the University of Kentucky organize the second Eastern Unconventional Oil and Gas Symposium, scheduled for May 7–8, 2018, at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center North in Lexington.

Unconventional energy resources come from geologic formations with low porosity or permeability, or heavy oil, which require advanced technology to achieve commercial rates of production. Examples include organic-rich shales, tight sandstones, and tar sands.

The Kentucky Geological Survey and the Center for Applied Energy Research are co-sponsoring the second Unconventional Oil and Gas gathering. The first in the symposium series, held in Lexington November 5–7, 2014, attracted 120 participants and focused on issues and challenges related to energy, such as exploration, regulation, and the environment.

The organizers of the 2018 event hope to appeal to a broad audience from oil- and gas-producing areas of the northeastern and midwestern states in the Appalachian, Illinois, and Michigan Basins, as well as other parts of the United States. The meeting will open with a plenary session on Monday, May 7, followed by technical sessions that afternoon and Tuesday morning.

Abstracts of papers to be presented at the meeting are due January 26, 2018. More information about the 2018 meeting and a link to the proceedings of the 2014 meeting are available for prospective presenters.
The website will be updated as planning for the meeting progresses.


The first in the unconventional oil and gas symposium series, held in Lexington November 5–7, 2014, attracted 120 participants.

Last Modified on 2018-06-22
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