University of Texas at Austin

Chinese Regulators Seek Answers at the Bureau for Shale Gas Production

August 11, 2017

A delegation from China—including leaders from the country’s environmental regulatory authority, the Chinese Assessment Center of Environment and Engineering—recently visited the Bureau of Economic Geology for a day of presentations and discussions about advancing China’s fledgling shale-gas exploration and promoting that country’s natural-gas production without overly restrictive environmental regulations.

The visitors met with representatives from the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Environmental Defense Fund and learned about the Bureau’s work researching the impacts of shale exploration on groundwater resources and on possible induced seismicity. Bureau associate director Michael Young also discussed other areas of interest in the Bureau’s Environmental Research Division. 

The visit by the Chinese delegation was yet another example of the Bureau’s international reputation for leadership in energy and environmental research—bringing people of differing disciplines and philosophies together in the space Director Scott Tinker has dubbed “The Radical Middle” to have meaningful discussions based on sound science.  

China delegation

Alexandros Savvaidis (standing, background) and Peter Hennings (standing, right) answer questions from members of the delegation from the Chinese Assessment Center of Environment and Engineering.