Shale Reality Check: The Need for Realistic and Transparent Oil & Gas Analysis

Halt The Harm, Post Carbon Institute, and Stop the Frack Attack collaborated to host a webinar focusing on Post Carbon Institute's newly-released reports (authored by earth scientist J. David Hughes) assessing the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s most recent projections for domestic tight (“shale”) oil and shale gas production.

The reports (“2016 Tight Oil Reality Check” and “2016 Shale Gas Reality Check”) evaluate the U.S. Energy Information Administration's increasingly optimistic projections in light of actual production data (through June 2016) and the agency’s own previous estimates. The reports raise critical questions about the veracity and volatility of the EIA’s estimates, questions that are especially important as the Trump Administration sets its domestic energy policy.

Watch this webinar to learn more about the EIA’s projections and consistent optimism bias for future energy prices and production, as well as how it has created problems for frontline communities and landowners.

About the Presenters:

Asher Miller - Post Carbon Institute

Asher Miller


Asher Miller is the Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute where he develops and manages programs that help communities, governments, businesses, and individuals create a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.  Prior to joining Post Carbon Institute, Asher founded Climate Changers, an organization that inspires people to reduce their impact on the climate by focusing on simple and achievable actions anyone can take.


Barbara Arrindell


Barbara Arrindell, Director and one of the founders of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability or ‘DCS’- which is named for the town many of the founders are from.  DCS started the wake up about gas drilling on the East Coast at the beginning of 2008 and started encouraging others to speak out and take notice. The movie, Gasland, is dedicated to DCS.

David Hughes - Post Carbon Institute

David Hughes


David Hughes is an earth scientist who has studied the energy resources of Canada for four decades, including 32 years with the Geological Survey of Canada as a scientist and research manager. Over the past decade, Hughes has researched, published and lectured widely on global energy and sustainability issues in North America and internationally.


Dakota Raynes


Dakota is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. Their general research interests highlight issues of inequality and development of social movements. Dakota is an activist scholar with a preference for participatory action research.

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