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Forbes.com Features UH Professor’s Op-Ed on Developing Unconventional Energy Resources

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Natalie Thayer
Christine Ehlig-Economides
Christine Ehlig-Economides

Forbes.com recently featured a blog post written by the Cullen College’s William C. Miller Endowed Chair Professor of Petroleum Engineering and UH Energy Fellow, Christine Ehlig-Economides. She is the third UH Energy representative to be featured on the site in recent months.

Ehlig-Economides’s research primarily focuses on production and conventional and shale reservoir engineering. This background informs her article “U.S. Has the Edge for Developing Unconventional Resources.” In the article, she highlights the “near miracles” achieved by the upstream petroleum industry’s use of unconventional resources, such as horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. She also discusses the challenges associated with exploring unconventional resources, such as implementation costs, relevant technology and accommodating legal, logistical and political infrastructures.

“Any one of those issues can be a barrier to successful development, but they all align in the United States,” she said.

The University of Houston’s Energy Ambassador program is part of the UH Energy initiative. UH Energy is an interdisciplinary platform that integrates University-wide efforts related to energy and sustainability. It is a hub for energy education, research and technology incubation, working to shape the energy future and forge new business approaches in the energy industry.

The blog post was originally published on the UH Energy Fellows blog.

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