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Governor Hickenlooper delivered the opening address setting the stage for panelists to discuss energy efficiency and energy innovation. The second day focused entirely on natural gas. Jim Brown, President of the Western Hemisphere at Halliburton, gave an overview of unconventional energy development (hydraulic fracturing). Mark Zoback, a Professor in the Department of Geophysics at the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, shared scientific studies linking ground injections to increased seismic activity and the risks of water contamination.
The event was educational and relevant. The students enjoyed their visit to the Rocky Mountains, and the opportunity to hear about energy developments and trends from experts. Attendee Chris Simmons shared, "The Vail Global Energy Forum was an incredible opportunity to bring my personal environmentalism, academic passion, and work experiences into fruition through a two day forum of top-notch academics and industry leading professionals. The forum afforded me an opportunity to network with a wide variety attendees, and to increase my knowledge of global energy concerns and solutions."
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