ExxonMobil and GE will be investing $1 million each to establish new training programs at three different universities, including Penn State. The other schools are the University of Texas at Austin and the Colorado School of Mines.
These training programs are being put in place to ensure that policymakers have access to the latest expertise to assist in any shale development.
The “Shale Gas Regulators Training Program” from Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research will provide practices that train people who oversee the drilling industry. This will offer new regulators the chance to learn the latest science-based concepts related to geology, petroleum technology, and environmental quality.
GE produces many technologies for the shale-gas sector. GE CEO Jeff Immelt said in the release he thought “smart regulation” was a key “to America leading the world in shale-gas development.”
Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, the world’s largest non-government-owned energy company, said, “Americans rightly want to know that these resources are being produced safely and responsibly.”
Of course, the Department of Environmental Protection is very involved in the process and wants to review the curriculum before the training is put in place. The DEP would like to confirm that the information in the training courses would be beneficial.