UH Energy, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Host Energy Symposium Series

Series will Feature Four Moderated Debates on Critical Energy Issues


The University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and UH Energy today announced its 2013-14 Energy Symposium Series, featuring moderated debates between industry speakers on critical issues facing the energy industry.

The series will kick off Oct. 8 with a debate on hydraulic fracturing, featuring Paul Krishna, issues manager for environmental, health and safety at XTO Energy, and Scott Anderson, senior policy advisor for the Environmental Defense Fund’s climate and energy program.

Margaret Hill, a partner at Blank Rome, will serve as moderator.

“Energy is a complex, multifaceted issue, and UH serves as a location to share ideas and discuss issues that go beyond the popular sound bites,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, who directs the UH energy initiative. “We are engaging with respected experts from the industry and think-tanks to better educate our students, staff, faculty, alumni and the broader Houston community.”

The series is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Hilton University of Houston Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom, beginning at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to uhenergyseries.eventbrite.com.

Subsequent debates will focus on liquefied natural gas exports, Nov. 12; the threat of climate change, Feb. 11, and the sustainability of renewable energy, March 4.

Krishnamoorti said hydraulic fracturing is a critical topic because along with horizontal drilling, it has revolutionized the nation’s energy landscape. But that has come at the cost of significant controversy.

“The discussion we are engaging in here is to truly understand the process of fracking and best practices, and to determine if such processes can be truly sustainable as the technology is going to be deployed worldwide,” he said.