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OEH Seminar: Shale petroleum development: Air emissions and implications
Friday, March 24, 2017 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Venue: Gage Building, Room 108. 223 College Street (enter off Ross Street). University of Toronto
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: In Person; Webinar
About the presentation:
Shale petroleum resource development has been a driving force for the renaissance of the North American energy industry. This development creates concerns regarding environmental and health impacts; many of which are not well understood or quantified.  From the atmospheric perspective, knowledge on emissions of pollutants is critically lacking.  Whether these new development activities contribute significant amounts of methane and air toxics on a local and regional basis remains an unanswered question.  In Canada, shale petroleum resources are present in every province and territory, and large scale development has taken place in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.  To address part of the question on potential atmospheric impacts from shale petroleum development, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) conducted projects in northeast BC in Sept 2013 and southeast Saskatchewan in Oct-Nov 2015.  The objectives of these projects were to 1) determine whether petroleum resource development releases air pollutants to the atmosphere, 2) determine the emission rates of air pollutants from these development activities and 3) provide data that can be used in emission inventory development. Data and initial analysis results from both studies will be presented and implications will be discussed at the seminar.

About the presenter:
Dr. Shao-Meng Li

Dr. Shao-Meng Li is a senior research scientist at the Air Quality Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).  He leads large ECCC research programs on air quality and is engaged in laboratory studies, ground field studies, and airborne campaigns.  His research focuses on emissions and atmospheric processing of aerosols and trace gases.  He has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers in journals including Nature, Science, PNAS, and top environmental and earth science journals with >5000 citations, and prepared more than 20 scientific assessment reports and strategic guidelines for the World Meteorological Organization and the Federal Government of Canada.  Dr. Li was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research for 6 years, and served on many national and international scientific advisory panels, such as the WMO GAW Program, US EPA STAR Program, NASA ACCDAM and ACMAP Panels, and the European ACTRIS Program.
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