On Jan. 30, 2015, ECP and Appraisal Center of Environmental Engineering, Ministry of Environmental Protection (ACEE) co-organized US-China Workshop on Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development at Landmark Hotel in Beijing. The workshop was greatly supported by Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the US Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS), US Department of Energy (DOE) and AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE (ANSI) and participated by more than 100 attendees including representatives from MEP, MEP affiliated agencies/think tanks, local EPBs, well-known international organizations, and more than 20 US& Chinese companies.
Mr. Zhongnong Chang from Department of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), MEP, Mr. Carl Kress, the Regional Director for East Asia of USTDA, Mr. Geoff Jackson, the Executive Director of ECP made the opening remarks. Mr. Nicholas Carlson, the Deputy Director of USDOE Beijing office introduced the shale gas progresses and challenges in US. Mr. Dawei Zhang, Director General, Mineral Resource Reserves Assessment Center, Ministry of Land and Resources introduced the latest shale gas progress and plan in China. ACEE, PRCEE, CAEP of MEP introduced the situation of EIA and environmental management and current work on related regulations and standards. The representatives from MEP, MOL, USDOE, NRDC, EDF and Thermofisher discussed the shale gas environmental regulations/standards in the morning section. In the afternoon section, US company representatives from Baker Botts, GE, DOW, Baker Hughes, Aquatech shared the US regulations, technologies and practices of water treatment/recycle during shale gas development. PetroChina Chuanqing Drilling Engineering Company and Sinopec Jianghan Oilfield Company introduced the progress of their shale gas sites and water pollution prevention and control practices. The speakers and the attendees had a hot discussion on related topics during the panel discussion. Mr. Liang Peng, the Deputy Director General of ACEE and Val Huston, the Principal Commercial Officer of US Embassy summarized the workshop on behalf of Chinese side and US side.
Participants from all parties spoke highly of this workshop. It provided the US experience in shale gas environmental regulations, standards and cases, which is a good reference for the Chinese stakeholders including MEP, local EBPs, Chinese companies and other agencies to promote related regulations/standards and execute environmental management in China. And it provided valuable information for US stakeholders to understand the latest shale gas development and environmental management in China. ECP is looking forward to cooperate for further cooperation on shale gas issues from both central government level and local government level, including the environmental management topics.