The Paradox of Shale


IBP, ABGP and SPE Brazil are pleased to invite you to shed a light on the paradoxical realities underscoring the challenges inherent in predicting the global future of shale.

Join Scott Tinker as he addresses production from shale reservoirs in the United States and Canada and how it has changed the global energy landscape.

Get to know our special guest for this debate:

Mr. Scott Tinker works to bring disparate groups together to address difficult challenges. Dr. Tinker is director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute, the Association of American State Geologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Dr. Tinker is a Halbouty Leadership Medalist, a Boyd Medalist, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In his visits to nearly 60 countries, he has given over 700 keynote and invited lectures to government, industry, academic, and general audiences. He serves on many private, public, academic, and government boards and advisory councils. Tinker co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and is used on thousands of K-12 and college campuses. Dr. Tinker is working on a new film addressing global energy poverty called SwitchOn.


Production from shale reservoirs in the United States and Canada has changed the global energy landscape. Yet shale reservoirs remain enigmatic. Industry analysts debate whether shale producers lose money or make money, but few would argue that the North American economy has benefited significantly from shale production. Studies show that shale resources are massive, yet ultimate production from shale given current technology represents less than 10% of the resource in place. The environmental impacts from shale development are real, yet CO2emissions in the U.S. have decreased faster than those of any major nation on Earth, thanks largely to shale gas replacing coal in power generation. The politics of shale are complex, with some governments, NGOs, and industries in strong support and others in strong resistance. The complex interplay of these paradoxical realities underscores the challenges inherent in predicting the global future of shale.

* Event in English, with no simultaneous translation



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