Video On Demand

Developing North America's Unconventional Oil Resources: Focus on Tight Oil

December 7, 2011 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST

The CSIS Energy and National Security Program is pleased to host a group of experts to discuss the resource and production potential of tight oil in the US and the local and regional challenges that must be addressed to ensure responsible development.

As a consequence of access, technology and higher prices, the resource development picture in North America has been undergoing remarkable changes.  The shale gas “revolution” has been widely publicized, but Canada and the United States also possess several world-class oil basins, including significant areas of prospective new growth in the Bakken, EagleFord, Niobrara and elsewhere.  The staggering growth in production from the Bakken has catapulted North Dakota into the top tier of oil producing states in the lower 48 and the promise of additional Bakken –like structures paint a far rosier picture for US output going forward. Of course, realization of this vision requires the prudent and environmentally responsible development of these enormous resources and also requires the installation of scalable infrastructure, thoughtful policies, effective regulation and management of the attendant “above ground” issues.

Opening Remarks and Moderator
Guy Caruso, Senior Adviser, CSIS Energy and National Security Program

Resource & Production Outlook: Andrew Slaughter, Business Environment Advisor-Upstream Americas, Shell Exploration & Production Company

NPC White Paper Author: Jim Sorensen, Senior Research Manager, Energy & Environmental Research Center

Infrastructure and Transportation: Ben Montalbano, Senior Research Analyst, Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC)

Local Impacts, Concerns and Policies: Daryl Dukart, Dunn County Commissioner, Dunn County North Dakota

Beyond the Bakken – Developments in Eagle Ford: Danny Brown, General Manager, Maverick Basin, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

This session will be on the record. Registration is required no later than COB, Tuesday, December 6.  Please send your confirmation to


Guy Caruso
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program