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Liquids Rich Shale…So You Believe in Peak Oil?

15 – 17 May 2013

Rancho Palos Verdes, California | Terranea Resort

About this Workshop


The third annual gathering of global technology experts will examine the exponential growth in liquids rich shale development across North America and beyond. The light, tight oil boom shows no sign of slowing down. Developers are applying technologies of all types to fast-track the development of liquids rich shale plays. The questions to debate are:

  • Will the United States achieve energy independence before the end of the decade?
  • Will liquids production in the lower 48 surpass Saudi Arabia by 2015?

Some industry leaders remain unconvinced that production rates can be sustained, citing “sweet spots” as the source of premature euphoria. Others point to the persistent anti-fracking lobby and the growing threat of local and national regulation that might strangle the golden tight oil goose. Observers and developers alike are anxious to uncover answers to questions such as:

  • Has our technical ability to unlock light, tight oil resources truly moved Hubbert’s peak?
  • Is our newlywed infatuation with liquids rich shale about to wear off and leave us struggling to deliver the promised new age of oil?

Join experts from around the world to engage in informed debates and discussions on the critical technological issues that will help clarify whether another, higher peak in oil production is still waiting to be climbed.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.