Shale, Electric Cars and More: UH Forum Addresses Future of Energy

UH Energy Symposium to Consider OPEC’s Role, Other Key Issues

Booming production in the shale fields of the Permian Basin has upended conventional wisdom in the oil industry, sending supply soaring in the face of relatively flat demand and raising questions about how – and whether – OPEC will be able to maintain its traditional role in controlling prices.

That and other issues will be addressed at the UH Energy symposium series Thursday, Nov. 16. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Houston Room of the University of Houston Student Center South.

Speakers on the panel represent a variety of perspectives. They include:

  • R.T. Dukes, research director for US Lower 48 Upstream at Wood Mackenzie and a longtime student of the shale scene
  • Antoine Halff, senior research scholar at the Columbia University Center on Global Research Policy
  • Charles Sternbach, president of Star Creek Energy and president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Chris Tomlinson, business columnist for the Houston Chronicle and Fellow in journalism at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Tracy Hester, an environmental lawyer with the UH Law Center, will serve as moderator.


WHAT:                          “Permian and Peak Demand: Death of OPEC?” UH Energy Symposium exploring one of

                                          the hottest topics in energy.

WHEN:                          5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16

WHERE:                        UH Student Center South, Houston Room. Parking across the street in Welcome Center

                                         Garage. Map.

MEDIA CONTACT:    Jeannie Kever, 713-743-0778,



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