CSUR’s Outreach program aims to educate the public on issues relating to unconventional oil and gas development. CSUR tailors its presentations to the needs of the audience. For technical audiences (such as University geoscience and engineering students), we will focus on technical points, show students how their education can be applied in the field of unconventional oil and gas development. We do address environmental issues, but generally not to the same extent as for the non-technical audiences. We will have both a two-hour and a full day session available for this audience. For non-technical audiences, our focus is two-fold:1. Define and explain unconventional oil and gas, so that the audience understands how it differs from conventional oil and gas, and why there are specific associated environmental issues.
The focus of our presentations can be adjusted to fit the requirements of a specific group and the reason for the presentation. We can structure our presentations as either a two-hour session or a full-day session. CSUR provides relevant and technically-accurate information around environmental issues, such as water resources, land use, and air quality/pollution. The importance of a balanced approach along with economic, environmental and social acceptance is stressed.
For all audiences, we contrast scientific and technical/operational facts with “common knowledge”, media reports, and misinformation. Where time allows, we view and discuss video clips. We will also strive to invoke the principles of critical thought and strategic sustainability. The need to achieve a balance between the needs of the economy, the environment, and society.
CSUR OUTREACH PROGRAM AND PLANNING
PRESENTATIONS: We have refined the core presentations extensively to fit various audiences. Below is an example of the presentation titles we have to offer. For more information on these presentations please contact CSUR directly.
Presentations have been developed by staff and volunteers to date, and expansion of the program is very much dependent upon these and financial resources. Our plan is to explore ways in which we can continue to provide high-quality presentations under this program, as well as develop additional modules that will allow for more flexibility and specificity in each presentation.