Nancy L. Sauer
Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University 

Almost daily city and county governments are struggling to balance the positive benefits (tax and fee revenues, jobs, etc.) associated with the production of oil and gas within their jurisdiction with possible negative effects on the health and safety of their citizens (threats to water supplies, health threats, etc.).  Vast supplies of much needed oil and gas from Shale formations are being developed and enhanced by the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.  A hypothetical town meeting will be held wherein an oil company is asking for permission to drill and hydrofrac several oil and gas wells within the city limits.  Students will portray members of the City Council of West, Colorado, county officials, executives and technical representatives of the oil company, regulatory officials, trade associations, representatives of the environmental community, local business persons and local landowners. 

Nancy Sauer teaches Business-Government Relations at the Jones School and has also lectured at Texas A & M University, the University of Texas, and the University of Oklahoma on government relations, environmental policy and business ethics issues. She operates a government relations consulting practice that provides: political risk assessment, trend analysis, issue management, lobbying, crisis communication, product stewardship and social responsibility services to energy companies and financial institutions.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 5:15pm
Room M104 - Class of '99 Classroom, McClelland Bldg., Knight Management Center, Graduate School of Business
Event Sponsor(s): 
Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford Energy Club
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The Seminar is co-sponsored by the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, The Stanford Energy Club, and the GSB Energy Club. Members of the Stanford Community and the public are invited to attend.