John Veil, of Argonne National Laboratory, is speaking at Tuesday’s M. Gordon Wolman Seminar Series


Mr. John Veil, of Argonne National Laboratory will be speaking at the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering's, M. Gordon Wolman Seminar Series, Tuesday February 8, 2011, 3 p.m.  at 234 Ames Hall, on JHU's Homewood Campus.

"Water & Energy—Inexorably Entwined Dance Partners, but without Perfect 

Abstract: Water and energy are entwined in many ways. Water is a byproduct of some types of energy production. Water is a necessary ingredient or catalyst for other types of energy production. Water can be a source of energy directly or indirectly. But water needs energy to treat and purify it for end uses. Water is a dense material and requires energy to move it from one place to another. Society rarely encounters the right balance of water and energy. Imbalances in either component lead to environmental impacts, large costs, and social challenges. This 
seminar explores the fundamental and immutable relationship between energy and water in traditional and emerging energy areas and through consideration of different water sources. The seminar will also discuss some societal, legal, and policy barriers that can impede a smooth interrelationship between the two partners. Veil will also spend a few minutes describing the natural gas activities in the Marcellus Shale with an emphasis on water issues.

Bio: John Veil is the manager of the Water Policy Program for Argonne National Laboratory in Washington, DC, where he holds the rank of senior scientist.  He analyzes a variety of energy industry water and waste issues for the Department of Energy. Mr. Veil has a B.A. in Earth and Planetary Science from Johns Hopkins University, and two M.S. degrees— in Zoology and Civil Engineering—from the University of Maryland. Before joining Argonne, Mr. Veil managed Maryland’s programs for industrial water pollution control permitting through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Underground Injection Control (UIC).  Mr. Veil also served as a faculty member of the University of Maryland, Department of Zoology for several years. Mr. Veil has been recognized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers as a Distinguished Lecturer in 2008-2009, and as the recipient of the 2009 international award for Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility. Mr. Veil has published many articles and reports and is frequently invited to make presentations on environmental and energy issues.


John Veil, Argonne National Laboratory, M. Gordon Wolman Seminar Series