TARIES (Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Scienc) was formed to address the environmental impacts of the discovery, development, production, and use of energy resources in Appalachia and is under the direction of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech.
ARIES, in cooperation with the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), is sponsoring the 2015 Environmental Considerations in Energy Production Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 20- 23, 2015. The call for papers for the 2015 meeting is now closed.
The 2015 conference is a follow up on the 2013 ECEP symposium held in Charleston, West Virginia. (Proceedings volume is available from SME here.) .
ARIES engages in detailed studies of the environmental impacts of the mining, gas, and energy sectors in Appalachia, focusing on both upstream (mining, drilling, and processing) and downstream (water, land, and air) issues. To meet that purpose, ARIES conducts scientific inquiry and research, fosters publication and contributes to the relevant literature, and engages in outreach efforts to share and disseminate results.
The members of ARIES have undertaken a carefully-structured array of interrelated studies, currently divided into four emphasis areas: