Rocky Mountains Conference for Excellence 2013


John Applegath

John Applegath

Sarah Barczyk

Sarah Barczyk

Nathan Bennett

Nathan Bennett

Tony Blando

Tony Blando

Brent Breon

Brent Breon

Stacey Brodak

Stacey Brodak

Art Cantrell

Art Cantrell

Dennis Degner

Dennis Degner

Bryan Dickson

Bryan Dickson

Gary Evans

Gary C. Evans

Rob L. Gough

Rob L. Gough

Aubrey Harper

Aubrey Harper

Stefan Hirniak

Stefan Hirniak

Mike Krancer

Mike Krancer

Greg Lorson

Greg Lorson

Eric Luckey

Eric Luckey

Scott Perry

Scott Perry

David Renz

David Renz

Brittany Thomas

Ms B. Thomas

Dan Weaver

Dan Weaver

Jeff Weis

Jeff Weis

Chad Zamarin

Chad Zamarin

 

The Northeast Conference for Excellence builds on the significant success of the Oil and Gas Awards, a unique series that has become a must-attend industry event. The Northeast Conference for Excellence and Awards Gala Dinner take place on the same day, combining to offer unparalleled learning and networking benefits.

The conference will provide an extended platform to deliver strategic and operational business insights that have clear commercial benefits.

Senior leaders from E&P, Midstream and the vendor community will gather to deliver practical insights on methods for improving best practise and instilling excellence in crucial areas such as drilling & completions, health & safety, environmental protection & regulation and community engagement.

In addition to hearing from our industry leading speaker panels, attending companies include:

Access Midstream  :  Alpha Hunter  :  Anadarko Petroleum Corporation  :  Beemac Trucking  :  Blank Rome LLP  :  Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation  :  Canary, LLC  :  Cartasite  :  Cenergy, LLC  :  Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.  :  Columbia Pipeline Group  :  Department of Environmental Protection (PA)  :  Drill Baby Drill Staffing  :  Eclipse Resources  :  Enersight  :  Fortis Energy Services, Inc.  :  FTS International  :  GreenHunter Water  :  Gulfport Energy Corporation  :  Halliburton  :  HexArmor®  :  Hodgson Russ LLP  :  Hydro Recovery LP  :  Infinity Tool Manufacturing  :  IPC Energy Services  :  IPS Engineering / EPC  :  Jackson Kelly PLLC  :  Keystone Shale Solutions & East Coast Risk Management  :  Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation  :  Marcellus Business Central  :  Marcellus Drilling News  :  Marcellus Shale Coalition  :  McCutcheon Enterprises, Inc.  :  McTish, Kunkel & Associates  :  Monex Europe  :  National Fuel  :  New Pig Energy  :  Newpark Mats & Integrated Services  :  NiSource Midstream Services  :  Noble Energy  :  Noise Solutions  :  Oil & Gas Financial Journal  :  ONG Market Place  :  Pardee Resources Company  :  PIOGA  :  Preferred Technology  :  Progressive Global Energy & Natural Resources  :  PVR Partners, LP  :  Range Resources Corporation  :  Resource Environmental Solutions  :  Rockwater Energy Solutions  :  Sage Environmental Consulting LP  :  Select Energy Services  :  ShaleDirectories.com  :  Shale Markets  :  Shale Media Group  :  T.P. Electric, Inc.  :  TEEMCO  :  TekSolv  :  TETRA® Technologies, Inc.  :  The Law Offices of Cara C. Davis  :  The National Lime and Stone Company  :  The Thrasher Group  :  Total Equipment And Service  :  Total Equipment Company  :  URS Corporation  :  Willbros Group, Inc.  :  Worthington Industries

Speakers

John Applegath

John Applegath – Vice President Southern Marcellus Shale Division – Range Resources-Appalachia LLC

John oversees all of Range’s activities in southwestern Pennsylvania, focusing on the Marcellus, Utica and Upper Devonian shales. He has worked in the oil and gas industry nationally and internationally for 40 years. Prior to joining Range in 2008 as vice president of drilling, Marcellus Shale division, he worked as an independent oilman and consultant after retiring from Anadarko in 2003 as head of its Permian division office in Midland, Texas. He has served as president for the Appalachian chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers since its inception in 2009.

Sarah Barczyk

Sarah Barczyk – Manager of Community Relations & Stakeholder Outreach – Columbia Pipeline Group/NiSource Midstream Services

Sarah Barczyk joined NiSource in April of 2013 with primary responsibility for all community affairs, public relations, charitable giving and marketing communications for the NiSource Midstream Services organization. Since joining NiSource Midstream Services, Sarah has arranged over $100,000 in charitable giving spending to communities in the NiSource Midstream project footprint, and has handed all press coverage surrounding those donations.

Nathan Bennett

NATHAN S. BENNETT – REGULATORY MANAGER – ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORPORATION

Mr. Bennett joined Anadarko in December 2010. He has more than 10 years of experience working in the Appalachian Basin. Prior to joining Anadarko, Nathan was a geologist with PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Since joining Anadarko, Nathan has been actively engaged in all aspects of regulatory affairs, including permitting and compliance, regularly dealing with earth, water and down-hole issues.

Tony Blando

Tony Blando – Vice President – Marketing – NiSource Midstream Services, Columbia Pipeline Group

Tony Blando joined NiSource Midstream in November 2013 in the Pittsburgh area (Canonsburg) to originate projects/new ventures and market the Marcellus/Utica footprint and presence of NiSource in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Prior to NiSource Midstream, Blando spent six years with DCP Midstream in Denver in business development and commercial, serving Wyoming, Michigan, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Blando also has extensive E&P experience in M&A, drilling programs and divestitures with various companies over his career including Exxon, Texaco and OXY. Blando has a BS and MBA from the State University of New York.

Brent BreonBrent Breon – Vice President Business Development – Blue Racer Midstream

Brent currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Caiman Energy II and Blue Racer Midstream. In his current position, he is focused on developing gas gathering, processing, and fractionation opportunities in Ohio and Pennsylvania in the Utica Shale, prior to joining Caiman in 2011, Brent worked for 14 years at Dominion Resources.

Korby BrackenStacey Brodak – Manager Community and Media Relations – Noble Energy

Stacey currently works as a liaison between Noble Energy and the communities where they operate, which is in the southern portion of the Marcellus Shale. Stacey strives to help Noble understand how its work impacts local communities and help communities to understand that Noble operate safely and responsibly.

Art CantrellArt Cantrell – Senior Vice President Business Development – PVR Partners, LP

Art Cantrell, a veteran of over 25 years in the natural gas business, is the Senior Vice-President of Business Development and Commercial Operations, Eastern Division for PVR Partners, LP, where he has been since 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Cantrell was the Vice-President of Business Development for Caiman Energy “1”, from right after their inception in 2009 until the sale to Williams Energy in 2012. From 2007-2009, Mr. Cantrell was the Vice-President of Business Development for Somerset Gas Transmission, LLC a privately held transmission and midstream company based in Columbus, OH. Prior to that, Mr. Cantrell spent nearly a decade with Equitable Resources, now EQT Corp, holding a number of senior executive positions in EQT’s midstream, transmission and utility businesses. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cantrell had a number of natural gas sales and marketing positions with Cinergy Corp. (now Duke Energy) and Consolidated Natural Gas (now part of Dominion Resources). Mr. Cantrell was born and raised in Philadelphia area and now resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife Joann, and is graduate of St. Francis University, in Loretto, PA, where he attained both a BS and MBA.

Dennis DegnerDennis Degner – Director of Completions – Range Resources

Dennis attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 1996 with a BS in Agricultural Engineering. After graduation he went to work Halliburton Energy Services as a field engineer in Kilgore, Texas focusing on fracturing and cementing services. While at Halliburton he was trained in all pumping service product lines including nitrogen and coiled tubing. In February of 2001 he went to work for Sierra Engineering as a completions engineer. While at Sierra he focused on fracture stimulation design, execution, pre-job QA/QC and post job data analysis for sites across Texas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico.

Gary EvansGary C. Evans – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation

Gary C. Evans presently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE “MHR”), a Houston based oil and gas exploration and production company specializing in unconventional resource plays in North America where he has held that position since May 2009.

Rob L. Gough

ROB L. GOUGH P.E. – EHS MANAGER – ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORPORATION

Mr. Gough has over 20 years of EHS experience in industry and consulting and worked as an EHS Manager with an international petrochemical company in Louisiana and Texas prior to moving to Anadarko in 2011. With Anadarko, he has served as EHS Manager in Appalachian Basin for the past two years.

Aubrey HarperAubrey Harper – Vice President Business Development – IPS Engineering / EPC

Aubrey has over 40 years of experience in E&P/midstream operations, project management, and construction for the oil and gas industry. He has held a number of executive and senior management positions responsible for construction and operation of pipelines, compressor stations, meter stations, storage tanks and related facilities.

Stefan Hirniak

Stefan Hirniak – HSE & QA/QC Specialist Consultant – Progressive Global Energy

Stefan is an ex-professional swimmer who holds multiple national records for Canada. Upon retirement in 2012 he joined PGE, where he has become a Principal Consultant within the HSE market, with a specialisation in placing field based HSE advisors/consultants for drilling & production operations.

Michael L. Krancer

MICHAEL L. KRANCER – ENERGY, PETROCHEMICAL & NATURAL RESOURCES PRACTISE GROUP LEADER – BLANK ROME LLP

Michael Krancer is an experienced and well known policy and substantive thought leader in energy development and deployment. He is an experienced and valued advisor to U.S. and global energy companies of all types regarding the full range of legal, public policy, government relations, state and federal regulatory, financial, corporate, and labor matters with his 20+ years of energy industry and public policy experience at the highest corporate and policy-making levels.

Greg LorsonGreg Lorson – Chief Executive Officer – TEEMCO

Mr. Lorson is a fourth generation oilman and former CEO of a national company. He has 30 years experience in oil & gas, real estate, and investment banking.
Mr. Lorson has been a member of corporate & charitable boards, state and federal commissions and has been appointed by the governors from six states to advise on the environment, taxes, energy, and economic development. He is a published business author, FEMA certified Emergency Response Manager, and a licensed water system & waste treatment-facility operator. Mr. Lorson served as a United Nation’s Conference Delegate on International Oil Development.

Eric LuckeyEric Luckey – Completions Engineer – Noble Energy, Inc.

Eric Luckey is Completions Engineer at Noble Energy, Inc. in Canonsburg, PA. Noble Energy came to the Marcellus at the beginning of 2012 which makes this asset the newest for the company. As the sole Completions Engineer for the asset, Eric is responsible for all major projects in the company in the Marcellus. Day to day responsibilities include mentoring/training of new-hire engineers, technicians, consultants and interns. This has resulted in a fully competent staff, which now fields a workload produced by 5 rigs and 3 full-time frac crews.

Scott Perry

SCOTT PERRY – DEPUTY SECRETARY – OFFICE OF OIL AND GAS MANAGEMENT – PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Scott Perry is Deputy Secretary of the Office of Oil and Gas Management at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Mr. Perry directs the Bureaus of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management and District Oil and Gas Operations, and he oversees the development of departmental policy as well as regulatory and technical guidance on oil and gas activities in Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Perry oversees outreach and education for the public and regulatory communities.

David Renz

David Renz – Senior Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator – Noble Energy – Marcellus Business Unit

David is an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Professional with more than 20 years experience working for Fortune 500 companies including Mobil Chemical, Armstrong World Industries, Honeywell International and Noble Energy at present. His diverse experience includes oil & gas, petrochemical, electronics and building products industries in both union and non-union environments. David graduated from Indiana University of PA in 1992 and has earned the CSP certification as well as a MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Brittany ThomasBrittany Thomas – External Affairs – Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Brittany Thomas is the Coordinator of External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and has worked for the company since 2011. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating outreach and education efforts, large-scale event planning and managing the company’s social media presence. She has also been involved in coordinating several educational programs about the natural gas industry including the Cabot Picnic which drew 8,500 individuals from the community.

Dan WeaverDan Weaver – Director of Public Outreach – PIOGA

Dan is responsible for PIOGA’s overall public affairs strategy and implementation on behalf of our 1,000 member companies and individuals. Dan is also responsible for managing our energy education programs, workforce and economic development initiatives, and media relations efforts. The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania (PIOGA) is the principal nonprofit trade association representing Pennsylvania’s independent oil and natural gas producers, marketers, service companies and related businesses.

Jeff Weis

Jeff Weis – Principle – Vice President – Orion Drilling Company

Jeff Weis has served as Vice President of Orion Drilling since its formation in 2003. Previously Mr. Weis was the Vice President of Contracts at Pioneer Drilling Company where he worked for 8 years. Prior to Pioneer, he served as General Manager for Zarsky Drilling Fluids from 1987 to 1995. In addition, he served as a technical advisor for Halliburton’s IMCO Services division from 1978 to 1986.

Chad ZamarinChad Zamarin – Chief Operating Officer – NiSource Midstream Services

Chad Zamarin is Chief Operating Officer of Midstream Services for Columbia Pipeline Group, where he oversees the midstream growth strategy and midstream operations across the NiSource footprint. Zamarin serves on the DOT Pipeline Safety Advisory Committee and the board of directors for the Pipeline Research Council International and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation.

agenda

**Please note that this is a suggested agenda, the topics will be finalized once we have consulted the finalist companies in January. If you have any comments on what should be discussed please contact us.**

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08.00 – 08.50

Registration and coffee

08.50 – 09.00

Oil & Gas Awards Welcome – Marc Bridgen

09.00 – 09.20

Keynote Address – Magnum Hunter and the Unconventional Shale Plays

  • Discussing the changing balance between production and import of crude in the United States
  • Highlighting the importance of growing crude production to reduce the US trade deficit
  • Detailing the impact of shale gas on the US energy & chemical markets
  • Focusing on the Marcellus Shale region current and predicted production in 2014

Speakers:

  • Gary C. Evans – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation
09.20 – 10.00

Panel 1: Marcellus/Utica Midstream Update – 2014 & Beyond

  • Discussing how much infrastructure is actually needed in the Marcellus/Utica region and the current balance between supply and demand?
  • Targeting methods for managing pricing variation, overcoming takeaway chokepoints in areas with depressed prices.
  • Detailing NGL takeaway issues and the cost/benefit analysis for pipeline expansion.
  • Addressing the impact of ethane crackers on the Marcellus/Utica midstream.
  • Assessing midstream investment in the northeast, looking ahead to the major projects for 2014.
  • Offering insight to the challenge of sourcing skilled labor with understanding of the midstream sector, highlighting the impact of the midstream sector on the Northeast labor market.
  • Comparing the differences/unique requirements between wet gas & dry gas gathering infrastructure.

Moderator:

  • Michael L. Krancer – Energy, Petrochemical and Natural Resources Practise Group Leader – Blank Rome LLP

Speakers:

  • Brent Breon – Vice President, Business Development – Blue Racer Midstream
  • Tony Blando – Vice President Marketing – NiSource Midstream Services, Columbia Pipeline Group
  • Aubrey Harper – Vice President, Business Development – IPS Engineering / EPC
  • Art Cantrell – Senior Vice President, Business Development and Commercial Operations – PVR Partners
10.00 – 10.15

Market Update – An Overview Of The Environmental Regulations Affecting Air, Water And Rail

  • Looking forward to challenges and opportunities for the Oil & Gas industry
  • Assessing the impact of environmental regulations
  • Achieving environmental compliance in the face of continued production expansion.

Speaker:

  • Greg Lorson – Chief Executive Officer – TEEMCO
10.15 – 10.55

Panel 2: Drilling & Completions

  • Lowering the cost to drill: How to make money when gas sells for $1.50 Mcf.
  • Analyzing the potential of self-sufficient power: The change from diesel to natural gas-powered drilling rigs.
  • Increasing production with fewer rigs: how shale drilling has changed the rules of the game.
  • Addressing the challenge of sourcing water: Are new pipelines a financially and environmentally viable alternative to transport by truck?
  • Evaluating the role of wastewater: Recycling, injection wells and barging.
  • Assessing the impact of monster wells: a look at some of the most productive wells on earth, located in the Marcellus & Utica Shale region.
  • Comparing wet and dry gas drilling – what are their comparative strengths and weaknesses?
  • Illustrating the current landscape of acreage positions by E&Ps for both the Marcellus & Utica.

Moderator:

  • Jim Willis – Editor – Marcellus Drilling News

Speakers:

  • Eric Luckey – Completions Engineer – Noble Energy
  • Dennis Degner – Director of Completions – Range Resources
  • Jeff Weis – Principle – Vice President – Orion Drilling Company
  • Bryan Dickson – Northeast Division Engineering – FTS International
10.55 – 11.35

Coffee and Networking

11.35 – 11.55

Keynote Address – The Midstream Factor – The Critical Link to Success in Emerging Shale Plays

  • Developing sufficient midstream infrastructure to support the natural gas industry in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.
  • Showcasing how midstream operations are paving the way for success that will benefit natural gas producers, consumers and the Appalachian Basin as a whole.

Speakers:

  • Chad Zamarin – Chief Operating Officer – NiSource Midstream Services
11.55 – 12.35

Panel 3: Health & Safety Issues You Can’t Ignore

  • Showcasing job site safety: best practices, the role of training.
  • Educating as to the safe handling of frac sand.
  • Achieving frac fluid chemical transparency using FracFocus.
  • Implementing effective safety plans for drilling sites.
  • Coordinating/establishing a relationship with local first responders.
  • Assessing the impact of OSHA regulations.
  • Detailing the impact of the DOT trucking rule “clarification” – how can your company ensure compliance?
  • Ensuring security in the face of protests, trespassing and other crimes.

Moderator:

  • Jim Willis – Editor – Marcellus Drilling News

Speakers:

  • Stefan Hirniak – HSE Recruitment Consultant – Progressive GE
  • Rob L. Gough – EHS Manager – Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • David Renz – Senior Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator – Noble Energy Marcellus Business Unit
12.35 – 13.50

Lunch and Networking

13.50 – 14.30

Panel 4: Environmental Protection, Regulation & Compliance

  • Specifying the bodies responsible for drilling & pipeline regulation in the Marcellus and Utica.
  • Evaluating efforts to overcome negative views of shale development by groups such as the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD).
  • Preparing for the new EPA air pollution rules for drillers in 2015 – what do companies need to do to achieve compliance.
  • Tips for better soil erosion control with well pad and pipeline construction.
  • Assessing the industry impact on local wildlife: how can companies avoid permanently harming species and their habitats?
  • Presenting results from the PA DEP air pollution study.
  • Evaluating the impact of radiation in shale cuttings and best practice for their management and disposal.
  • Does radon level in Marcellus Shale pose a health risk for consumers who burn gas?
  • Debating the role the federal government should play in regulating shale drilling

Moderator:

  • Michael L. Krancer – Energy, Petrochemical and Natural Resources Practise Group Leader – Blank Rome LLP

Speakers:

  • Nathan S. Bennett – Regulatory Manager – Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Greg Lorson – Chief Executive Officer – TEEMCO
  • Scott Perry – Deputy Secretary, Office of Oil and Gas Management – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
14.30 – 14.50

Keynote Address – John Applegath – Vice President, Southern Marcellus Shale Division, Range Resources Corporation

14.50 – 15.25

Panel 5: Community Engagement: Are We Losing the Public’s Confidence?

  • Winning the public perception battle: What is the current perception and how can positive change be achieved?
  • Connecting with local communities – employing local workers, donating to local charities, finance community projects.
  • Employing effective transparency to manage adverse events.
  • Judging the importance of social media in connecting with the community and stakeholders.
  • Forced pooling/unitization – how to make the case.
  • First impressions count: are your landmen helping or hurting your company’s reputation?
  • Connecting with your leased landowners – keeping the lines of communication open and operating.
  • Maintaining good relations with surface rights owners who don’t own mineral rights.
  • Dealing with anti-drilling groups and protesters in a professional and positive way.

Moderator:

  • Alex Grant – Conference Director – Oil & Gas Awards

Speakers:

  • Brittany Thomas – Coordinator External Affairs – Cabot Oil & Gas
  • Dan Weaver – Public Relations – PIOGA
  • Sarah Barczyk – Manager of Community Relations and Stakeholder Outreach – Columbia Pipeline Group/NiSource Midstream Services
  • Stacey Brodak – Manager Community and Media Relations – Noble Energy
15.25 – 15.30

Closing Remarks – Daniel Creasey – Chairman – Oil & Gas Awards

15.30 – 16.00

Drinks reception and close of conference

**Oil & Gas Awards reserves the right to amend the program and is not responsible for cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. Oil & Gas Awards accepts no responsibility for statements made orally or in written material distributed by any of its speakers at its conferences. In addition, Oil & Gas Awards is not responsible for any copying, republication or redistribution of such statement.**

Video Content

Keynote Address: Gary C. Evans

Panel 1 – Marcellus/Utica Midstream Update – 2014 and Beyond

Market Update – An Overview Of The Environmental Regulations Affecting Air, Water and Rail

Panel 2 – Drilling and Completions

Keynote Address – The Midstream Factor—The Critical Link to Success in Emerging Shale Plays

Panel 3 – Health and Safety Issues You Can’t Ignore

Panel 4 – Environmental Protection, Regulation and Compliance

Keynote Address – Assessing the Marcellus Shale: What have we learnt in the 10 years since its discovery?

Panel 5 – Community Engagement: Are we losing the Public’s confidence?

Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

TEEMCO


Platinum Sponsors

Anadarko Petroleum CorporationBlank RomePreferred TechnologyProgressive GE


Gold Sponsor

IPS Engineering / EPCTETRA® Technologies, Inc.Total Equipment Company


Silver Sponsor

Cara C DavisCanary, LLCResource Environmental SolutionsVZ EnvironmentalWorthington Industries


Conference Media Provider

Eagle Ford Shale.com

Venue

Westin Convention Center - Pittsburgh

The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh

1000 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh,
PA,
15222

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