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
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 – 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 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 – 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 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.
Stacey 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 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 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 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 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 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 – 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 – 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 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 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 – 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 – 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 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 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 – 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 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.
**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.**
|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
|09.20 – 10.00||
Panel 1: Marcellus/Utica Midstream Update – 2014 & Beyond
|10.00 – 10.15||
Market Update – An Overview Of The Environmental Regulations Affecting Air, Water And Rail
|10.15 – 10.55||
Panel 2: Drilling & Completions
|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
|11.55 – 12.35||
Panel 3: Health & Safety Issues You Can’t Ignore
|12.35 – 13.50||
Lunch and Networking
|13.50 – 14.30||
Panel 4: Environmental Protection, Regulation & Compliance
|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?
|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.**
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?
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