Rocky Mountains Conference for Excellence 2013

Candyce Fly Lee

Candyce Fly Lee

Charlie Dixon

Charlie Dixon

Dan Byers

Dan Byers

Danny Spitzer

Danny Spitzer

David Wells

David Wells

Frank Harrison

Frank Harrison

Gregg Stewart

Gregg Stewart

Helen Humphreys

H. Humphreys

Jared Ohring

Jared Ohring

Jeff Stevens

Jeff Stevens

Jim Willis

Jim Willis

Kevin Sunday

Kevin Sunday

Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker

Marc Bridgen

Marc Bridgen

Mark Hansen

Mark Hansen

Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson

Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley

Matt Morrison

Matth Morrison

Melissa Hamsher

Melissa Hamsher

Mike Krancer

Mike Krancer

Pamela Faggert

Pamela Faggert

Rhonda Reeda

Rhonda Reeda

The Northeast Industry Summit builds on the significant success of the Oil and Gas Awards, a unique series that has become a must-attend industry event. The Northeast Industry Summit takes place during the day immediately preceding the second annual gala awards dinner.

The Industry Summit will provide an extended platform to deliver invaluable strategic and operational content of real commercial value, as well as an extended networking opportunity.

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 health & safety, environmental protection, regulation and community engagement.


Industry Summit Delegate Pass Pricing:

FREE      Any company that submitted an entry into the Oil & Gas Awards are provided complimentary delegate passes
$99      –    Early Bird Tickets (Offer Expires 02/27/2015)

$199    –    Standard Tickets

Participating Companies

ABARTA Energy  :  ARCADIS U.S., Inc.  :  Areion Energy LLC  :  Astro Thermal Tec  :  B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc  :  Baker Hughes  :  Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP  :  Beemac Trucking  :  Bilfinger Westcon  :  Blank Rome  :  BOND Brothers  :  C&D Production Specialist  :  Capozzi Adler, P.C.  :  CASCO USA  :  Catholic Charitites of Pittsburgh  :  Cenergy  :  Chubb Insurance  :  Cianbro  :  Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.  :  Columbia Midstream Group  :  Comtech Industries, Inc.  :  Dominion  :  Dresser-Rand  :  E.S. Wagner  :  East Resources  :  Eclipse Resources Corporation  :  Elexco Land Services, Inc.  :  Emerson Process Management  :  ENTECH ENGINEERING INC  :  Environmental Tank & Container  :  EOG Resources  :  Evets Oil & Gas Construction Services  :  EZ Lifline  :  Federal Aviation Administration  :  Fortis Energy Services  :  Frac Water Resources  :  FTS International  :  Glenn O Hawbaker  :  Hodgson Russ  : IOGA of New York  :  IPC Energy Services, LLC  :  JC Fodale  :  :  Kenworth Trucks Company  :  Kerr Pumps and Flowvalve  :  Keystone Clearwater Solutions  :  Lauttamus Communications & Security  :  Lawrence D. Brudy & Associates, Inc.  :  Leff  :  MAC Safety  :  Marcellus Drilling News  :  McCutcheon Enterprises  :  McTish, Kunkel & Associates  :  Mustang Oilfield Services, LLC  :  National Fuel Gas Midstream Corporation  :  New Pig  :  NiSource  :  Noise Solutions (USA) Inc  :  Observer Reporter  :  Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program  :  ONG Market Place  :  PA Bus Central  :  PA Chamber of Commerce  :  Packers Plus Energy Services Inc.  :  PennEnergy Resources, LLC  :  Pennsylvania Business Central  :  Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP  :  PIOGA  :  Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce  :  Pittsburgh Tribune Review  :  R.T.I Oilfield Services  :  Range Resources  :  Schlumberger DT&R  :  Shale Markets, LLC  :  Shale Media Group  :  Shalewater Solutions  :  Star Parts  :  Steptoe & Johnson PLLC  :  Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC  :  STV Inc.  :  Superior Glove Works  :  TEKSOLV  :  The Beaver County Times  :  The Elexco Group  :  The Great Lakes Construction Co.  :  Themark Corporation  :   Top Hand Training  :  Total Equipment Company  :  True North Steel  :  Tyson Land Services, LLC  :  U.S. Chamber of Commerce  :  US Well Services  :  VZ Environmental  :  Welltec  :  Williams  :  Worthington Industries  :  WPX Energy  :  YPE Pittsburgh


Candyce Flye Lee

Candyce Fly Lee – Director of Pipeline Projects – Williams

Candyce Fly Lee, P.E., PMP is the Director of Pipeline Projects for the Williams Companies, Inc., Engineering and Construction group in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Regions. Her team is responsible for building the natural gas and liquids pipeline infrastructure in PA, WV, OH, and NY. In the four years Candyce has been leading the team, it has constructed almost 2000 miles of gathering pipeline. Prior to this, Candyce was responsible for building major pipeline infrastructure in the Northwest and Southeast of the United States. Candyce graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Candyce has lived in Pittsburgh with her family since 2011.

Charlie Dixon

Charlie Dixon – Safety and Workforce Director – The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP)

Charles “Charlie” W. Dixon currently serves as Safety and Workforce Training Administrator for the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). Mr. Dixon began working with OOGEEP in 1999, and helped create the first specialized oilfield emergency response training program in the United States. Mr. Dixon has been the lead fire instructor for these training programs since its inception, and joined the OOGEEP staff full time in January 2012.

Dan Byers

Dan Byers – Senior Director – Institute for 21st Century Energy – U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Dan Byers is senior director for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Energy Institute). Byers leads the Institute’s efforts to promote and maintain coal’s vital role in America’s energy system. Byers brings to the Energy Institute expertise on the intersection of energy-related science, technology, and public policy. He directs the Chamber in assessing the impact of existing and emerging federal laws and regulations on the U.S. energy industry—specifically on coal-fired energy—and is responsible for building and supporting partnerships that highlight the important role of coal in our nation’s energy mix. Byers leads the Partnership for a Better Energy Future, a coalition of businesses, associations, and stakeholder groups launched by the Energy Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers. The Partnership supports responsible energy regulation and fosters constructive conversations about the potential impact of the administration’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations.

Danny Spitzer

Danny Spitzer – Partner – Hodgson Russ, LLP

Dan concentrates his practice on issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, sustainable development, land use law, municipal law, and real estate development. His practice involves numerous renewable energy projects, including representing municipalities, developers, land owners, and financing entities. His work, from project inception through successful litigation, includes some of the largest wind farms in the eastern United States, and he has also worked on landfill, gas-to-energy, biomass, solar, and energy efficiency projects.

David Wells

David Wells – Publisher – Pennsylvania Business Central

The Pennsylvania Business Central is widely known as the #1 B2B resource in Central PA. Celebrating 21 years of serving the marketplace, The Pennsylvania Business Central reaches more than 35,000 readers with each issue. Our publication provides an audience of business owners, C-Level executives and Chamber of Commerce members, as well as many shale-gas related companies in 20 counties through-out Pennsylvania! This publication now direct mails 5000 copies each month to an active audience …and an additional 6,000 copies are distributed copies at locations through out Central PA.

Frank Harrison

Frank Harrison – President – Areion Energy

Areion Energy® offers one stop strategic market access and midstream solutions to frontier shale area natural gas and NGL producers for all Natural Gas and NGL production including commercial, appraisal and stranded production. Areion principles have significant experience to successfully provide localized processing, gathering, transportation, compression, treating, metering and marketing services. This includes evaluating multiple options to optimize monetization of stranded production. Areion seeks to develop, design and operate large-scale midstream systems to maximize production delivery, but can also serve an untapped niche market in delivery of stranded production through expertise in small scale and localized BTU reduction.

Gregg Stewart

Gregg Stewart – Permitting Manager – PennEnergy Resources, LLC

PennEnergy Resources, LLC is committed to being a best-in-class shale development company that creates sustainable value for our landowner partners, communities, investors and employees through the safe and environmentally responsible development of unconventional resources. Founded by energy executives Rich Weber and Greg Muse, PennEnergy Resources is guided by principle and proven industry experience.

Helen Humphreys

Helen Humphreys – Strategic Outreach Business Partner – Williams

Helen Humphreys has handled community relations for Williams in the Marcellus Shale Play since 2010. In that role Helen has worked with individual residents, business leaders, community groups, regulatory agency officials and elected officials to demonstrate the benefits brought by the natural gas industry and to address concerns these stakeholders may have. Helen serves on the WV Energy Speaks Education Committee; and 2014 Co-Chair of the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Public Relations committee. Helen began her communications career at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protections as the southwest region’s community relations coordinator where, for seven years, she was directly responsible for developing and implementing media and community outreach strategy in the 10 county region. She was promoted successively within PA DEP and last served as communications director, where she oversaw statewide media and community relations for the department.

Jared Ohring

Jared Oehring – Director of Technology – U.S. Well Services

Jared Oehring is Director of Technology with U.S. Well Services, Houston, TX. He received the B.S. in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, and the M.S. in engineering (mechanical design) from Kettering University, Flint, MI. Prior to joining U.S. Well Services, Jared worked for Stewart & Stevenson as Engineering Manager and before that he served as Vice President of Financial Operations at ASME.

Jeff StevensJeff Stevens – Specialty Markets Director – Kenworth Trucks

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth was founded in 1923 and is based in Kirkland, Wash. Kenworth Class 8 truck models used by fleets in oil and gas drilling fields in the United States and Canada include the Kenworth T880, C500, T800 and W900. The Kenworth T880 is the flagship of Kenworth’s outstanding vocational trucks. The T880 is especially suited for vocational customers who demand a durable and reliable truck. The Kenworth T880 features a panoramic windshield for enhanced visibility, quiet cab with triple-sealed and robust doors, 5-piece Metton® hood for easier repairs, air-assisted hydraulic clutch, complex reflector headlamps, excellent maneuverability, and new lightweight, factory-installed lift axles. The T880’s 2.1-meter wide, stamped aluminum cab has a comfortable 23 inches of room between the seats.

Jim WillisJim Willis – Editor – Marcellus Drilling News

Jim hails from the Marcellus/Utica region and consults for Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI), a leading B2B news, data and analytics company serving the natural gas industry since 1981. NGI publishes Daily Gas Price Index, Shale Daily, Bidweek Survey and several other natgas-related publications. Jim founded and still edits the daily Marcellus Drilling News blog site, which aggregates and analyzes the players and issues in northeast shale drilling. Jim’s previous roles include director and vice president of marketing at several specialty publishing companies in both the financial and engineering sectors.

Kevin SundayKevin Sunday – Manager of Governmental Affairs – Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Sunday joined the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s Government Affairs team in 2014 as manager of Government Affairs. Sunday serves as a lobbyist for energy and environmental issues, including legislation and policy matters relating to air, waste, water, land use, natural resources, power generation and transmission. Prior to joining the PA Chamber, Sunday held a senior role at a Harrisburg-based public relations and issue advocacy firm. Before that, he served as deputy press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Lauren ParkerLauren Parker – Principal – Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC)

Ms. Parker is a professional engineer and Principal with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC). She has more than eleven years of civil engineering design experience for commercial, institutional, E&P, and linear projects throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. Since 2008, Ms. Parker primarily has worked on oil & gas projects, specifically the upstream and midstream segments, covering all design and permitting for well pads, well connects, gathering lines, impoundments, temporary water lines, and erosion and sediment control inspections within the Appalachian basin.

Marc BridgenMarc Bridgen – Chief Marketing Officer – Oil & Gas Awards

Marc is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Oil & Gas Awards and will be the compere during the Industry Summit and at the Awards Gala dinner in the evening. The Oil & Gas Awards were launched in 2012 and are an initiative that recognises the outstanding achievements being made in the 7 main regions of the US and Canada, focusing on Health and Safety, Environmental Stewardship and good Corporate Citizenship.

Mark HansenMark Hansen – Vice President of HSE – FTS International

Responsible for developing, implementing and managing the HSE department for company-wide fracturing and wireline operations. Work closely with risk management, regulatory affairs, legal, human resources and corporate communications. Also involved in representing the company to external trade associations and professional groups. Prior to working for FTSI, Mark served as Director of HSE for Desert NDT. Previous to this he worked for NGP Energy Capital Management as Director of Portfolio Environmental and Risk Management.

Mark C. PetersonMark C. Peterson – President & CEO – Bilfinger Westcon

Mark C. Peterson, company CEO/President, started Westcon in Bismarck, N.D. in 1981 as a regional open-shop industrial contractor. In 1985, the company completed projects in multiple oil and gas, and refining facilities. By 1987, Westcon started work in coal-fired power plants and built a reputation for managing turnarounds and capital projects for the power industry. During the late 1980s and into the 1990s Westcon became a strong construction player and opened regional offices in Utah, Iowa, and Ohio. Westcon gained recognition as a general contractor supporting many industrial markets including oil and gas, refining, agricultural/food processing, bulk pharmaceuticals, power, and various manufacturing processes.

Mark StanleyMark Stanley – President – Themark Corporation

Mark E. Stanley has worked in the oil industry as a hydrolic fracturing expert for 37 years. He started with Arco right out of college where he studied Chemical Engineering. He went back to college to get his MBA in 1987 and went to work as a partner with Clear Water in 1989. Working at the partner level gave him a more hands-on relationship with the industry and he learned to use his knowledge and background to fine-tune products to meet the specific needs of customers. During this phase of his work he developed patents for several products that are still used in the industry today. To the extent possible he wanted to focus on products that would not harm the environment and that would reduce customer’s need to meet EPA standards in handling them. He believed that ultimately the ability to reduce costs by reducing hazardous waste constrictions would serve the interest of both sides of any argument.

Matthew MorrisonMatthew Morrison – Partner – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Matt Morrison is a partner in the law firm’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Morrison provides compliance counseling and enforcement defense representation under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Mr. Morrison has almost 25 years of experience working on federal environmental enforcement matters. Prior to joining Pillsbury, Mr. Morrison served as the Acting Director and Associate Director of EPA’s Clean Air Act Enforcement Division, and Deputy Director of EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training. Prior to that, Morrison served for over thirteen years as a trial and then supervising attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Morrison also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University School of Law instructing students on the provisions and policies of the Clean Air Act and its implementing regulations.

Melissa L. HamsherMelissa L. Hamsher – Vice President of Health, Safety, Environmental and Regulatory – Eclipse Resources

Melissa L. Hamsher has served as our Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment & Regulatory since September 2011. Prior to joining Eclipse Resources, from August 2008 to August 2011, Mrs. Hamsher served as the Vice President of Health, Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Compliance for Rex Energy where she was responsible for the establishment and management of Rex Energy’s health, safety, environmental and regulatory programs, including the establishment of its Marcellus Shale drilling & completion best practices and water management.

Michael L. Krancer


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.

Pamela F Faggert

Pamela F. Faggert – Chief Environmental Officer – Dominion

Pamela F. Faggert is the Chief Environmental Officer of Dominion, whose role is to see that Dominion lives up to its commitment to integrate responsible environmental stewardship with the attainment of the company’s business goals. Pamela manages a staff of dedicated engineers, scientists and environmental specialists who work closely with various operating businesses to help them ensure that they are in full compliance with all environmental laws and regulations, providing daily the technical expertise needed to carry out Dominion’s environmental programs.

Rhonda Reda

Rhonda Reda – Executive Director – OOGEEP

Rhonda L. Reda serves as Executive Director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation (Foundation). Ms. Reda helped form the organization in 1997. Prior to OOGEEP, Ms. Reda served as Vice President, Internal Affairs and Public Information for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association for more than a decade. Ms. Reda has also worked for several oil and gas companies including CGAS Exploration, Inc., Phillip Brown Oil Well Services, Inc., and Halwell/ Energy Omega, Inc. Collectively, she has more than twenty five years of experience in the crude oil and natural gas industry.


**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 – Sponsored By – Total Equipment

08.50 – 09.00

Oil & Gas Awards Welcome – Marc Bridgen, Chief Marketing Officer, Oil & Gas Awards

09.00 – 09.20

Keynote Address – US Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy

09.20 – 10.20

Panel Discussion: The Unconstitutional Regulation of the Oil & Gas Industry – Lawmaking through Litigation

  • Federal overreach
  • Change of definition for waters
  • Clean air act
  • EPA, US Fish & Wildlife capitulation to lawsuits by environmental organizations
  • Intersection between federal and state regulators


  • Kevin Sunday, Manager of Governmental Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce


  • Mike Krancer, Partner, Blank Rome
  • Danny Spitzer – Partner – Hodgson Russ
  • Matthew Morrison – Partner – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
10.20 – 10.45

Coffee and Networking

10.45 – 11.30

Panel Discussion: Minimizing environmental impact through innovative water management, well site construction and logistics

  • Recycling flowback and produced water trends
  • Using pipelines/ innovative ways to deliver water
  • New EPA air standards, strategies for compliance, how do we minimze VOC’s and NOx’s
  • Minimizing erosion when constructing a well pad or laying pipeline
  • Reducing the number of truck trips to/from well pad


  • Jim Willis – Editor – Marcellus Drilling News


  • Melissa Hamsher – VP of HSE and Regulatory – Eclipse Resources
  • Lauren Parker, Principal, Civil Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC)
  • Greg Stewart, Permitting Manager, PennEnergy Resoruces, LLC
11.30 – 11.45

HSE Spotlight Presentation: Clean Fleet®: Environmental Benefits of Electric Powered Well Stimulation

Speaker: Jared Ohring – Director of Technology – US Well Services

11.45 – 12.00

HSE Spotlight Presentation: Changing the Industry One Innovation at a Time

Speaker: Mark Stanley – CEO – Themark Corporation

12.00 – 1.00

Lunch and Networking

1.00 – 1.20

Keynote Address: Why should everyone care about infrastructure delays?

Candyce Fly Lee, Engineering & Construction Director of Projects, Williams

1.20 – 2.00

Panel Discussion: Health & Safety

  • Movement to require safety certification for all workers – do you require it?
  • The latest standards from OSHA
  • Training local first responders – whose role is it?
  • Best practice for reducing accidents
  • Learning from incidents
  • The role of risk management in H&S


  • Jim Willis, Editor, Marcellus Drilling News


  • Mark Peterson, President and CEO, Bilfinger Westcon
  • Charlie Dixon, Safety and Workforce Director, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP)
  • Frank Harrison – President – Areion Energy
2.00 – 2.15

HSE Spotlight Presentation: Cultivating a Safety Culture

Speaker: Mark Hansen, VP of Health Safety & Environmental, FTS International

2.15 – 2.30

HSE Spotlight Presentation: Innovation in the Trucking industry to reduce emissions and increase safety,

Speaker: Jeff Stevens, Specialty Markets Director, Kenworth Trucks

2.30 – 2.50

Coffee and Networking

2.50 – 3.30

Panel Discussion: Planning and understanding the success of a CSR inititative

  • How best to evaluate what initiative to undertake
  • The cost of delivery, man hours and financial contributions
  • Visibility
  • Measuring the effectiveness of an initiative

Moderator: David Wells, Publisher, Pennsylvania and Marcellus Business Central


  • Rhonda Reda, Executive Director, Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program
  • Helen Humphries, Senior Communications Specialist, Williams Company
  • Pamela Faggert, Chief Environmental Officer and VP of ComplianceDominion Transmission
3.30 – 3.40

Closing Remarks: Marc Bridgen, Chief Marketing Officer, Oil & Gas Awards

3.40 – 4.30

Drinks Reception and Close of Industry Summit

**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 Presentation: America’s Energy Future: Challenges & Opportunities

The Unconstitutional Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry – Lawmaking Through Litigation

Minimizing Environmental Impact Through Innovative Water Management, Well Site Construction and Logistics

HSE Spotlight: Clean Fleet: Environmental Benefits of Electic Powered Well Stimulation

HSE Spotlight: Changing The Industry One Innovation at a Time

Keynote Address: Why should everyone care about infrastucture delays

Health and Safety

HSE Spotlight: Cultivating a Safety Culture

HSE Spotlight: Innovation in the Trucking Industry to Reduce Emissions and Increase Safety

Keynote Address: Planning and understanding the success of a csr initiative


Platinum Sponsors

JC FodaleKenworth TrucksKerr Pumps & FlowValveThemark Corporation

Gold Sponsors

Bilfinger WestconFTS InternationalJETS.COMMarcellus Drilling NewsColumbia Midstream GroupTotal Equipment CompanyU.S. Well ServicesVZ Environmental

Silver Sponsors

Eclipse ResourcesHodgson Russ Attorneys

Bronze Sponsors

DLA Real EstateDresser-RandDrill Baby Drill StaffingShalewater Solutions


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