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10:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
Sponsored by International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.



7:00 am – 6:30 pm Registration Open
Sponsored by International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66
7:30 am – 8:30 am Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
7:30 am – 6:30 pm Natural Gas Use Marketplace
Sponsored by Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC and Geisinger Health
8:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome to SHALE INSIGHT™ 2017

C-Suite Perspective: Positioning the Marcellus and Utica as a World Class Shale Play
Sponsored by Chevron

Rebuilding America though Affordable and Abundant Energy: Manufacturing and Consumer Products
Sponsored by Chesapeake Energy

10:00 am – 10:45 am Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:15 am – 12:15 pm Air is the New Water
Sponsored by Woodard & Curran

Air compliance regulations are intersecting with increased public interest and inquiry regarding air quality where the oil and gas industry operates, while air permitting, compliance and management are factors in the industry’s overall operational excellence, social license to operate and protection of shareholder value. This workshop will focus on air regulations that are driving compliance monitoring, inquiry response and risk management. It will also explore how the industry can further prepare and respond to new compliance requirements, as well as establish presumptive background conditions, manage stakeholder inquiries, and evaluate collected data.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm Breakout Sessions

Managing Attorney General Investigations: Increased State Environmental Enforcement and How You Can Survive
Sponsored by Post & Schell, P.C.

Given the current administration’s apparent de-emphasis on enforcement, and states adopting their own positions relating to climate change issues, it is expected that the attorneys general (AG) of some states, their environmental units, and their counterparts at state departments of environmental protection will seek to fill the vacuum by increasing regulatory and enforcement efforts. While the level of enforcement scrutiny will vary by state and by AG party affiliation, state AGs can ignore these areas only at their peril. Using a lively audience-interactive PowerPoint presentation, a panel of criminal and civil environmental enforcement experts will discuss the current state of environmental enforcement in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia; take attendees through a state environmental investigation, and discuss ways to navigate such an investigation to minimize financial, business, and reputation risks.

Ronald Levine, Esq., Principal
Post & Schell, P.C.
Terry Bossert, Esq., Principal
Post & Schell, P.C.
Valoria C. Hoover, Esq., Chief
Environmental Enforcement Section Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

Managing Protests Effectively: Working with Law Enforcement to Safely Manage Demonstrations
Sponsored by Eclipse Resources Corporation

The natural gas industry, specifically pipelines, have been the target of several protests and organized demonstrations. Experts from law enforcement will share their experiences for being both proactive and reactive when these situations occur.

Melissa Hamsher, Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety, and Regulatory
Eclipse Resources Corporation
Ronald D. Arthur, Captain
West Virginia State Patrol Special Operations, West Virginia State Police
Mike Hutson, Retired Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police
Mark Warden, Chief Deputy
Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Pipeline Development Disputes: Where is the Litigation Taking Us?
Sponsored by K&L Gates LLP

In response to the U.S. shale boom, natural gas pipeline companies have begun to construct a number of new interstate pipeline projects in the Northeast to help bring natural gas to market. As these projects progress through the application process, including obtaining authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and securing key permits under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, litigation is emerging around a variety of issues. This panel will explore several of these key appeals and their potential impacts on project development in the future, including perspectives from legal experts, the industry, and those in the investment space.

Sandra Safro, Esq., Partner
K&L Gates
Katie Bays, Senior Energy Analyst
Height Securities
Allen Fore, Vice President, Public Affairs
Kinder Morgan, Inc.
Anthony Holtzman, Esq., Partner
K&L Gates

Regulatory Update: Tracking the Ever-Changing Regulatory Environment in the Appalachian Basin
Sponsored by Babst Calland

Over the last several years, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have made significant updates to regulations that govern Marcellus and Utica shale development, including air permitting and local land use regulations. Experts will discuss the latest regulatory updates in each state and share how they are navigating the changing regulatory environment.

Kevin J. Garber, Esq., Shareholder
Babst Calland
Blaine Lucas, Esq., Shareholder
Babst Calland
Kurt Klapkowski, Esq., Director for Bureau of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Doug Mehan Director HES
PennEnergy Resources, LLC
Eric Vendel, Esq., Senior Legal Counsel
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm Luncheon
Sponsored by Halliburton
Getting Gas to Market: Economics and Infrastructure
Sponsored by XTO Energy

Sara Ortwein, president of XTO Energy (a subsidiary of the world’s largest oil and gas company, ExxonMobil), shares a global and national perspective on the importance of getting U.S. gas to market and the necessary infrastructure required to get the job done. She will address the current state of the industry, the economics experienced in the Appalachian Basin, infrastructure and pipeline deficiencies, the necessary capacity additions to unlock vast reserves and curb deep discounts, and the need for interstate pipeline take-away capacity to reach existing and new markets here and abroad.

Just the Facts: Public Health and the Shale Industry
Sponsored by MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P./MPLX LP

Natural gas development is often cast in overblown media accounts as a potential threat to public health, but several major studies in recent years have shown that responsible development and the deployment of best-available control technologies have actually improved air quality. This new technology is helping operators detect and mitigate emission sources before they become a concern. This panel discussion will focus on the research process and technology development, shining light on data and equipment that illustrates how the industry is working to protect public health and the environment.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
2:15 pm – 5:00 pm Technology Showcase
Sponsored by Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center

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Paul Ziemkiewicz, Ph.D, Director, Water Research Institute
West Virginia University
William J. Hall, CPG, Director
Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center
Ben Franklin Technology PArtners
Presenting Companies
CEGEN Green Energy LLC
PetroMar Technologies, Inc.
Quiet Professional Solutions, LLC
Simtable, LLC
Tensar International Corporation
Tri-Force Consulting Services, Inc.
TZero Research & Development
West Virginia University

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Breakout Sessions

Health and Safety Spotlight: OSHA Walking-Working Surface Rules, Trends in Flame and Gas Detection
Sponsored by MSA Safety

Help Me, Help You: The Business Case for Developing a Diverse Team Inside and Outside of Your Organization.
Sponsored by BakerHostetler

As the energy industry has grown and evolved, women have secured important leadership positions with both operators and supply chain companies. This session will highlight these successes and provide insight on how women can grow to be leaders in the energy industry.

Increasing Energy Access in the Developing World: How Can Natural Gas Help Alleviate Energy Poverty?

Expert Lecturer
Bradley Ritts, Managing Director, Natural Gas Initiative
Stanford University

Wage and Hour Litigation Wave: How to Avoid Common Mistakes in Paying Employees and Independent Contractors
Sponsored by Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Wage and hour litigation has skyrocketed over the past five years. Have you been caught up in this litigation? Have you wondered what you need to do right now to avoid future liability? Surprisingly, many companies are not even aware of the risks they face and how to proactively address this critical area of business. This interactive session will focus on the Department of Labor’s 2017 enforcement initiatives, and give participants an opportunity to listen to perspectives from the plaintiffs’ bar as they tell us what types of cases they are pursuing. Defense experts will also share tips and advice for remaining compliant in 2017 and beyond.

Gina M. Ameci, Esq., Shareholder
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Christian Antkowiak, Esq., Labor Litigator
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Andrew W. Dunlap, Esq., Partner
Josephson Dunlap

Water and Waste Management: The State of Water and Waste Treatment and Disposal in the Appalachia Basin
Sponsored by Fluid Recovery Services LLC

Approaches to water management are varied; some companies invest in underground injection capacity or rely on third parties for UIC disposal, while others build large treatment operators or rely on a diversified set of service firms. Depending on location and configuration of acreage, a number of companies have invested in water pipeline networks and storage in tanks and ponds. All operators must manage the transportation costs that make up the majority of water and waste treatment expenses, and this roundtable will focus on the strategies that a cross-section of companies have used to managed water and waste, and how those strategies have evolved over time. Experts will also discuss regulatory challenges in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and how they may be met.

Kathryn Klaber, Managing Partner
The Klaber Group
Devesh Mittal, CEO

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall



7:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration Open
Sponsored by International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66
7:30 am – 8:30 am Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
7:30 am – 1:45 pm Natural Gas Use Marketplace
Sponsored by Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC and Geisinger Health
8:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome Back to SHALE INSIGHT™ 2017

The New EPA: Fostering Responsible Environmental Protection and Freedom for American Business
Sponsored by Southwestern Energy

The Shell Petrochemical Facility Build out Plans and Challenges

10:15 am – 11:30 am Breakout Sessions

From Buzz to Banks: Better Insight for Better Endangered Species Planning
Sponsored by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

The ever-growing list of threatened and endangered species, including the Northern Long-eared Bat and the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, creates a continual challenge for industry projects. A panel of experts will shed light on everything from the latest buzz in Washington concerning future listings to navigating the permitting process to options for mitigation banking allowing for preemptive, more adaptable planning.

Daniel A. Maltese, Vice President and Corporate Ecological Services Practice Lead
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Robert McHale, PG, Manager of Environmental Regulatory Affairs
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.
W. Parker Moore, Esq., Principal
Beveridge & Diamond P.C
Pamela Shellenberger, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Randy Wilgis, Executive Vice President, Strategic Solutions
Resource Environmental Solutions (RES)

Innovation and the Oil & Gas Industry: They DO go together!
Sponsored by Deloitte

In an industry where the shelf life of innovative ideas may be short-lived, how can companies in the Marcellus Shale ecosystem set in motion competitive innovation strategies? This session will focus on setting forward-thinking innovation strategies to help companies manage a balanced portfolio while developing an innovation framework that includes an overall approach, organization resources and competencies, and metrics and incentives to achieve business outcomes that can then be complemented by embracing “digital” to drive business performance.

Expert Lecturer
Tom Schoenwaelder, Principal

Leveraging the Appalachian Region’s Abundant Natural Gas Resources as a Catalyst for Economic Growth
Sponsored by Geisinger Health

There are many diverse and abundant opportunities in the tristate region. Join a facilitated discussion with leading experts who will explore the economic results achieved to date; highlight the generational potential before us, and examine what the region must do to position itself to win the competition for capital investment, jobs and innovation.

Sarah Magruder Lyle, Esq., President and CEO
Common Ground Alliance
Denise Brinley, Senior Energy Advisor
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Doug Grubb, Facilities Operations Senior Director
Geisinger Health Foundation
Steve Hedrick, President and CEO
Matric Research and Innovation
Don Kiel, Executive Director
SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative, Inc.

Recent Appalachian Court Rulings: Emerging Issues in Eminent Domain, Dormant Mineral Rights and Royalty Issues
Sponsored by Jackson Kelly PLLC

As development expands in the Utica and Marcellus shale regions, court decisions are evolving as well. This panel session will discuss the key legal issues surrounding the industry in the tristate area.

Michael P. Leahey, Esq., Member
Jackson Kelly PLLC
Clay K. Keller, Esq., Member
Jackson Kelly PLLC
Elizabeth B. Elmore, Esq., Member
Jackson Kelly PLLC
Brian Jett, Esq., Associate Attorney
Jackson Kelly PLLC

Staying Ahead of the Game: The Importance of Utilizing Grassroots in Local Communities
Sponsored by Five Corners Strategies

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
12:30 am – 1:45 pm Luncheon

Making America Energy Independent
Sponsored by Range Resources Corporation

Conference Closing Remarks