Check back regularly for SHALE INSIGHT™ 2018 program developments. Schedule is subject to change.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018

8:00 am – 8:00 pm Registration Open
Sponsored by IUOE Local 66
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Pre-Conference Workshops

Canada, Pipelines and North American Energy Security
Presented by Canadian Consulate General-New York

2.0 Professional Development Hours

Moderator
Ryan Wall, Trade Commissioner – Pittsburgh,
Consulate General of Canada

Energy Transactions in the Marcellus and Utica Shales: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
Sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The evolution of the Marcellus and Utica shales has occurred in several phases. Industry insiders in the energy, business and legal worlds will discuss strategies necessary for the completion of successful energy transactions in today’s market as well as what future opportunities and challenges they see for the region. This interactive workshop will allow participants the opportunity to apply the strategies discussed to real-world situations.

2.0 Continuing Legal Education Credits/Professional Development Hours

Moderator
Britt A. Freund, Esq., Member
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Panel
Ryan Morgan, Esq., Member
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Reducing Methane Emissions: How State and Federal Agencies Are Regulating Methane Emissions
Sponsored by Woodard & Curran

State and federal agencies have recently implemented changes in regulations on the natural gas industry for reducing methane emissions. This workshop will include a discussion of the changes; how the industry will navigate the new regulations and permits, such as the Pennsylvania GP-5/5A permit, and how to implement new Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) technologies to monitor and report compliance.

2.0 Professional Development Hours

Moderator
Pietro A. Catizone, CCM, QEP, National Practice Leader, Air Services,
Woodard & Curran

Regulatory Panel
Charles Boritz, Air Quality Specialist,
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Cosmo Servidio, Region III Administrator,
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Himanshu Vyas, Environmental Engineer,
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Industry Panel
Howard J. Feldman, Senior Director, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs,
American Petroleum Institute
Joe McCay, Environmental Specialist,
Williams
Kristin Ryan, Engineer III,
EQT Corporation
Mark Wayner, P.E., Environmental Compliance Manager,
Range Resources

Data Management Presentation
Erika Lloyd, Project Manager,
Woodard & Curran

Technology Showcase
Sponsored by Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC
 
As part of the SHALE INSIGHT™ 2018 Conference, the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) Research Collaborative will host the annual Technology Showcase which provides suppliers of emerging technologies an opportunity to introduce their innovations to the natural gas producer, midstream/pipeline, downstream and service community.

Keynote
Shawn Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of Oil and Natural Gas,
United States Department of Energy

Joe Frantz, Vice President, Engineering Technology,
Range Resources
 
The Importance of Innovation in the Natural Gas Industry

Moderator
Paul Ziemkiewicz, Ph.D., Director, Water Research Institute,
West Virginia University

Panel
Shawn Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of Oil and Natural Gas,
United States Department of Energy
Joe Frantz, Vice President, Engineering Technology,
Range Resources
Sarah Smyth, Solutions Delivery Supervisor,
Chevron
George Stark, Director External Affairs,
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
 
Presenting Companies
Blair Air Systems Inc.
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
EcoVapor Recovery Systems
Halliburton
Javins Corporation
mIQroTech
Ondaka
Trakopolis IoT Corp.

Click here to learn more about the Technology Showcase and this year’s presenters and topics.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Seneca Resources Company, LLC, Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, Steamfitters Local #449, Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Pennsylvania, and The Association of Union Constructors

Join SHALE INSIGHT™ 2018 Conference attendees at Howl at the Moon for a high-energy live music show centered around timeless hits and current jams. Network with colleagues while enjoying a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.
For security purposes, Conference attendees will be REQUIRED to check-in at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to obtain their official SHALE INSIGHT™ badge prior to entry at Howl at the Moon.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
Sponsored by IUOE Local 66
8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:45 am

SHALE INSIGHT™ 2018 Kick-off

David J. Spigelmyer, President,
Marcellus Shale Coalition
Matthew Hammond, Executive Vice President,
Ohio Oil & Gas Association
Anne Blankenship, Executive Director,
West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association

Pennsylvania Welcome

Eric Barron, Ph.D., President,
The Pennsylvania State University

The New EPA: Fostering Responsible Environmental Protection with American Business
Sponsored by MPLX/MarkWest

In July 2018, Andrew Wheeler was appointed by U.S. President Trump as the successor to embattled former EPA head Scott Pruitt. Previously serving as a coal industry lobbyist and having a deep understanding of the impact of regulations environmentally and economically, the opening keynote address will provide attendees the opportunity to hear directly from the federal government’s lead environmental enforcer. Administrator Wheeler will discuss his plans to bring clarity, predictability and foster economic development from policy actions and outcomes including the continued dismantling of excessive regulations, the reduction in the Agency’s size and authority, and restoring the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and water clean and safe while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity.

Introduction
Greg Floerke, Executive Vice President, Gathering and Processing,
MPLX/MarkWest

Keynote
Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator,
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Exploring the Utica Shale Play’s Vast Potential and Global Impact
Sponsored by XTO Energy

The Utica shale is enormous — and we’ve only just scratched the surface. The full potential of this resource is being rewritten year after year as technological advances and operational innovations unveil even more of what this play has to offer. Gain expert insight and hear directly from one of the world’s leading and largest energy companies – ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy. Learn how in just a few short years, the Utica shale has transformed from a regional prize to a national resource to a global opportunity.

Introduction
Karen Matusic, Manager of Public and Government Affairs,
XTO Energy

Keynote
Andreè Griffin, Vice President Geology and Geophysics,
XTO Energy

Maximizing Opportunity for Natural Gas Electric Generation Plants in the Appalachian Basin

With the prolific natural gas resources available in the Appalachian Basin, more natural gas fired electric generation plants are being proposed and built in the region. Explore the opportunities for the upstream gas industry, independent electric generators and consumers by utilizing this abundant and affordable resource. Understand how state and federal policies are affecting these opportunities and what we need to do to keep this low cost and reliable energy available to all Americans.

Moderator
Todd Snitchler, Group Director of Market Development,
API

Panel
Ralph Alexander, President & Chief Executive Officer,
Talen Energy

10:45 am – 11:45 am Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Producer | Pipeline Showcase
University Research Showcase
11:45 am – 1:45 pm Luncheon
Sponsored by Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Kotula, President,
Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Hello from Ohio

Matthew Hammond, Executive Vice President,
Ohio Oil & Gas Association

William Ruud, Ph.D. President,
Marietta College

Getting Gas to Market: Current Economics, Opportunities and Infrastructure

This CEO fireside chat will share a regional, national and global perspective on the importance of getting U.S. gas to market and will address the current state of the industry from a financial perspective. The CEO will highlight the industry economics realized from the Appalachian Basin thus far and the potential business opportunities that will drive company growth and return on investment from both the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. Additionally, the discussion will address key 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 to grow end-use.

Pipelines to Prosperity II: Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons Learned
Sponsored by Dominion Energy

Pipelines remain the key to unlocking the enormous potential and success of the Marcellus and Utica play. Hear from senior pipeline executives representing some of the premier midstream companies in the region discuss the buildout of pipelines, challenges, opportunities and lessons learned. The panel will highlight what has changed with the new U.S. presidential administration, over $13 billion dollars of approved or on-the-docket construction projects, ongoing federal deregulation and the hurdles of onerous state regulations and sensationalized public media protests. Pipeline projects to be reviewed may include the Keystone XL, Dakota Access, Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Sunrise, Mountain Valley, Mariner I & II and PennEast with an eye on prescribed ways to work with government and each other in concert to positively solidify the region of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia as the epicenter of the American shale industry.

Panel
Brian C. Sheppard, Vice President for Eastern Area Operation,
Dominion Energy
Steve Woodward, Senior Vice President for Business Development,
Antero Resources
Chad Zamarin, Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategic Development,
Williams

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Producer | Pipeline Showcase
University Research Showcase
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Emerging Topics in Oil and Gas Litigation: How Underground Trespass, Royalties and Other Issues Impact the Growth of Shale Plays
Sponsored by K&L Gates LLP

In-house counsel will join K&L Gates oil and gas litigators for a panel discussion covering hot topics in oil and gas litigation including underground trespass, royalty actions and other issues that are impacting growth in the industry. This CLE-eligible session will offer insights as in-house and outside counsel together navigate the ongoing challenges of responding to and addressing complex litigation and disputes.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit/Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Jamie Lavergne Bryan, Esq., Partner
K&L Gates LLP

Panel
Mark D. Feczko, Esq., Partner,
K&L Gates LLP
Jeffrey C. King, Esq., Partner,
K&L Gates LLP
Lisa McManus, Esq., Vice President, Legal & General Counsel,
Pennsylvania General Energy Company
Bryan Rohm, Esq., Assistant General Counsel – U.S. Major Claims & Litigation,
Total E&P USA, Inc.

Is Natural Gas Development Affecting Public Health?
Sponsored by Babst Calland

Claims of alleged health effects from unconventional natural gas development continue to be published in journals and amplified by the media with increasing frequency, resulting in public concerns about the safety of the industry’s operations. Health and industry experts will review the bases for these claims and offer evidence showing that shale gas operations are safe.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit/Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Greg Floerke, Executive Vice President, Gathering and Processing,
MPLX/MarkWest

Panel
Christopher Long, Sc.D., DABT, Principal Scientist,
Gradient Corporation
Judy Hess, Ph.D., Epidemiologist,
Shell Oil Company
Kathy Condo, Esq., Shareholder and Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Practice Co-Chair,
Babst Calland

Landslide Impacts in and out of the Field
Sponsored by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

It’s no surprise that landslides have major impacts on projects, but the details we hear about only scratch the surface when it comes to the bigger picture of overall impacts to the industry. The immediate hustle to remediate physical issues often overshadows the far-reaching tangible and intangible impacts that landslides have on the business side of oil and gas development—for example, delays in flowing gas leading to breach of contract; the inability to deliver gas resulting in penalties, or consent orders and fines deteriorating public perception. In this session, you’ll learn from leaders in all stages of the development life-cycle including production, gathering, processing and transmission, who will share specifics on how a landslide can impact a business, and provide insights on how you can prepare for such impacts along the entire chain.

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Dustin Kuhlman, PE, Vice President,
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Panel
Greg Bezdek, PE, Vice President, Engineering,
MPLX/MarkWest
John Johnson, General Manager of Operations,
Chevron Corporation
Paul Hunter, Vice President Northeast Operating Area,
Williams

The State of Water and Waste Technologies for Management, Treatment and Disposal
Sponsored by Fluid Recovery Services

Economic drivers and stringent regulations on the natural gas industry have created new water and waste management technologies, including treatment for reuse, on-site treatment, and offsite disposal. Industry experts will review new treatment technologies and strategies in the field and how they are changing the way that the industry handles, reuses and disposes of water and waste.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit/Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Kathryn Klaber, Managing Partner,
The Klaber Group

Panel
Joel Hoffman, Manager of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs,
Laurel Mountain Energy, LLC
Devesh Mittal, CEO,
Aquatech
John Smelko, North Region Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Manager,
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Kevin Garber, Esq., Shareholder,
Babst Calland

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Happy Hour in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corporation
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Open Night

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018

8:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration Open
Sponsored by IUOE Local 66
8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:45 am

Good Morning from West Virginia

Anne Blankenship, Executive Director,
West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association

Cybersecurity: How will Operational Cyber Threats and Attacks Impact You?

Today’s new age of connectivity has created a global community, unprecedented efficiencies and technology driven wealth; but it also means that our on-line communications, equipment and systems are now exposed to ever increasing cybersecurity threats and attacks – possibly to the point of mass interference or “perpetual cyberwarfare”. Connecting your mobile device, laptop, IT networks, industrial controls and SCADA real time systems gives access to improved and new informational tools, ways to operate remotely and gain a greater understanding locally and globally of what’s happening. However, this new degree of connectivity means that on-line systems and communications are now subject to a series of cyber-attacks such as “Night Dragon” and “Stuxnet” – the first publicly known to target industrial control systems. Additionally, case studies like the North Dakota pipeline protests have shown that what appears to be local may really be manipulated worldwide through cyber interference and the lack of awareness by the private sector or government intelligence. This panel of acclaimed experts will share strategies on how to continue to capitalize on integrated systems while at the same time secure against increasing cyber threats including the targeted disruption of the U.S. oil and gas value chain, as noted in recent investigative press reports, by “following the money”.

Panel
Matt LaVigna, Chief Executive Officer,
National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Ambient Air Monitoring for Shale Gas Operations: What You Need to Know and How to Manage Risks
Sponsored by Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC

While the existing body of air quality monitoring data and scientific evidence does not provide evidence of any new or unique air pollutant exposures associated with shale gas operation activities, communities still remain concerned about air emissions from these operations (especially emissions of potential air toxics) and have begun to demand “fence line” air monitoring. This session will discuss all you need to know about fence line air monitoring, including federal regulations, industry case studies, air monitoring technologies, data interpretation and managing associated risks.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit/Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Scott Dismukes, Esq., Member,
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC

Panel
Christopher Rimkus, Esq., Assistant General Counsel,
MPLX/MarkWest
Jessica Sharrow Thompson, Esq., Attorney,
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
Lisa Bailey, Ph.D., Senior Toxicologist,
Gradient Corporation
Michael Teeling, MSc, PG, CPG, Vice President,
Woodard & Curran

Gas Powered Cogeneration: A Green Machine
Sponsored by Geisinger

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Incorporating Cultural Planning and Successful Consultation Practices into Oil and Gas Permitting Projects
Sponsored by Southwestern Energy

Project planning and partnerships are critical for the success of any project for all stakeholders. The Appalachian Basin has a long history of cultural resources that are part of its history. Learn from industry, cultural and tribal experts as they discuss examples of successful coordination for major oil and gas projects in the basin.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit/Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Afton Sterling, Regulatory Manager,
Southwestern Energy

Panel
W. Kevin Pape, President,
Gray & Pape
Eric P. Scuoteguazza, M.A., M.B.A., RPA, Senior Consultant,
ERM
Marion Werkheiser, Esq., Founding Partner,
Cultural Heritage Partners

Natural Gas Development on the Bureau of Land Management’s Public Lands
Sponsored by Eclipse Resources Corporation

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Melissa Hamsher, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Regulatory,
Eclipse Resources

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Producer | Pipeline Showcase
University Research Showcase
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Luncheon
Sponsored by Halliburton

Tony Angelle, Vice President, Northeast Area,
Halliburton Energy Services

Reducing Energy Poverty with Natural Gas: Changing Political, Business and Technology Paradigms
Sponsored by Chevron

Up to 3 billion people on Earth do not enjoy meaningful access to reliable, abundant and affordable energy that is the norm in many places. These limitations on access to modern energy can range from no to intermittent access to grid electricity, forced biomass cooking or lack of basic home heating. The expert panel, bringing together the 4 key success factors – corporate business interest, government coordination, academic research and capital financing, will debate options to drive change and improve environmental, humanitarian health and social issues affecting quality of life. Utilizing leading research and agency studies, the inclusion of natural gas in the energy mix can be a significant solution for developing countries like Africa and India as well as provide new growth for global natural gas markets. Although obvious positive outcomes are readily known, obstacles like governance, economics and complex value chain issues created by current infrastructure and capital requirements needed to bring new gas to market must be resolved to the satisfaction of interested stakeholders to achieve success.

Panel
Johannah Nesseth Tuttle, Manager of Global Issues & Public Policy International,
Chevron
Bradley Ritts, Natural Gas Initiative Managing Director,
Stanford University

U.S. Energy Independence + National Security + Cyber Command = U.S. Global Leadership
Sponsored by Range Resources Corporation

The SHALE INSIGHT 2018 conference closing keynote will address how the United States’ growing energy independence, driven by the American shale energy revolution with the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia at its epicenter, has dramatically strengthened our nation’s geopolitical and global trade position. This unique and dynamic keynote address by Admiral Michael Rogers, who retired in May 2018 after respectfully serving under both President Trump and President Obama’s administrations, will share his view on shale energy as a strategic game changer in the formula for U.S. global leadership and stability. Reflecting on the surge in American shale development to boost U.S. energy resources in combination with best-in-class national security and now highest priority elevated cyber command, the United States’ has leveraged these three core strengths to create tougher sanctions against rogue nations, fight a renewed winning battle against terrorism and cyberwarfare, and is working to balance the playing field on global business trade transactions. This expert and inside perspective will touch upon how this strategic formula will allow the U.S. to play an even bigger role in the global oil and gas ecosystem and prevent foreign oil producing countries and cartels from doing business as usual and enemy nations disrupting global peace.

Introduction
David J. Spigelmyer, President,
Marcellus Shale Coalition
 
Keynote
Admiral Michael Rogers
Recently retired U.S. National Security Agency Director & Commander of U.S Cyber Command serving under both President Trump and President Obama’s administrations as the 2nd ranking U.S. security and intelligence official on par with the CIA and FBI directors

Conference Close