Check back regularly for program development updates. The SHALE INSIGHT™ 2017 Conference schedule is subject to change.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

10:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
Sponsored by International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Heinz Field Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Peoples, EQT Corporation, Seneca Resources, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., and Laurel Mountain Energy

Get a behind the scenes look at the home of the 6-time Super Bowl Champions Pittsburgh Steelers and learn about The Legend of the Terrible Towel from the Voice of the Steelers.

Pre-registered Conference attendees are encouraged, but not required, to obtain their Conference badges at the DLCC registration prior to entry onto the Gateway Clipper Boats or into Heinz Field. Wristbands, required for entry, will be provided to all pre-registered Conference attendees. Attire is business casual and comfortable footwear.

Welcome Reception Directional Information

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

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
8:30 am – 10:00 am SHALE INSIGHT™ 2017 Kick-off

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition
Shawn Bennett, Executive Vice President
Ohio Oil & Gas Association
Anne Blankenship, Executive Director
West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association

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

Leading C-level leaders from upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the industry will discuss the state of the Marcellus and Utica plays from a global competitive persepctive including how affordable energy will drive a surge in a broad spectrum of jobs across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Development, distribution and end-use of low cost and abundant natural gas and natural gas liquids found in the tri-state region face many challenges; but the generational opportunities at stake are game changing. During this series of three 10-minute keynote addresses, speakers will welcome attendees and share their vision for moving the industry forward by prescribing ways industry can work in concert with government, work to positively affect the communities they serve, and work together to solidify the tri-state region as the epicenter of the American shale industry.

Mini Keynotes
Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor
United States Department of Labor
Morgan O’Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer
Peoples
Stacey Olson, President of Chevron Applachia
Chevron

From the Source: The U.S. Department of Energy Plans and Policies

Hear directly from the one of the Trump administration’s highest-ranking officials regarding plans and policies to create an “energy dominant” America that is less reliant on foreign energy sources and driven by domestic resources. Newly appointed U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette will provide Shale Insight 2017 attendees with the unique opportunity to learn more about how a self-reliance domestic energy strategy will grow American jobs, free the nation from the long-held grip of OPEC, make the country a net-exporter by 2018, and strengthen the county’s geopolitical position abroad—all while leading the world in reducing emissions through an “all of the above” U.S. energy development and end-use approach.

Dan Brouillette, Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Energy

Rebuilding America though Affordable and Abundant Energy
Sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corporation

With President Trump and his administration’s focus on rebuilding America’s infrastructure under a tagline of “America First,” the panel will discuss their companies—and the industry’s—plans to capitalize on this renaissance momentum using affordable and abundant natural gas to fuel manufacturing and the supply of daily-use consumer products.

Panel
Bryan Carpenter, District Automotive Manager – Mid Atlantic District
United Parcel Service
Dean Cordle, President and Chief Executive Officer
AC&S Incorporated
Perc Pineda PhD, Chief Economist
Plastics Industry Association

10:00 am – 10:45 am Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:00 am – 6:30 pm Natural Gas Use Marketplace
Sponsored by Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC, Geisinger Health, and Waste Management Energy Services
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. 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.

2.0 Continuing Legal Education Credits
2.0 Professional Development Hours

Moderator
Denise Waite, Client Manager
Woodard & Curran
 
Panel
Jim Cooper, Environmental Specialist
Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Meredith Odato Graham, Esq., Associate
Babst Calland
Kristin Ryan, Emissions Permitting Coordinator
Rice Energy
Michael Teeling, VP/Senior Technical Services Lead
Woodard & Curran
Tom Stoughton, Environmental Services Practice Leader
Woodard & Curran

10:30 am – 10:45 am Going Global: Identifying New Customers Through Exporting

Are you missing 95 percent of your potential market? Do you think that selling internationally is too difficult and only for large companies? Would you like to learn about current opportunities overseas? Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce for a presentation on utilizing available resources to expand your international customer base. Whether you are looking to grow in a particular country or expand your sales to new markets, there are programs to support your international business development goals. Learn how to assess best prospect markets for your products and find partners and customers overseas. Discover available export assistance resources and how to get paid.

Presenter
Ryan Russell, Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service – Pittsburgh

11:00 am – 12:15 pm 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.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit
1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Terry Bossert, Esq., Principal
Post & Schell, P.C.
 
Panel
Molly Corey, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Ohio
Attorney General Jeff Landry, Esq.
Louisiana
Ronald Levine, Esq., Chair-Internal Investigations/White Collar Defense Group
Post & Schell, P.C.

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.

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Melissa Hamsher, Vice President, Environment, Regulatory, Safety, Construction
Eclipse Resources Corporation
 
Panel
Mike Hutson, Retired Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police
Michael I. Oglesby, First Sergeant
West Virginia 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.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit
1.0 Professional Development Hour

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

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.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit
1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Kevin J. Garber, Esq., Shareholder
Babst Calland
 
Panel
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 Health & Environmental Safety
PennEnergy Resources, LLC
Eric Vendel, Esq., Senior Legal Counsel, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm Luncheon
Sponsored by Halliburton

Shawn Bennett, Executive Vice President
Ohio Oil & Gas Association
Tony Angelle, Northeast Area Vice President
Halliburton

Hello from Ohio

Honorable Mary Taylor, 65th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio

Maximizing Shale Development through Technology and Innovation
Sponsored by XTO Energy

Ms. Ortwein will discuss Maximizing Shale Development through Technology and Innovation, sharing her perspectives on emerging innovations in energy development, infrastructure, and manufacturing in the Appalachian Basin and around the world. She also will address the current state of the industry, the economic challenges experienced by producers in the Appalachian Basin, and the need for greater policy certainty to encourage long-term capital investments by the oil and gas industry. With a career that spans leadership posts in ExxonMobil’s Development Company, Upstream Research Company, and other senior positions prior to being named XTO Energy President in 2016, Ortwein is uniquely positioned to bring insights from one of the world’s largest integrated energy corporations to the conference audience.

Keynote
Sara Ortwein, President
XTO Energy

 
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.

Moderator
Greg Floerke, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P./MPLX LP
 
Panel
Walter Hufford, PG, Director of U.S. Government and Regulatory Affairs
REPSOL
Christopher Long, Principal Scientist
Gradient Corporation
Julie Panko, CIH, Principal Health Scientist
Cardno ChemRisk

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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Keynote
Paul Ziemkiewicz, Ph.D, Director, Water Research Institute
West Virginia University
 
Moderator
William J. Hall, CPG, Director
Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center
Ben Franklin Technology PArtners
 
Presenting Companies
BEG Group LLC
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

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Going Global: Identifying New Customers Through Exporting

Are you missing 95 percent of your potential market? Do you think that selling internationally is too difficult and only for large companies? Would you like to learn about current opportunities overseas? Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce for a presentation on utilizing available resources to expand your international customer base. Whether you are looking to grow in a particular country or expand your sales to new markets, there are programs to support your international business development goals. Learn how to assess best prospect markets for your products and find partners and customers overseas. Discover available export assistance resources and how to get paid.

Presenter
Ryan Russell, Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service – Pittsburgh

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Health and Safety Spotlight: OSHA Walking-Working Surface Rules, Trends in Flame and Gas Detection
Sponsored by MSA Safety

This breakout will explore, in detail, two key current health and safety issues and look at their impacts from both a worker safety and facilities standpoint. Product and application experts will discuss the requirements and trends associated with OSHA’s new Walking-Working surfaces standard, and will also explore how advancements in detection technology for both personal monitoring and site safety are changing and how this will impact operators and contractors.

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
John Raimondi, Marketing Manager – Oil, Gas and Petrochem
MSA Safety
 
Panel
Patrick Carfagna, Safety Supervisor
CONSOL Energy
Rob Senko, Marketing Manager
MSA Safety
Natalie Silva, Product Line Manager
MSA Safety

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

The data is clear—when companies commit themselves to diverse leadership, they are more successful. In study after study, this success is shown in terms of profits, employee satisfaction and company image enhancement. Yet a recent LinkedIn analysis found that the oil and gas industry has one of the lowest percentages for diversity of any of the dozen of industries that were examined. In this session, planned by the award-winning Women’s Energy Network-Appalachia leadership series team, a distinguished panel of male and female speakers will discuss the business case for developing a diverse and inclusive workforce, how it will affect the future of the industry, and how being an “ally” in your organization can add dollars to the sense.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit
1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Emily B. Thomas, Esq., Counsel
BakerHostetler
 
Panel
Mary Lou Fry, Esq., Manager Legal, Development and Production USA
Statoil
Jeannie Gardner, Global Pricing Lead
Shell Downstream, Inc.
Lynne Hackedorn, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs
Cobalt International Energy, Inc.
Lance Hyde, Supplier Diversity Manager
EQT Corporation
Stacey Olson, President Chevron Appalachia
Chevron
Beth Powell, President
New Pig Energy

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.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit
1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Gina M. Ameci, Esq., Shareholder
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
 
Panel
Christian Antkowiak, Esq., Labor Litigator
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
John DuMont, Esq., District Director
U.S Department of Labor – Wage & Hour Division
Andrew W. Dunlap, Esq., Partner
Josephson Dunlap

Water and Waste Management: The State of Water and Waste Treatment and Disposal in the Appalachian 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.

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Kathryn Klaber, Managing Partner
The Klaber Group
 
Panel
Dawson Lindauere, Water Planner Marcellus Business Unit
Repsol Oil and Gas USA, LLC
Luke Marsh, Senior EHS Specialist
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Devesh Mittal, Chief Executive Officer
Aquatech
Christine Prosser, Supervisor Water Planning
EQT Corporation

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Antero Resources

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

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, Geisinger Health, and Waste Management Energy Services
8:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome Back to SHALE INSIGHT™ 2017

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

Good Morning from West Virginia

Technology Showcase Highlights

Alan Abel, Environmental Team Lead
Chevron

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

A significant portion of the world’s population does not have meaningful access to modern energy services. In addition to real harms associated with health impacts and quality of life, the lack of reliable, affordable energy limits economic growth and results in a variety of environmental and social impacts. In areas like Africa and India, for example, natural gas could contribute significantly to the future energy mix, impacting development in those regions as well as the growth of global natural gas markets. While natural gas can help increase energy access while improving sustainability, obstacles ranging from governance and value chains to competition from cheaper or carbon-free energy sources must be addressed. As emphasis on limiting global carbon emissions increases, it is important to question how regional and global energy systems must change to deliver energy to the developing world.

Bradley Ritts, Managing Director, Natural Gas Initiative
Stanford University

Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals: Gas to Polyethylene – Helping Local Ethane Find New Markets

Shale Insight 2017 welcomes an extraordinary panel of executives from Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference, to discuss development of the new petrochemical facility being constructed in Beaver County, PA. Hear directly from key Shell executives about the construction and operation of this modern facility that will produce linear low-density and high-density polyethylene grades that will create the feedstock materials necessary for plastics manufacturing in the tristate region, and throughout the eastern U.S. Leading regional economic development organization, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, will discuss how the development of the facility will breathe economic life into the region, and take listeners through the process of spinning this energy straw into economic development gold in the form of plastics that will be generated for the first time in the Appalachian Basin.

Moderator
David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition
 
Panel
Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead
Shell Appalachia
David Ruppersberger, President
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
Jim Sewell, Government Relations
Shell Appalachia
Todd Whittemore, PE Global Technology Manager for Polyethylene
Shell Global Solutions US Inc.

10:15 am – 11:30 am 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.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit
1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Daniel A. Maltese, Vice President and Corporate Ecological Services Practice Lead
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
 
Panel
Robert McHale, PG, Northeast Environmental Director
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 and 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.

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Expert Lecturer
Tom Schoenwaelder, Principal
Deloitte

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

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.

Moderator
Sarah Magruder Lyle, Esq., President and Chief Executive Officer
Common Ground Alliance
 
Panel
Denise Brinley, Senior Energy Advisor
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Doug Grubb, Facilities Operations Senior Director
Geisinger Health
Steve Hedrick, President and Chief Executive Officer
MATRIC
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.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit
1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Michael P. Leahey, Esq., Member
Jackson Kelly PLLC
 
Panel
Aaron Blair, Manager, Right-of-Way
Williams
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

It’s important to engage local communities, both before and during projects. This session will look at ideas for how to assure your project’s success before the first shovel hits the dirt, and look at the opportunities that such proactivity can provide.

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Andrew Resnick, Senior Vice President
Five Corners Strategies
 
Panel
Rob Boulware, Manager, Stakeholder Relations
Seneca Resources
Julia Bovey, Principal
JHB Strategies
Honorable Jason A. Ortitay (R-46),
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition

Making America Energy Independent
Sponsored by Range Resources Corporation

Mr. Spicer’s closing keynote will provide an inside perspective of now U.S. President Trump’s administration and policy plans regarding the U.S. energy revolution and our new-found wealth of natural gas, particularly in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Mr. Spicer will touch upon how we are poised to strengthen our nation’s geopolitical position, create manufacturing opportunities here at home and jobs for all Americans while continuing to protect our environment. As a former advisor to the President and the White House Press Secretary, his address will provide insight on how the U.S. plans to play an even bigger role in the global oil and gas ecosystem, spur billions of dollars in construction projects, open shale exploration on federal lands, and reduce stifling regulations particularly as to pipelines. Lastly, Mr. Spicer will share his communication expertise and experience garnered from his post at the White House to address industry concerns and approaches to minimizing sensationalized public protests reported by the media and, globally, with regards to preventing foreign oil producing countries and cartels from holding America hostage.

Sean Spicer, Former White House Press Secretary to U.S. President Donald J. Trump

Conference Closing Remarks