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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

10:00 am – 11:30 am SHALE INSIGHT™ 2020 Welcome

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition

MSC Chairman Industry Remarks

Christopher Rimkus, Esq., Assistant General Counsel
MPLX

A Virtual Welcome to the Key States: PA, OH and WV
Sponsored by PennEnergy Resources, LLC

Senator Toomey will reflect on the critical, positive impacts of natural gas development on our nation’s energy and national security, and provide insight on his role as a leading proponent on behalf of the men and women who work in America’s energy industry.

Introduction
Rich Weber, Chairman and CEO
PennEnergy Resources, LLC
 
Keynote
The Honorable Pat Toomey (R-PA)
U.S. Senate

Game Changer: Update on the Shell Petrochemical Facility Buildout

One of Shell Pennsylvania’s leading executives will share an inside view and update on the game changing petrochemical facility buildout, which is already transforming the Appalachian region and U.S. petrochemical industry. Now two-thirds complete, this $6 billion investment has already created 7,200 jobs and is drawing investment attention of other chemical facilities and product manufacturers from around the nation.

Hilary Mercer, Vice President, Pennsylvania Chemicals
Shell Polymers

Turning World Class Energy into Life-Sustaining Essential Products

In the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, this unique panel session provides attendees the opportunity to hear directly from experts and manufacturers impacting the healthcare industry, personal protection equipment and the everyday cleaning products used to create clean environments, treat patients and keep workers safe – all from natural gas derivatives.

Moderator
Gene Barr, President and CEO
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
 

Panelists
Chris Jahn, President and CEO
American Chemistry Council

Antonis Papadourakis, President and CEO
LANXESS Corporation

Tony Radoszewski, President and CEO
Plastics Industry Association

11:30 am – 11:45 am Virtual Exhibit Break

11:45 am – 12:15 pm A View from the Top: Energy’s Outlook and Use

This keynote will focus on how the U.S. energy revolution, with Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia at its epicenter, continues to fuel a global competitive and economic advantage while improving our environment. As the top U.S. energy official, Secretary Brouillette will share his vision of the U.S. energy portfolio’s projected evolution and consumption demands while highlighting the region’s major investments in petrochemical, manufacturing, power generation and refinery revitalization. Lastly, the keynote address will explain why fossil fuels remain the only reliable energy source for the foreseeable future.

Introduction
Steve Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
 
Keynote
The Honorable Dan Brouillette, Secretary
U.S. Department of Energy
 
Q&A
Steve Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition

SHALE INSIGHT™ Day 1 General Session Recap and Introduction to Breakouts

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Virtual Exhibit Break

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Breakout Sessions

Pipeline Development: Legal Challenges and Federal Permitting Issues
Sponsored by Babst Calland

Join leading legal and industry analysts for an insightful panel discussion focusing on the current legal challenges and federal permitting issues facing pipeline projects. Timely topics to be examined include the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on pipeline crossings beneath the Appalachian Trail, court challenges and proposed changes to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nationwide Permit 12 , revisions to 401 water quality certification requirements and the proposed definition of “habitat” under the Endangered Species Act regulations.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit

Moderators
Lisa Bruderly, Esq., Shareholder
Babst Calland

Keith Coyle, Esq., Shareholder
Babst Calland
 

Panelists
Ashley O’Neil, Esq., Senior Counsel,
Williams
Christopher Rimkus, Esq., Assistant General Counsel
MPLX

Technology Showcase
Sponsored by REPSOL

Shale Insight’s annual Technology Showcase provides a premiere opportunity for developers of emerging technologies to introduce new innovations to the natural gas industry and its service providers. Selected from a competitive field of entries by the MSC Research Collaborative, join this session to hear the latest about technologies coming our way.

To view the presenting companies, click here.

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Virtual Exhibit Break

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Breakout Sessions

Marcellus Squares
Sponsored by K&L Gates, LLP

Chances are good that, these days, you’ve been spending a lot of time in virtual meetings, with the images of your clients and colleagues arranged in squares across your computer screen. This arrangement may remind you of a certain beloved game show from years gone by. Using a format that’s inspired by the show — with a host, announcer, contestants, and “celebrities” in squares — this presentation will cover recent developments in oil and gas law and examine industry issues that may drive future legal developments. Come prepared to be educated and entertained!

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit

Host
David Fine, Esq., Partner
K&L Gates, LLP
 

Announcer
Anthony Holtzman, Esq., Partner
K&L Gates, LLP
 

Contestants
Chris Lacy, Esq., Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Southwestern Energy

Lisa McManus, Esq., Vice President, Legal and General Counsel
Pennsylvania General Energy
 

Celebrities
Maribeth Anderson, Director, Government Relations
Antero Resources

Terry Bossert, Esq., General Counsel
Marcellus Shale Coalition

David Callahan, Vice President, External Affairs
JKLM Energy

Peter Gleason, Esq., Partner
K&L Gates, LLP

Jennifer Hoffman, Vice President, EHS and Regulatory
Olympus Energy

Will Ratcliffe, Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Williams

Sandra Safro, Esq., Partner
K&L Gates, LLP

Matt Sheppard, Senior Director – Government Affairs
Chesapeake Energy

George Stark, Director, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Effectively Managing Landslide Hazards within an Integrity Management Framework
Sponsored by Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

Landslides have resulted in multiple pipeline ruptures in the Appalachian region in the past few years. However, management of this hazard does not fit easily into traditional integrity management approaches and identifying and managing landslides prior to an incident can seem daunting. Join an industry leading panel to discuss a straightforward logical approach to identifying, characterizing, and managing landslides before an incident occurs. The panel discussion will put landslides into an integrity management framework and demonstrate how existing pipeline integrity management programs can successfully reduce risk from this challenging hazard.

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Alex McKenzie-Johnson, PG, Principal
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
 

Panelists
Jonathan Bell, PE, Senior Engineer
Williams

Patrick Fleck, PE, Integrity Engineer – Geohazards
Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Clayton Johnson, LG, Integrity Engineer – Weather and Outside Forces
TC Energy

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Virtual Exhibit Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions

Pre and Post Asset Acquisitions: Due Diligence and EPA Violation Forgiveness
Sponsored by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Failure to identify, evaluate, and manage liabilities during the acquisition process of oil and gas assets can result in considerable pitfalls. Unknown liabilities can turn a once-great deal into a financial, legal, or scheduling quagmire. Recognizing and considering liabilities when planning a transaction is essential to the decision-making process. Responsibilities do not end at the closing, however; there are plenty of items to address post-closing that can make for an easier process of incorporating the new asset into the buyer’s overall portfolio. Join the presenters for an informative discussion of due diligence considerations, followed by a focus on air-related liabilities and the EPA’s New Owner Audit Program for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Facilities, which provides a grace period to achieve compliance without fear of repercussions.

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator

Leah Blinn, Principal
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
 

Panelists
Jim Cooper, Principal/Office Lead
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Kristen Robertson, PG, Project Manager
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Bo Valli, PG, Principal
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

10:00 am – 11:15 am SHALE INSIGHT™ Welcome Back

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition

A Virtual Welcome to the Key States: PA, OH and WV
Senator Manchin will provide insight on the importance of the Appalachian natural gas industry to the interests of the United States, including a unique perspective from his role as Ranking Member of the U.S. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Introduction
Jonathan Jackson, Vice President of Operations, G&P, Eastern Region
MPLX
 
Keynote
The Honorable Joe Manchin III (D-WV)
U.S. Senate

A Reality Check: “Green” Energy, Mines, and Minerals
Sponsored by Seneca Resources Company, LLC

Green energy advocates are doubling down on pressure to increase the use of wind, solar power and electric cars. Left out of the discussion is any serious consideration of the broad environmental and supply-chain implications of renewable energy. The facts are that all energy-producing machinery must be fabricated from earth extracted materials and worn out renewable energy hardware must be disposed; creating unprecedented global mining, exacerbated environmental impacts, and a vulnerable U.S. renewable energy supply-chain dependent on key minerals from foreign countries.

Introduction
Brad Elliott, Vice President, East Division
Seneca Resources
 

Keynote
Mark Mills, Senior Fellow and Writer
Manhattan Institute and Wall Street Journal

Decarbonization of Natural Gas: The New Frontier Now
As society drives toward a reduced carbon dioxide emission economy, many energy, utility, transport, consumer and investment companies are revising business plans to address or force change. State governments, through programs like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program, are also banding together to limit and impose new carbon fees. So, what is the future of advanced technologies like carbon capture and sequestration and what are the opportunities that are coming for achieving reduced carbon emissions in the natural gas sector? The session will highlight opportunities, challenges and timelines to make this breakthrough a reality.

Dr. Brian Anderson, PhD, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy

11:15 am – 11:30 am Virtual Exhibit Break

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Industry and Labor: A Business Partnership for America’s Growth

Building a successful business partnership which promotes job creation and economic growth requires that industry and labor find common ground and support for one another so that together the community prospers. The natural gas industry along with the building trades have been shining examples of how to get that done. From jobs to pipelines to LNG exports, listen to a panel of industry and labor leaders as they discuss the successes, challenges and opportunities ahead for such a partnership.

Moderator
David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition
 

Panelists

Tom Melcher, Business Manager
Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades Council

Jeff Nobers, Executive Director
Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania

Jim Snell, Business Manager
Steamfitters Local 420

Shawn Steffee, Executive Board Trustee/Business Agent
Boilermakers Local 154

SHALE INSIGHT™ Day 2 General Session Recap and Introduction to Breakouts

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Virtual Exhibit Break

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Breakout Sessions

Go With the Flow: Applying Natural Stream Design Principles for Pipeline Exposure Repairs
Sponsored by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Pipelines cross thousands of streams throughout the country. Such hydromodification to these dynamic and erosive systems may cause natural and impaired stream migration, which can eventually expose and damage high-value infrastructure. Traditional solutions can be short term or expensive and could exacerbate stream impairment or require lengthy outages. Plan to join this timely session for a discussion on how to apply natural stream design principles – focused on long-term channel and bank stability and flood resiliency – to repair exposures while keeping the pipeline in service

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Presenters
Matthew Gramza, PE, CFM, CPESC, Principal
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Water and Waste Handling: Studies and Stories
Sponsored by Babst Calland

This session will discuss the trends in water and waste storage, transport, recycling and disposal practices across the Tri-state area. Join industry and legal analysts as they provide an overview of the latest state and federal regulatory developments, and how those developments intersect with current industry pressures. Panelists also will discuss and provide expert analysis on the results of produced water studies by USEPA and the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit
1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Jean Mosites, Esq., Shareholder
Babst Calland
 

Panelists
Jon Dufalla, Environmental Compliance Manager
Range Resources

Kevin Garber, Esq., Shareholder
Babst Calland

Luke Marsh, Lead Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist
Cabot Oil & Gas

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Virtual Exhibit Break

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Breakout Sessions

Spill Reporting and Remediation
Sponsored by Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP

Pennsylvania has multiple layers of reporting obligations applicable to potential spills or releases of regulated substances at unconventional well sites. What triggers reporting obligations, how reporting takes place, when reporting is required and what consequences flow from spills or releases of regulated substances are all issues that are sparking ongoing discussion and engagement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In addition, the regulations governing unconventional well sites contain unique requirements that apply to the investigation and remediation of environmental impacts from spills and releases of regulated substances. The manner in which these requirements mesh with the environmental cleanup program under the Pennsylvania Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act remains unresolved. This session will explore the ongoing dynamics of spill reporting and remediation requirements for the natural gas industry.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit
1.0 Professional Development Hour

Presenters

Thomas Duncan, Esq, Esquire – Associate
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox

Michael Meloy, Esq, Esquire
Manko Gold, Katcher & Fox

Jeff Walentosky, PG, President
Moody & Associates, Inc.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Virtual Exhibit Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions

Between Human Resources and Occupational Safety and Health issues, what kind of plan do we need for COVID-19 now?

Sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson

This presentation will assist companies and their employees navigate employment issues regarding childcare, school closures, leave issues, virtual learning, home schooling, and teleworking arrangements which have become necessary as a result of COVID-19. In addition, panelists will provide timely updates on OSHA enforcement and related employers’ responsibilities due to COVID-19.

1.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit

Presenters
Nelva J. Smith, Esq., Of Counsel
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

William J. Wahoff, Esq., Member
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

NORM and TENORM: A Discussion with Key Regulatory Officials
Sponsored by Cabot Oil & Gas

Regulations for NORM/TENORM vary across state and federal jurisdictions. Join this timely discussion to gain an insider’s perspective of the current and forthcoming regulatory environment throughout the Appalachian Basin. Agency and technical experts will discuss the regulatory differences, as well as the state of the industry related to NORM and TENORM, with a focus on the high level of expertise brought by those employed by the industry and are involved in the process of shale gas development.

1.0 Professional Development Hour

Moderator
Luke Marsh, Lead Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist
Cabot Oil & Gas
 

Panelists
David Allard, CHP, Director Bureau of Radiation Protection
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Philip Egidi, Environmental Scientist, Radiation Protection Division
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Alex Lopez, CHP, Director – Health Physics Operations
Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc.

Charles McCracken, Manager – Radiation Safety Section, Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020

10:00 am – 12:05 pm SHALE INSIGHT™ Welcome Back

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition

A Virtual Welcome from the Region and Local Impact
Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Commenting on the natural gas industry’s importance to the Tri-State Region, and in particular, the economic impact to Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Jeff Kotula, President
Washington County Chamber of Commerce

The Future Workforce: Preparing for Careers in the Natural Gas Industry
Sponsored by Chief Oil & Gas, LLC

Learn from an energy industry leading executive and top university official about the opportunities and careers available in the natural gas industry and how universities are preparing the energy workforce of tomorrow.

Introduction
Marcia Simpson, PE, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations
Chief Oil & Gas
 
Dr. Lee Kump, PhD, Dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Penn State University

Fireside Chat: ESG in the Oil and Gas Industry
Sponsored by Range Resources

Do you know about ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) in the oil and gas industry? It’s been getting a lot of focus in the corporate space, particularly when it comes to financing and investment capital discussions. C-suite conversations related to ESG corporate sustainability abound in the oil and natural gas industry. Are you spending the right amount of time working on scorecards and metrics with your investment bankers and energy partners. Listen in on a conversation with CEOs and learn what you can do to stay on top of the money game.

Introduction
Andrew Ritter, Jr., Vice President – Government Relations
Range Resources
 

Fireside Chat
Chris Doyle, Lead Director
Olympus Energy

Greg Floerke, Chief Operating Officer
MPLX

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition

A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations

As global demand for power doubles every two decades, electricity remains one of the most difficult forms of energy to supply and do so reliably. Today, some three billion people live in places where per-capita electricity use is less than what is used by an average American refrigerator. In A Question of Power, veteran journalist Robert Bryce tells the human story of electricity and explains why some countries have successfully electrified while so many have remained in the dark. He powerfully debunks the notion that our energy needs can be met solely with renewables and explains how we close the colossal gap between the electricity rich and the electricity poor will determine our future.

Robert M. Bryce
Journalist and Author
A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations

Closing Keynote: American Energy Dominance, American Energy Security

SHALE INSIGHT™ 2020’s closing keynote address by Larry Kudlow, Assistant to the U.S. President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, will provide a key White House insider’s perspective on the importance of U.S. energy dominance and security to drive domestic and global economic policy. Mr. Kudlow’s experience includes serving under President Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget, chief economist and senior managing director for Bear Stearns & Company and CNBC Senior Contributor and host of CNBC’s primetime show “The Kudlow Report.” He is also the author of “JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity” and “American Abundance: The New Economic and Moral Prosperity.”

Larry Kudlow
Assistant to the President of the United States
Director, National Economic Council

SHALE INSIGHT™ 2020 Closing Remarks and Thank You

David Spigelmyer, President
Marcellus Shale Coalition

12:05 pm – 12:30 pm Virtual Exhibit Break