conference agenda*

The Marcellus Utica Houston conference will cover a number of topics of what investors and stakeholders can expect for the energy industry throughout the Marcellus and Utica basins. Along with policy updates will come panels on midstream operations, power plants and the burgeoning petrochemical industry of the region.

Monday, November 4th

6:00pm – 8:00pm Networking Reception

Tuesday, November 5th

7:30am Registration Check-in and Networking Breakfast
8:30am Welcome
8:45am Legislative and Regulatory Review and Look-Ahead:

• Brittany Ramos – Pennsylvania

• Scott Rotruck – Ohio

• Curtis Wilkerson – West Virginia

All politics are local. With this panel, you will receive an update of the political, legislative and regulatory landscapes from the Marcellus/Utica Basin with a focus on Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Learn about the differences in operating and investing in these states, what can be expected from upcoming and ongoing legislative sessions, potential political changes, and what movements we are seeing in the ever changing regulations in response to public pressures. A brief overview of the industry as a whole and how national trends influence local outcomes.
10:15am Networking Break
10:30am Power Generation:

• Bruce Davis – Gemma Power Systems, LLC

• Raj Suri – EmberClear

As older plants are retired and natural-gas plants look to fill the gap, we will explore a number of projects that are under way and what can be expected from the construction and deployment of these facilities. Discussions will include what this will mean for the PJM, consumers, and producers and also how bailouts and legislative changes will affect the futures of these developments.
12:00pm Networking Lunch
1:00pm Midstream Developments:

• Mike Atchie – Williams

• Marc Halbritter – Blue Racer Midstream (retired)

Hear from operators managing large midstream projects in the basin and gain insights to how this sector is growing and evolving. Project updates will include all aspects of midstream development – processing, storing, transporting and marketing.
2:00pm Producers Perspective:

• Mike John – Northeast Natural Energy

• Bill McCartney – Flat Rock Development

With such an abundance of natural gas flooding the market and keeping prices low, what is the benefit of continuing such a high level production? When does economics make natural gas too cheap to produce? Have we or will we have reach that point? Recent mergers and acquisitions tell us that the time of “Drill, Baby, Drill!” may be behind us and yet some company’s are continuing to produce natural gas at increasingly high volumes.
3:00pm Networking Break
3:15pm Petrochemicals and Plastics in the Basin:

• Shawn Bennett – U.S. Department of Energy

• Joe Eddy – Shale Crescent U.S.A.

• Mike Turzai – PA Speaker of the House

The development and availability of natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica has led to a revitalization of the petrochemical and plastics industry in the United States. Cheaper prices and efficient production is leading to a resurgence of cracker plants and manufacturing to return to the basin where opportunity is as abundant as supply. Hear updates and insights from those that are working in the development of these projects and what they mean for the future of natural gas and industry.
4:15pm Development Updates:

• Austin Caperton – West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

• Matt Cybulski – JobsOhio

• Adam Walters – Governor Wolf’s Office of Energy

Lead development officials join us from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to share updates from each of their respective states. Subjects will include updates on projects that can be expected, state programs that encourage economic development, and opportunities on the horizon that those in the natural gas industry can anticipate.
5:00pm Post Event Mixer
6:00pm Adjourn

*Subject to change