WVONGA, MSC, OOGA partnering on regional oil & gas conference
CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be a keynote speaker at the sixth annual Shale Insight Conference — set for Sept. 21-22 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
The conference — a joint-hosting partnership of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Ohio Oil and Gas Association — will also feature keynote addresses from Harold Hamm, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources, and Gary Heminger, chairman, president and CEO of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.
Organizers note the conference is a nonpartisan event and invitations were extended to major party presidential candidates.
Trump unveiled his “America First” energy plan in May during a speech in North Dakota, promising to “… create real jobs and real wage growth.”
Trump pledged to remove some government restrictions on American energy and noted the Institute for Energy Research reports such action will create a flood of new jobs:
- Almost a $700 billion increase in annual economic output over the next 30 years.
- More than a $30 billion increase in annual wages over the next 7 years.
- Over the next four decades, more than $20 trillion in additional economic activity and $6 trillion in new tax revenue.
“The oil and natural gas industry supports 10 million high-paying Americans jobs and can create another 400,000 new jobs per year. This exploration will also create a resurgence in American manufacturing — dramatically reducing both our trade deficit and our budget deficit,” Trump said in May.
Trump also spoke at a coal industry rally in Charleston, W.Va., before the May primary.
Organizers of Shale Insight 2016 said the panel of speakers at the Pittsburgh conference will provide “… important discussions on shale development, featuring some of the most prominent industry and government leaders,” organizers said of the program. The program is outlined at http://shaleinsight.com.
MSC president David Spigelmyer, in discussing the conference earlier this year, said, “The Shale Insight conference has been at the forefront of showcasing emerging trends, especially related to technologies and best practices, while bringing together thought leaders, top executives as well as public officials to discuss and offer impactful analysis.”
Noting that the conference takes place in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica shale gas plays, Spigelmyer said partnering with key regional trade groups — MSC, OOGA and WVONGA — in three of the top energy producing states in the nation ensures that Shale Insight 2016 enhances the conference’s programming and highlights the challenges and opportunities in the Appalachian Basin.
According to organizers, the focus of this year’s conference is the next phase of the shale revolution and will emphasize end use and connecting the market place through infrastructure. The conference will feature keynote presentations, an interactive exhibit floor, tailored panel discussions, the technology showcase and a natural gas use marketplace, which all present networking opportunities for attendees.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our region, and we’re excited to be collaborating with the MSC and WVONGA this year for Shale Insight,” said OOGA executive vice president Shawn Bennett. “While our industry continues to face significant challenges, the current and future prospects for the Appalachian Basin remain very promising. This conference creates an important forum to exchange ideas, share best practices and heighten the dialogue around common sense energy policies, and we’re glad to be part of its continued success.”
The conference will also feature daily educational sessions exploring various technical and public affairs-related topics.
— Shale Insight, the nation’s leading forum for public-private dialogue on shale development, brings together industry executives, innovators and public officials to discuss the most pressing energy issues, market trends and emerging solutions. To learn more and to register for the conference, visit ShaleInsight.com.