2012 Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference
2012 Marcellus Midstream Show Report
See below for the 2012 conference agenda. To download a presentation, click the speaker's name and enter the username and password you received via email following the event. Your log-in credentials are only applicable to this conference and may only be used by registered attendees.
March 19, 2012
Appalachian gas and gas-liquids production from the Marcellus, Huron, Upper Devonian and other formations—and now possibly oil, as Ohio’s Utica comes online—has already been tremendous. As shippers are arranging for getting products to refiners and end-users across North America and abroad, they as well as the companies surfacing these hydrocarbons and their well-site drilling and fracture-stimulation partners are meeting and exceeding best safety practices across the region. Here, operators discuss how as additional safety experts provide insight into means of further improvement of the industry’s safety record.
While energy exploration, drilling and transportation operators aim for the highest level of safety within their practices, what are indicators within the organization that can achieve this or impede this?
- Organizational Culture That Improves or Impedes Best Safety Practices
Dr. Chuck Pettinger, Implementation and Change Manager, Predictive Solutions Inc.
OSHA's Observations on Improving Energy-Field Safety
OSHA hosts deep, rich expertise from its observations, collaborations in best practices and enforcement of safe operating environments for energy personnel. Here, that vast experience is shared along with insight into the agency’s position on enforcing safety in the Marcellus and throughout America’s oil and gas plays.
- Christopher Robinson, CSP, Assistant Area Director, Pittsburgh, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
From Wellsite to End-user: Case Studies in Safe Operating in the Marcellus
From preparing a wellsite to drilling and fracture-stimulating wells to processing and transportation, service companies and energy providers have developed best practices in safe operations. Here, members of each field describe challenges they met in achieving this and how they have been overcome.
- At the Wellsite: Drilling
Duke Dixon, HS&E Director, Nabors Drilling USA LP
- At the Wellsite: Hydraulic Fracturing
Ron Holt, QHSE Compliance Manager, N.A. Land Pumping Services, Schlumberger Ltd.
- Processing and Transmission
Harvey Rotramel, Corporate Manager, Safety Programs, Chesapeake Midstream Partners LP
Current Federal Pipeline Safety Law
A new pipeline safety law gives the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) additional authority to impose larger fines on pipeline operators who do not meet safety regulations. Here, the new law and its implications in energy operations are described.
- Bizunesh Scott, Former Chief Counsel, U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Field Notes: Safe Products for Safe Personnel
Here, learn of hazards and regulations in gas monitoring and of the flash-fire hazard, evaluating flame-resistant fabrics and how they work, NFPA 2112/2113 and UL certification, and how to implement a flame-resistant clothing program quickly.
- NFPA 2112/2113 and UL Certification
Derek Sang, Business Development Manager, Bulwark Protective Apparel, VF Imagewear
Gas Detection Technology
Gas detection is essential during the natural gas exploration, drilling and transportation process. The primary gases that should be monitored are combustible gases (methane primarily), oxygen levels, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide. Here is an overview of the technology to detect these gases and why it is important.
- Gustavo Lopez, Product Group Manager, MSA, The Safety Company - Presentation not available
Screening for Safe Personnel: At the Interview and in the Field
Safety in the energy industry can begin with the human-resources department. What tools are available to both hiring decision-makers and to new the hire’s co-workers in determining whether the add to the roster will help or hurt maintaining an exemplary record of best practices?
- Screening for Safe Personnel - At the Interview and in the Field
Dale Robinson, President, HR Safety Consulting LLC
Closing Keynote: Effecting Organizational Change Toward Greater Safe Practices
Armed now with detail-rich information on current best practices—both internally and in the field—in safe operations, here is how to effectively implement these improvements within your organization.
- Christian Cosner, Operations Manager, Bulk Terminals, Kinder Morgan Inc.
March 20, 2012
The booming Marcellus and Utica shale plays bring new sources of energy to the nation and highlight the growing importance of the oil and gas midstream sector. Chesapeake Midstream Partners LP's chief executive delivers the keynote address and highlights the play's challenges and opportunities in 2012 and beyond.
- J. Mike Stice, Chief Executive, Chesapeake Midstream Partners LP, and Senior Vice President, Natural Gas Projects, Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Finance Panel: Creating Value in the Midstream
The smart money is investing in infrastructure to support Marcellus shale-gas production. Here's an overview of the MLP Index, best-bet investments, challenges and opportunities for investing in the midstream space.
- Jerry V. Swank, Managing Partner, Swank Capital
- Bill Waldrip, Managing Partner, EnCap Flatrock Midstream
- Kenny Feng, President and CEO, Alerian
Spotlight: NGLs - The Big Picture
Unconventional oil and gas plays are changing the energy flows of America. Over the next five years U.S. natural gas liquids production will increase dramatically. The changing environment in the Northeast will impact the U.S. NGL market as a whole. Here's the forecast from an industry-leading consulting firm.
- Kristen Holmquist, Manager, Natural Gas Liquids, BENTEK Energy
Pipeline Panel: Moving the Marcellus
Thanks to ever higher rates of production, new pipelines are needed to take gas production to markets. Here, midstream operators reveal their takeaway plans for the play.
- Robert H. Parks, President, Superior Pipeline
- Stan Chapman, SVP, Customer Services and Marketing, NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage
- Stan Brownell, Senior Vice President, Millennium Pipeline
Spotlight: Partnership Approach to Midstream Buildout-Marcellus
Range Resources has a vibrant partnership with midstream provider MarkWest in southwestern Pennsylvania's large, rich-gas window in the Marcellus play. This partnership is crucial to Range's ambitious plans for growth.
- Rodney L. Waller, Senior Vice President, Range Resources Corp.
Special Presentation: Working Toward Pennsylvania's Environmental & Economic Prosperity
Since December 2007, when Range Resources Corp. reported results from initial horizontal Marcellus test wells in Pennsylvania, founding this world-class new gas play, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been actively working to update its laws and policies regarding oil and gas development. Here, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, who led development of a 137-page report by Gov. Tom Corbett's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission in 2011 on best practices in the state, discusses findings and results to date.
The Honorable Jim Cawley, Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Presentation not available
The supply and demand implications of developing Northeast shale plays are discussed by Spectra, which by year-end will complete two pipeline expansions in the Marcellus.
- Brian McKerlie, VP, Business Development, Spectra Energy - Presentation not available
Processing Panel: Marcellus and More
New processing capacity is underway to serve the rich-gas areas of the Marcellus, and midstream providers find that cooperation and coordination with upstream producers makes for cost-effective build-outs. Will today's slate of new projects be enough to serve the about-to-be-developed Utica shale as well?
- Marc Halbritter, Managing Director, Commercial Activities-Gathering, Dominion Transmission Inc.
- Marcellus NGL Infrastructure Expansion: What Happens When the Music Stops?
Dan Lippe, President, Petral Worldwide Inc.
- Rick Moncrief, EVP, Business Development, Caiman Energy
- Randy S. Nickerson, Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice President, MarkWest Energy Partners LP
Spotlight: Partnership Approach to Midstream Buildout-Utica
Operators in the nascent, liquids-rich Utica shale already have a bounty of hydrocarbons coming online and expectations are for tremendous additional volumes. Here, a midstream operator describes a partnership for processing these liquids into highest-use fuels.
- Frank Tsuru, President and CEO, Momentum/M3 Midstream LLC
Spotlight: Lessons Learned from Other Shales
Marcellus, Eagle Ford and the Bakken — a trifecta of success. Some systems work in all three and some don't. Here, a midstream operator compares and contrasts the shales and shares when works and what doesn't.
- Gary C. Evans, Chairman and CEO, Magnum Hunter Resources Corp.
Panel: The Storage Scene
Inarguably, gas storage plays a large part in the success of any gas field. Yet, the current environment of low volatility means margins can be squeezed. Here's how this group of storage operators make it work.
- William R. (Bill) Moler, President and COO, Inergy Midstream LP
- Anthony C. (Tony) Cox, Manager, Midstream Business Development, UGI Energy Services, Inc. - Presentation not available
As one of North America's largest natural gas gatherers and processors, Williams is focused on being a reliable midstream service provider. Here is an update and outlook on its opportunities and challenges.
- Frank Billings, Vice President, Williams Midstream
March 21, 2012
Growing domestic gas supply is tipping the scales toward exports. How much is feasible and who are the front runners in this burgeoning new industry?
- Donald R. Raikes, Vice President, Dominion Transmission Inc. - Presentation not available
Panel: Environmental, Safety and Technology
Pipeline operators and their construction contractors must keep an eye on environmental, safety and technology issues at all times. Here are some best practices.
- Jonathan Pollack, Senior Vice President, Commercial Solutions, GeoDecisions
- Ecological Offsets for Marcellus Midstream Permits
Elliott Bouillion, CEO, Resource Environmental Solutions
- Dana Burns, Engineering Vice President, Potesta & Associates
Spotlight: Leveraging Existing Asset Footprint in Utica-Marcellus
Hear how El Paso Corporation, through its wholly owned Tennessee gas pipeline and midstream companies, is providing immediate, interim and long-term solutions to Utica and Marcellus producers for their rich gas supply throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
- Chris Kral, Manager, Business Development, El Paso Midstream
Roundtable Panel: Building Gas Demand
The success of the unconventional producers has brought a new world of gas to the U.S. As a direct benefit, power generation, petrochemical manufacturing and even transportation can be more economically attractive than ever before. This panel reveals the details of the opportunities to come.
- George Stark, Director, External Affairs, Cabot Oil & Gas - Presentation not available
- Richard A. Bohr, President, Whitetail Natural Gas Services LLC
- Thomas B. Murphy, Co-Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Penn State Cooperative Extension - Presentation not available
- Lou D'Amico, President and Executive Director, PIOGA - Presentation not available