Marcellus Shale Opportunities

Wednesday, November 10

Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst, New York, 8:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.

Discovery of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale coupled with nontraditional drilling techniques has created a sizeable commercial opportunity. But questions remain…

Join us for an inside look at this technically complex, fiercely competitive, and intensely regulated environment. Our panel of industry insiders will sort through the unique geology, drilling technology, water remediation issues, and will conclude with a look at the current and future regulatory environment.

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Tracey Bank

Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University at Buffalo

Dr. Bank is a geochemist who studies the fate and transport of redox-sensitive metals in the geologic subsurface. She spent two years studying the remediation of uranium and chromium in heavily contaminated soils in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Currently, Dr. Bank is investigating water-rock interactions and the solubilization of trace metals from the Marcellus Shale.

Gary Lash

Professor, Department of Geosciences, SUNY College at Fredonia, NY

Dr. Lash is one of two geologists largely recognized as identifying the "true" potential of the Marcellus Shale formation to contain abundant natural gas. He is an expert on shale geology and the fracturing processes typically used to liberate geologically-entrapped natural gas.

Bob Garland

Senior Technical Advisor, Universal Well Services, Meadville, PA

Universal Well Services is an oil field service company operating in the Appalachian Basin and was the service company that "fracked" the first Marcellus Shale well for Range Resources in 2004. Mr. Garland has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and discuss methods used and emerging business opportunities.

Kent McManus

Vice President, Malcolm Pirnie

Malcolm Pirnie is one of the largest firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on environmental issues. Mr. McManus will speak on the firm's work addressing the unique issues arising from treatment and disposal of fracking fluids.

Daniel Spitzer

Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP

Mr. Spitzer concentrates his practice on a variety of issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, sustainable development, land use law, municipal law, and real estate development. His practice involves numerous renewable energy projects, including representing municipalities, developers, land owners, and financing entities. Mr. Spitzer will discuss current Marcellus regulatory issues and describe a road map looking forward.

Julie Roy

Project Engineer, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

Ms. Roy is a civil engineer with 8 years of experience as project engineer for the fabrication and construction of flat bottom and elevated water storage tanks, high pressure spheres, and API storage tanks. She also has 18 years of plant support and project management related to the petroleum product terminals, lube oil manufacturing facilities and finished product and crude pipelines. Job functions include: plant engineer; project manager; design coordination; procurement engineer; and maintenance engineer. Technical strengths include: project management and construction coordination. Ms. Roy received a BS in Civil Engineering from Youngstown State University and previous employment at several firms including Exxon Mobil, Mobile Oil, and Des Moines Corporation.

S. Dennis Holbrook

Exec. VP Regulatory and Public Relations, Norse Energy

Mr. Holbrook has over 35 years experience in the energy industry, focusing on legal, public policy, contractual and regulatory matters. He was instrumental in the formation of the Gas Industry Standards Board (GISB), now the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), where he served as its first Executive Committee Chairman and later as the organization’s General Counsel. While in private practice, he represented numerous energy clients including natural gas marketers, storage operators and exploration and production companies. He was formerly a senior executive of National Fuel Gas. Previously he worked in Washington, DC for the Federal Energy Administration and prior to that he served on the staff of U.S. Senator James Buckley focusing on energy issues. Mr. Holbrook earned a B.A. in political science from Bucknell University and a Juris Doctorate from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, where he was named to the CU Law Review. He is also a graduate of the Executive Development Program of the University of Michigan, Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Holbrook serves on the board of directors of both public service and industry organizations, including the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York, on which he has served as a director for over 25 years.

Who should attend: CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CTOs, CIOs, and other executives, managers, and decision-makers; researchers, academics, and engineers; purchasing agents; and others involved with or interested in the opportunities resulting from recent innovation.

Marcellus Shale Opportunities Agenda

8:00 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Marcellus Shale geology and its bearing on natural gas production
Gary Lash, Professor, Department of Geosciences, SUNY College at Fredonia and adjunct Professor of Geology, University at Buffalo
9:15 a.m.
Site Preparation, Drilling, Fracking, Extraction, Capping & Remediation
Bob Garland, Senior Technical Advisor, Universal Well Services, Meadville, PA
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.
Geochemistry: Water - Rock Interactions and Contaminant Solubilization
Tracey Bank, Asst. Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University at Buffalo
11:00 a.m.
Shale Gas Flowback Wastewater Treatment, Discharge, and Reuse
Kent R. McManus, PE, BCEE – Vice President, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
11:45 a.m. Lunch Break
12:30 p.m.
Regulatory, Safety and Economic Issues:
A panel discussion and Q&A led by Daniel Spitzer, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
Other Panelists:
S. Dennis Holbrook, Exec. VP Regulatory and Public Relations, Norse Energy
Julie Roy, Project Engineer, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
1:30 p.m. End of Formal Agenda


Wednesday, November 10, 2010, Buffalo Niagara Marriott, Amherst, NY

On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., and the program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Early Bird until November 1, 2010 November 2-8, 2010 Onsite, November 10, 2010
$65 $95 $120
Academic $35 $65 $90

Breakfast and lunch included.

For program questions, please contact Kimberly Rohring - 716.645.8135