Energy, Utilities & Water  September 4, 2014

Natural Gas Symposium held Sept. 24, 25 in Denver

DENVER – Experts from natural-gas companies, universities, federal and state government and conservation groups will convene this month to discuss gas production in Colorado during Colorado State University’s fourth annual Natural Gas Symposium.

To be held Sept. 24 and 25, the event offers a balanced look at gas drilling and production in the state. Between 800 and 1,000 people are expected to attend.

The symposium moved to the Grand Hyatt in Denver this year after being held in Fort Collins in each of the past three years. Organizers were not certain that the renovation of the Lory Student Center at CSU would be finished in time for this year’s event.

The symposium features 12 panel sessions with a theme of “doing energy right,” said Maury Dobbie, assistant director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at CSU.

The nation is watching Colorado in its efforts to regulate the gas industry while addressing environmental concerns, she said.

“Our theme is ‘doing energy right,’” the same theme as last year, Dobbie said. “We feel that’s still where we are as far as connecting with the audiences and the stakeholders.”

The symposium comes amid controversy over oil and gas development on the Front Range. Voters in cities such as Boulder and Broomfield have passed fracking bans. Boulder County commission members also have enacted a moratorium on oil and gas development. Judges have overturned oil and gas bans in Fort Collins, Lafayette and Longmont.

Before the symposium, CSU experts will develop a white paper covering the “State of Oil and Natural Gas Development,” including challenges, effects, risks and benefits to gas production as well as new technology. The draft will be revised during the two-day event and will be published shortly afterward.

Panelists include former governor Bill Ritter; Mike Ming, general manager of General Electric Co.’s (NYSE: GE) Oil and Gas Tech Center; Matt Most, vice president of commercial development for Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) (TSX: ECA); Drew Nelson, senior manager of natural gas for the Environmental Defense Fund; and Dan Kelly, vice president, Denver-Julesburg Basin for Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL).

For more information on the symposium, visit naturalgas.colostate.edu. The event is free, but registration is required to attend.

 

 

DENVER – Experts from natural-gas companies, universities, federal and state government and conservation groups will convene this month to discuss gas production in Colorado during Colorado State University’s fourth annual Natural Gas Symposium.

To be held Sept. 24 and 25, the event offers a balanced look at gas drilling and production in the state. Between 800 and 1,000 people are expected to attend.

The symposium moved to the Grand Hyatt in Denver this year after being held in Fort Collins in each of the past three years. Organizers were not certain that the renovation of the Lory Student Center at CSU would…

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