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Agenda - 2011

Agenda for October 26, 2011

Conference Check-in, Continental Breakfast

A. Welcome by Maury Dobbie, Assistant Director, Center for the New Energy Economy 

B. Goals and opening remarks by former Governor Bill Ritter, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy


Natural Gas 101

8:30 – 9:15
Background Session #1.  Geology of natural gas
Speaker: Sally Sutton, Associate Professor, Head, Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University

  • Sources of organics
  • Formation of conventional gas
  • Unconventional gas: coal seams, tight sands, shale
  • Seismology and advanced locating technology

9:15 – 10:00
Background Session #2.  Drilling & completion
Speaker: Tom Sale, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University

  • Conventional drilling
  • Horizontal drilling
  • Conventional well completion
  • Hydraulic fracturing & completion

10:00-10:10  Break

10:10 – 10:55
Background Session #3.  Processing, transport, and distribution
Speaker: Scott A. Neil, PE, Senior Director Project Engineering, DCP Midstream

  • Production
  • Associated vs. non-associated gas
  • Wellhead vs. pipeline quality gas
  • Produced water (brief, covered more in next section)
  • Overview of processing, transportation, distribution
  • Showing the entire chain: subsurface -- wellhead -- gathering --processing -- transportation   -- metering -- distribution

11:00 – 11:30
Background Session #4.  The Role of Water
Speaker: Ken Carlson, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University

  • What is produced water? What is fracturing fluid?
  • How are produced water and frac flowback managed?
  • How does water recycling fit in?
  • What is the future of water resource management?

 11:30 – 12:00 
Background Session #5.  Supply outlook for natural gas
Speaker: Suzanne Minter, Bentek Energy

  • Supply, Demand and Economics

12:00-12:30 - Box lunch


Keynote Addresses

12:30 – 1:00
Keynote #1:  “Moving Beyond Misinformation: Education and Engagement” 

Speaker: Tisha Conoly Schuller, President & CEO, Colorado Oil and Gas Association

Keynote #2: “Moving the Discussion Away from Threats and Toward Collaboration.” 
Speaker: Ed Warner, Professor & Geologist


Afternoon Panel Sessions

Panel #1.  Increasing the use of natural gas: Is that a good thing? Moderator:  Tim Reeser, Executive Director of CSU’s commercial arm of Clean Energy Supercluster, CENERGY

2:40-2:55  Break

Panel #2.  The Role of Regulations in the Natural Gas Industry
ModeratorFormer Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy

3:55-4:05  Break

Panel #3.  Beyond our borders: Natural gas in a global context
Moderator: Bryan Willson, Director, Clean Energy Supercluster

  • Supply/Demand/Opportunity Issues in Europe, Asia(China) and Africa, Bryan Willson, Director, Clean Energy Supercluster,
  • How political and economic risk affects investment decisions and implications for the future of gas production in those same economies, Michael Orlando, Principal, Economic Advisors


Concluding remarks  -- Bryan Willson, Director, Clean Energy Supercluster, Colorado State University

Reception at Marriott for everyone who attended symposium on Day 1 (cash bar available)