Important Conference on Clean Fracking…in Houston

MDN does not usually promote events outside of the northeast because our focus is on the Marcellus and Utica Shale. But sometimes an event comes along outside of the Marcellus/Utica orbit that’s worth promoting and calling attention to. The Clean Frac’ing Conference 2 being held in Houston, TX next week (Feb. 17-18) is one of those events. MDN is happy to partner with the organizers of Clean Frac’ing 2 to put the word out. We have many faithful readers in the Houston area–so we want to make them aware of this top notch event which addresses the timely topic of making fracking cleaner and greener. Yes, there is room for improvement with fracking technology, and yes, it’s rapidly becoming even better than it was yesteryear. We applaud conferences like this one for tackling a tough issue head-on.

Incidentally, one of MDN’s favorite industry friends–George Stark from Cabot Oil & Gas (a big Marcellus driller in northeast PA)–will be presenting at Clean Frac’ing 2. Tell George MDN says hello if you spot him. Below is a press release from the conference organizer which gives you a good overview of the event…

The Petroleum Connection announces its agenda for the Clean Frac’ing Conference 2 on February 17 & 18 in Houston!

The Conference is bringing together over 40 high level speakers—leaders from the oil and gas industry, academia, and government. “The agenda is integrated and thorough, “ says Jeffrey Presberg, Managing Partner at Petroleum Connection. “With respect to hydraulic fracturing, it will highlight emerging innovations in technology and practice and the important issue of public perception and communication—with an emphasis on connecting perception to what’s really going on and continuing to foster a dynamic that is solutions orientated, frank, and creative.”

“Questions about oil & natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing are coming from more people and places than ever before,” said Larry Holdren, a partner at Pure Brand Communications. “This conference is unique in that it gives communicators the opportunity to network and learn more about the incredible technology that makes the majority of domestic oil & natural gas development possible while, at the same time, exposing the industry’s technical experts and innovators—and really all involved—to a fuller picture of the issues and the communications function that is to be more and more important.”

The Conference will also feature presentations from respected researchers and academics on important studies such as the recent ones on methane emissions, on water and the environment, and on public perception of hydraulic fracturing. In addition it will address issues including roads and funding as well as perspectives and concerns from regulators and legislators to communities and county judges.

“The event is a major educational opportunity and I would like to see many industry folks attend,” said George Stark, Director of External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas.

Speakers include elected officials such as Texas Senator Carlos Uresti, and a ”legend”–Dr. Claude Cooke, as well as leaders from companies and organizations such as Marathon, Baker Hughes, Cabot, Schlumberger, Pioneer Natural Resources, Apache Corp, Anadarko, Statoil, Trican, Cummins, Caterpillar, Environmentally Friendly Drilling, Select Energy Services, Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, STEER, Consumer Energy Alliance, Western Energy Alliance, Texas A&M, Sam Houston State, University of Texas at Austin, and more.

For information visit:*

*Petroleum Connection (undated press release received by MDN on Feb 7, 2014) – Clean Frac’ing Conference 2

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