Upstream PA 2020 – In-Person Event 2 Weeks Away!

Each year one of MDN Editor Jim Willis’ favorite events to attend is the Upstream PA event, planned and hosted by our buddy Joe Barone at Shale Directories. Unfortunately, Jim will have to miss this year’s event, being held Oct. 29 in State College, due to ongoing recovery from COVID-19. Jim and his wife are doing OK–it’s just taking a loooong time to get over the bug. At any rate, if you don’t have the coronavirus, you should attend! There’s still a few open seats and this event sells out each year.
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Natural Gas Vehicles Virtual Conference Coming Oct 20-22

MDN is proud to partner with NGVAmerica (natural gas vehicles) to promote this year’s NGVAmerica Annual Industry Summit, coming Oct. 20-22. This year’s Summit has gone all-virtual given the coronavirus pandemic. It’s convenient! Each day sessions are held from 12 noon to 3 pm Eastern. Natural gas vehicles are catching on, especially in fleets. It’s an important new market for all that Marcellus/Utica gas we pump.
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Shale Insight 2020 Day #2: Renewable Energy Myth; Unions Love Gas

Mark Mills – Manhattan Institute

Yesterday the second day of Shale Insight began with a keynote delivered by West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D). He mouthed support for the shale industry in an unremarkable talk. We’re not all that thrilled with Manchin. The American Energy Alliance Report Card says Manchin voted only 67% of the time to support affordable energy and fossil fuels (see House/Senate Energy Scorecard: Who to Vote For/Against PA-OH-WV). The real belle of the ball yesterday was another speaker: Mark Mills.
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Shale Insight 2020 Day #1: Plastics, Politics & Crackers

Yesterday kicked off the first day of the three-day Shale Insight conference, 10th annual edition. This year’s event is all-virtual due to the coronavirus. Headliners for the first day included presentations by Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, Vice President for Shell (in charge of the cracker plant) Hilary Mercer, and Secretary of the Dept. of Energy Dan Brouillette. There were a number of other presenters too. We have a summary below.
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Biden Turns Down Invitation to Speak Virtually at Shale Insight

Biden continues to hide in his basement

Now you know what Joe Biden really thinks about fracking and whether or not he plans to ban it. Up until Monday of this week, the Biden campaign toyed with the Marcellus Shale Coalition, negotiating to have Biden present to virtual attendees of MSC’s annual Shale Insight event. Then on Monday the Biden campaign pulled the plug and said NO. Must be threats from the radicals convinced Uncle Joe’s handlers to finally openly admit their bias against fossil fuels.
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Marcellus/Utica Shale Insight Event Goes All Virtual This Year

Almost every year MDN editor Jim Willis attends what he considers the best shale event in the Marcellus/Utica: Shale Insight. The event was created by the Marcellus Shale Coalition under Katie Klaber ten years ago. Jim has attended all but two of them in that time. Superb event. It’s usually hosted in Pittsburgh. This year, because of COVID-19 concerns and restrictions by the state, the event will be completely virtual. Shale Insight will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. Because it’s virtual, there’s no excuse for you not to attend!
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2 Important M-U Events Offer In-Person Options in Sept. & Nov.

It seems we are just now beginning to come out of the COVID-19 stupor. Folks are shopping a little bit more. Drive-in theaters are popping up on every corner. Camping has certainly made a big comeback. But there are still a few areas where normalcy has not returned–like in-person conferences and events. Until now, that is. Two important M-U events–PIOGA’s 2020 Fall Conference and Sports Outing, and the 4th Annual Appalachian Storage Hub Conference (rescheduled) now both offer in-person events.
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Appalachian Storage Hub Conference Aug 27: In-Person and Online

MDN is happy to help promote the 4th Annual Appalachian Storage Hub Conference coming August 27. This conference provides comprehensive information about the development of the petrochemical industry in the Appalachian Basin. Here’s the exciting part: You can attend the event in-person at the Southpointe Office Park (near Pittsburgh), or for the first time, attend online virtually. At this event, you’ll hear…
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Houston Petchem/Downstream Events Go Virtual – Attend for Free!

Each year the folks at Petrochemical Update (now owned by Reuters Events) hosts two concurrent events in Houston, Texas: Petrochemical Supply Chain & Logistics Conference & Exhibition, and the Downstream Conference & Exhibition. This year’s events were due to be held in June. That has just changed. Due to the virus pandemic and travel restrictions, both events will now be virtual. Same great speakers and topics, but now you can tune in to hear them. The best part? IT’S FREE!
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OOGA 73rd Annual Mtg: More Downsizing Ahead

Over 700 people gathered yesterday in Columbus, OH for OOGA’s (Ohio Oil & Gas Association) 73rd Annual Meeting. Industry leaders soberly assessed the state of current affairs. According to OOGA president Matt Hammond, the industry may have to downsize for a while. Jeff Fisher, CEO of Ascent Resources, agreed. Hammond said, “it’s just going to look a little bit different in the next few years” before the price of gas rebounds. The sentiment was clearly what we’ve been preaching: Expect lower for longer when it comes to gas prices.
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Report: Northeast Petrochemical Industry Market Outlook 2020

MDN is proud to partner with Petrochemical Update, now owned by Reuters Events, to promote the forthcoming Northeast US Petrochemical Conference & Expo 2020, being held June 29-30 in Pittsburgh. As part of that event, Petrochemical Update recently released the Northeast Petrochemical Industry Market Outlook 2020 report. We have details below on how you can get a free copy. Also below are details on how to register for the upcoming June conference–and save $150! Please join MDN at this year’s event. We promise it will be well worth your time.
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Appalachian Basin Real Estate Conference Coming Dec 11-12 in WV

One of the privileges of writing about the Marcellus/Utica industry is the occasional opportunity to attend worthwhile events and connect with the terrific people who work in this industry. Shale Insight (last week in Pittsburgh) was one of those events. MDN editor Jim Willis will attend another such event in a few weeks: Midstream PA 2019. Joe Barone, founder of Shale Directories, is the guy behind Midstream PA and similar events. Joe always puts on a good conference. Joe and Bryce Custer, from NAI Ohio River Corridor commercial real estate brokerage, have created a brand new event called the Appalachian Basin Real Estate Conference. Looks like another winner!
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Today: MDN Coverage of Shale Insight Event

MDN is on the road in beautiful Pittsburgh, covering the Shale Insight 2019 event, so today’s lineup of stories is all about yesterday’s opening day. We will return with full strength MDN news on Friday. Meanwhile, tag along with MDN and be a virtual attendee at our industry’s marquee event!

Shale Insight Day 1: President Trump’s Rousing Speech

President Trump was in rare form as he addressed several thousand people at the 2019 Shale Insight event. He was the closing keynote speaker of the first day of the conference. MDN editor Jim Willis was there to capture the speech for our readers. After acknowledging and praising three cabinet officials who came along with Trump–Dept. of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, Dept. of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler (all of whom Trump had high praise for)–Trump opened his remarks this way: “I was here three years ago and you’re much happier now. You’re much wealthier now.” Trademark Trump!
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Shale Insight Day 1: Other Media Coverage of Trump’s Speech

Credit: Keith Srakocic/ AP (click for larger version)

We thought we would bring you coverage of Trump’s speech from other sources, mainstream media sources. Believe or not, it was hard to find coverage! There was plenty of reporting on a small group of Trump haters who protested hours before (and even after) Trump visited Pittsburgh. A few were arrested for sitting down in an active roadway. The haters and their message largely had nothing to do with energy, which was the focus of Trump’s speech (excepting the sign you see in the picture, which we found hilarious). Haters gonna hate, just shake it off (Taylor Swift). Below we have several articles by reporters who attended yesterday’s Trump speech at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
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