Elite Energy Event: Midstream Movement

By On March 5, 2015 10:00 am

By: Kristie Kubovic, Director of Communications, Shale Media Group
Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group
Photos By: Shale Media Group

The second Elite Energy Event (E3) of 2015 was hosted by Shale Media Group on Thursday, February 26, at the Holiday Inn in Monroeville, PA. The event directly followed the Tri-State Alternative Fueling Expo, which was held at the Monroeville Convention Center. The Elite Energy Events, now in their third year, bring a variety of individuals together from across the energy spectrum in a fun, networking setting to discuss energy-related topics. February’s event focused on Midstream Movement.


midstream2Tejas Gosai, CEO, Shale Media Group, emceed the event. Guest speakers included: John Hindman, Senior International and Public Affairs Advisor, Leidos; Dr. Christina Toras, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Professional Studies, California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U); Joseph D’Amico, Board Member, North American Coal Bed Methane (NACBM) Forum; Bill Summers, Director and Vice President, VFG Leasing and Finance; and Tara Meek, Environmental Permit Manager, Williams, and President, Women’s Energy Network (WEN) Appalachia.

Gosai began with an update on some recent shale oil and gas industry headlines from Shale Energy Business Briefing (SEBB) and gave a brief industry outlook. Hindman followed and spoke of his work with GlobalPittsburgh, an organization that connects Pittsburgh to the global community, and some of the organization’s initiatives. He noted that in the past three to four years, half of the organization’s emphasis has been on energy and the majority of that has been on the shale oil and gas industry.

midstream3Next, Toras discussed two land management programs that she developed for Cal U. The goal of these programs was to combine law, geology, and GIS to meet the growing needs of the shale oil and gas workforce in the greater Pittsburgh region. These 100% online law-based offerings were designed to educate and train those interested in becoming entry-level landmen. Toras says there has been a lot of interest in the programs, which started with 15 students in August 2014 and are now up to 48 students.

midstream4D’Amico followed with a look at the upcoming NACBM Forum, which will take place May 20-21 at the Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg, PA. In addition to being a platform to exchange ideas, he says the NACBM Forum was established to advance mine safety and increase the production of coalbed methane (CBM) as an energy source. D’Amico added, “Underground gassy coal mines have the opportunity to recover the Coal Mine Methane (CMM) that would be released to the atmosphere as a result of mining and process it to pipeline quality for sale at the same time making the mines safer and production higher. Technologies required to accomplish this are Surface Directional Drilling and unique Gas Processing available from DTC.”

Making the point that America should be careful how it uses it resources like natural gas, D’Amico explained, “Power generation with natural gas has a 30–35% Thermodynamic Efficiency, while Direct Use natural gas for heat has 90% Thermodynamic Efficiency. That means in order to transmit electric power for heat you need to burn three times (3x) more gas at the power plant to do it.”

midstream5Summers then spoke of VFG Leasing and Finance, one of largest family held financing businesses in the US. VFG is a supporter of the alternative fuel industry, particularly compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane (LNG). He relayed that there has been some hesitation in shale oil and gas industry investing recently, but pointed out that 40% of the company’s business is in natural gas and propane. “We believe in American fuel,” expressed Summers, who noted that CNG shouldn’t necessarily be considered alternative fuel, but rather American fuel, since CNG comes from underneath the feet of Americans in areas such as the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.

midstream7Meek concluded by discussing her involvement with WEN, her previous work as a geologist, and her current permitting work. WEN brings women together in the energy industry and is comprised of seven chapters across the US. The Appalachian chapter was formed in 2010 and hosts various networking events which range from charity to sporting clays. As for her environmental work, Meek discussed the permitting process, which often takes a year from inception to acquiring the proper permits. She brought up not being able to clear trees from April to November due to the Indiana Bat, which means “needing to plan very, very well.”

midstream8An E3 highlight was a pipeline ice bar, which was created by Rich Bubin of Ice Creations. In addition, catering was provided by the Holiday Inn Monroeville’s in-house restaurant, Madison’s Bar & Grille. Some companies represented at the event included Catering America, Davis Law Group, DMC Design, Model Uniforms, Mustang Oilfield Services, Newpark Mats & Integrated Services, Schultheis Automation Control Systems, Inc., Shale Energy Institute, and WesLor Enterprises Inc.  The next Elite Energy Event will be on March 19 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Holiday Inn Express in Bentleyville, PA. To sign up for the March E3, click here.

Shale Media Group (SMG) is the news, information, and education resource dedicated to the shale oil and gas industries by messaging across video, Internet, publications, events, and radio. For more, check out ShaleMediaGroup.com to access all platforms, including SMG’s latest news delivery system–Shale Energy Business Briefing (SEBB), an ad-free subscription based service, where subscribers receive a real-time, daily email, featuring concise, hard hitting shale news 7 days/week, 365 days/year. To sign up, go to sebb.us. Kristie Kubovic is the Director of Communications at Shale Media Group. Contact her at Kristie@ShaleMediaGroup.com.