The Natural Gas Symposium took place over two days at the Fort Collins Hilton, October 15–16, 2013. A pre-symposium day of events took place in the CSU Lory Student Center on October 14.

Monday, October 14, 2013: Pre-Symposium Activities

Student-focused multidisciplinary Workforce & Career Networking session

4:30 – 7:30pm in the CSU Lory Student Center North Ballroom (map)

Click here for more information and the session agenda.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Focus: Risks, uncertainties, benefits, and opportunities in the natural gas industry and markets.

7:30 – 10:00 am
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45
Symposium Chair and Emcee
Maury Dobbie, Assistant Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

Welcoming Remarks Sponsored by: Wells Fargo
Presented by: Dr. Tony Frank, President, Colorado State University

8:45 – 9:45
Executive Roundtable Discussion Sponsored by: MWH Global
Role that natural gas is playing and will continue to play in America in developing a clean energy economy
Moderator: Bill Ritter, former Colo Governor, now Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU

Featuring:

Chuck Davidson, CEO of Noble
Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE

10:00 – 11:05

Panel #1: Environment, Air & Water
Co-Moderators:

Ken Carlson,Associate Professor-Environmental Engineering, Director of Energy & Environmental Systems Center, CSU Energy Institute
Bryan Willson, Co-Director of Energy Institute at Colorado State University

Panelists:

Jeff Collett, Department Head, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
Gary Graham, Director, Lands Program, Western Resource Advocates
Bob Bemis, Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety, Noble Energy

11:15 – 12:25

Panel #2: Climate
Moderator: Diana Wall, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, CSU

Panelists:

James Bradbury, Sr. Associate, Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute
Doug Arent, acting Center Director, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, NREL
Scott Denning, Professor, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

12:25 – 1:00

Lunch served

1:00 – 1:45

Lunch Keynote Sponsored by: Noble Energy

Mark Brownstein, Associate Vice President & Chief Counsel, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund

2:00 – 3:05

Panel #3: Community & Public Health Sponsored by: BP Ameica
Moderator: Bill Farland, Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President, CSU

Panelists:

John Adgate, Environmental & Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health
Sarah Landry, Community Outreach Advisor, Colorado Oil and Gas Association
Rich Wobbekind, Senior Associate Dean, LEEDS Business, CU Boulder

3:15 – 4:20

Panel #4: Ecosystem & Conservation
Moderator: Mark Paschke, Shell Endowed Chair of Restoration Ecology Forest & Rangeland Stewadship, Warner College of Natural Resources, CSU

Panelists:

Bob Randall, Deputy Director, Dept. of Natural Resources, State of Colorado
Romeo Perez, Operations Engineering Manager, XTO Energy
Michael Powelson, Director of Energy Programs, The Nature Conservancy

4:30 – 5:00

Wrap–up: Reacting to Day 1 discussions, connecting Day 1 with Day 2 solutions

Presented by: Bill Ritter, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy

5:00 Adjourn Day 1

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Focus: Solutions in the natural gas industry

7:30 – 10:00
Registration and Breakfast served until 10:00. Registration held all day.

8:30 – 8:35

Symposium Chair and Emcee
Maury Dobbie, Assistant Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

Welcoming Remarks
Michael Martin, Chancellor, Colorado State University

8:35 – 9:15

Breakfast Keynote
Presented by: John Minge’, President and Chairman, BP America

9:25 – 10:45

Session #1: Protecting Our Atmosphere
Introduction of Bryan Willson: Todd Headley, President of CSU Ventures
Moderator: Bryan Willson, Energy Institute, CSU
Panelists:

Bill Liss, Manager of End Use Solutions, Gas Technology Institute
Joel Swisher, Professor, Energy & Sustainability, Stanford University
Curtis Rueter, Manager, LNG Program, Noble Energy

10:55 – noon

Session #2: Community Engagement and Policy Solutions
Moderator: Bill Ritter, former Colorado Governor, now Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU
Panelists:

A.J. Krieger, Town Administrator, Erie, Colorado
Scott Hall, CEO of Prospect Energy, Fort Collins, Colorado
Ginny Brannon, Assistant Director for Water and Energy, Colorado Department of Natural Resources

12:00 – 12:30

Lunch served

12:30 – 1:15

Lunch Keynote Sponsored by: Norton Rose Fulbright
Presented by: U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (Unfortunately Senator Bennet was unable to attend due to the U.S. Government shutdown issues. In his place was a panel described below)

Moderator: Bill Ritter, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU
Panelists:

Pam Kiely, Principal, PK Strategies
Tisha Schuller, President, Colorado Oil and Gas Association
David Neslin, Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs

1:30 – 2:15

Session #3: State Legislative Efforts
Moderator: Bill Ritter, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU
Panelists:

State Senator Greg Brophy, Denver, Colorado (R)
Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Majority Leader, Boulder, Colorado (D)

2:30 – 3:40

Session #4: Approaches for Minimizing Impacts to Water
Moderator: Ken Carlson, Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability within the CSU Energy Institute, CSU
Panelists:

Adam Prior, Water Technical Specialist, Noble Energy
David Ellerbroek, PhD, Vice President, MWH Global
Yves Pollart, VP Environmental Engineering, RETTEW Associates

3:40 – 4:00

Symposium Wrap–up
Presented by: Bill Ritter, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy