Hosted by The Energy Institute at Colorado State University for the 4th year, the 2014 Natural Gas Symposium was held September 24 and 25 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver, Colorado.  Since 2011 when Colorado State University hosted their first inaugural symposium,  CSU has built a reputation for the past four years for hosting balanced symposiums discussing all sides of the natural gas issue while remaining an “honest broker” of information and education.

Day 1:  Wednesday, Sept 24

8:30-8:40 am –Welcome Remarks

—  Maury Dobbie, Symposium Chair and Assistant Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU
—  Colorado State University System Chancellor Michael V. Martin
—  Frank Muscara, Executive Vice President, Head of the Power and Utilities Group, Wells Fargo Energy Group, Wells Fargo & Company

8:40-10:15 am Session 1:   The Big Picture

A Colorado State University expert will share the highlights of the white paper. CSU will publish the white paper approximately one month after the symposium. It will be entitled “State of Oil and Natural Gas Development” and would reflect a “big picture” while capturing CSU’s vision and view of the current landscape regarding energy and its issues. Included will be CSU’s opinion on how to maximize environmentally responsible development of oil and gas in Colorado and America. It would include what has been done and is being done to address challenges, an overview of where Colorado currently is with respect to energy and where it should go. The paper will discuss the risks, benefits and impacts associated with extraction, the beneficial uses of natural gas, the public policy landscape and the possibility of new technologies to address industry challenges. The white paper will follow the 2014 Natural Gas Symposium agenda and topics (see the 11 session topics below). A panel of experts will follow to discuss key points of the white paper.

CSU white paper presenter: Ken Carlson, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability
Panel moderator: Bill Ritter, former Colorado Governor, now Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
—  Hasan Dandashly, Vice President, Downstream Technology Solutions, Oil and Gas for GE
—  Dan Grossman, Regional Director, Rocky Mountain Office, Environmental Defense Fund
—  Paula Gant, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Oil and Natural Gas, DOE
—  Chris Wright, CEO, Liberty Resources

10:25-11:45 am Session 2:  What’s going on in the conversation between industry and citizens in Colorado? Reconciling community and industry perspectives.

What are the key areas for improving communication between the natural gas industry and Colorado’s communities? What could the whole state gain from an increase in the opportunities for industry leaders and civic leaders to know and understand each other? What risks does natural gas production pose to Colorado’s communities, and how should we rank those risks by priority and urgency?  What are the best strategies for anticipating those risks and setting up terms to minimize and mitigate them?  If this well-informed set of panelists had the chance to set the agenda for a fresher and more direct public conversation, what two or three guidelines would they set out for the participants in that conversation?  What are the key steps needed to give a practical meaning, acceptable to industry and to concerned citizens, to the idea of “the social license to operate”? What vision of Colorado, in 2024 or in 2034, should guide our choices today?

Panel moderator: Patty Limerick, Co-Founder and Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado
—  Ted Brown, Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor to the CEO and President, Noble Energy
—  Pete Maysmith, Executive Director, Conservation Colorado
—  Elise Jones, Boulder County Commissioner
—  Howard Boigon, Founder, Boigon Law Ltd

11:45-11:55 am – Colorado Water Watch demonstration.  Colorado Water Watch release FINAL.

11:55 am-12:30 pm – Lunch Break

12:30-1:30 pm Session 3:  Lunch keynote

Keynote introduction:  Alan Rudolph, Vice President of Research, Colorado State University
Keynote speaker:  Brad Holly, Vice President, Operations Rocky Mountain Region, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

1:40-3:00 pm Session 4:   Technology Panel

Based on the current risks and issues already outlined in the CSU white paper and in the previous sessions, to what extent can new and emerging technologies change the risk/benefit proposition of expanded natural gas use? Issues addressed include climate, air, water, land, drilling and production practices, upstream and downstream issues. Do the new technologies change the nature of the discussion and how does it affect people’s perspectives? Environmental regulations can be used to address the social good but without keeping innovations affordable no company can solve the issues. The public needs to feel it is being protected and respected. What were the issues and solutions 5 years ago and what has changed?

Panel moderator: Bryan Willson, co-Director, Energy Institute at Colorado State University
—  James Bolander, Senior VP, Resource Development, Southwestern Energy
—  David Allen, Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, University of Texas at Austin
—  Mike Ming, GM of GE’s Oil and Gas Tech Center
—  Chris Shapard, Executive Director, Colorado Cleantech Industries Association

3:10-4:30 pm Session 5:   Policy Panel

The need for extractive energy resources are not going away and neither are public concerns about impacts. What role does public policy, particularly regulation of the oil and gas industry, play in addressing actual impact of extraction? And what role does public policy play in providing the industry with its “social license to operate”? What are the appropriate roles at the federal, state and local levels?

Panel moderator: Bill Ritter, former Colorado Governor, now Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
—  Jon Goldin-Dubois, President, Western Resource Advocates
—  Matt Most, VP of Government Relations, Encana
—  Amy Jaffe, Executive Director, Energy & Sustainability, University of CA, Davis
—  Bob Randall, Deputy Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources

4:40-5:00 pm Session 6Day 1 wrap-up

Connecting “the dots” for attendees and summarizing the day. Speakers: Bill Ritter and Bryan Willson.

5:00-6:30 pm Public Reception (held in Grand Ballroom at Grand Hyatt, downtown Denver)

Everyone invited!  A public reception inviting all participants, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and the Colorado research community will be held from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Grand Hyatt in the Grand Ballroom area following the close of Day 1 of the Symposium. Prior to the Symposium, a call for research and project posters related to natural gas will be given to research faculty and students from Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, CU Boulder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory. This reception will be an excellent place for networking between participants. No registration is required.  Appetizers served.  Cash bar.

Day 2: Thursday, Sept 25

8:30-8:40 am –Welcome Remarks

—  Maury Dobbie, Symposium Chair and Assistant Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy at CSU
—  Colorado State University System Chancellor Michael V. Martin
—  Bob Aaserude, Senior Vice President, MWH Global

8:40-9:40 am Session 7Breakfast keynote

Drew Nelson, Senior Manager of Natural Gas, Environmental Defense Fund

9:50-11:05 am Session 8:   How does natural gas fit into the vision of U.S. domestic energy future?

Is natural gas competing with or complimenting renewables? This will be a discussion of end use and will consider whether natural gas and renewable energy can co-exist in a carbon-constrained world. Since many decisions are made by state PUCs, what are the investment signals? How can natural gas help achieve energy diversity with the free market structures? How important is the fuel price in decision making? What is the variability of natural gas cost pricing considering the past and the future? Can natural gas be a massive distributed energy source for generations in the future? How does natural gas fit into the EPA power plant rule? What are the opportunities for natural gas vehicles? What is the achievable rate to ramp up using natural gas? Is it possible to use U.S. renewable energy sources so our country can have more exports from hydrocarbons while bolstering renewables domestically? What about the socialized costs?

Panel moderator: Bryan Willson, co-Director, Energy Institute at Colorado State University
—  Doug Arent, Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
—  Susan Reilly, President, RES Americas
—  Tisha Conoly Schuller, President and CEO, Colorado Oil and Gas Association
—  Robert LaCount, Executive Vice President, M.J. Bradley

11:15am-12:20 pm Session 9   International perspectives: Lions, Dragons and Bears

The abundance and accessibility of North American natural gas is changing the geopolitics of energy. What are the implications for large consuming and producing countries like China, Russia, and India?  How do we unlock gas supplies to support economic development and energy access in developing countries?  What are the implications for the US of deeper gas market integration with the rest of the world?   What can the world learn from the Colorado experience?

Panel moderator: Michael F. Farina, Senior Manager, Strategy and Analytics, GE Oil and Gas
—  Pete Stark, Senior Research Director and Advisor, IHS
—  David Sandalow, former Under Secretary of Energy, now Inaugural Fellow at Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University
—  Christopher Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Department of Energy
—  Andrew Ware, Director of Strategic Projects, Cheniere Energy

1:15-2:15 pm Session 10: Clearing the Air—A Discussion about environmental and occupational health

This session will feature a panel discussion on the state of the science surrounding environmental, occupational, and public health in the natural gas sector. Experts from academia, industry, and government will share their opinions on the current body of knowledge surrounding these issues in the oil and gas sector. What research is going on now and where are the gaps in the data and studies? What are the short and long-term concerns (and benefits) associated with increased natural gas production in Colorado? How and where do we need to focus our research efforts in order to ensure safe development of oil and gas resources for the health and welfare of the public, the oil and gas workforce, and the environment? What sort of infrastructure is needed to gather the necessary data on potential health and environmental impacts? What are the appropriate roles for academia, industry, and government in leading research, education, and outreach in this area?  How can current research efforts in Colorado help other states develop best practices that benefit public and environmental health? What are the opportunities, pitfalls, and challenges surrounding multi-disciplinary research in this domain?

Panel moderator: John Volckens, Associate Professor, Director of Center for Energy Development and Health, Colorado State University
—  Mike Van Dyke, Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology, Occupational Health, and Toxicology Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
—  Eric J. Esswein, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety adn Health (NIOSH)
— Jeffrey M. Citrone, Manager of Health and Safety, Bill Barrett Corporation

2:25-3:35 pm Session 11:   Black Swans and Disruptive Innovations of the Future

This panel addresses game changers. What emerging technologies might impact the industry and how could they change the conversation? Could new disruptive technologies expand economic value and/or reduce social or environmental impacts? What could be the cultural changes in the country, and how might they impact the industry?

Panel moderator: Morgan DeFoort, Managing Director Energy Institute at Colorado State University
—  James Newcomb, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
—  Dag Nummedal, Director, Colorado Energy Research Institute, Colorado School of Mines
—  Paul Nelson, President, Ward Alternative Energy & Managing Partner, Saoradh Energy Partner
—  Ed Schneider, VP Diligence and Business Intelligence, Energy Insights a McKinsey Solution

3:45-4:30 pm Session 12:   Symposium wrap-up

Speakers will tie the Symposium discussion from the previous two days together and “connect the dots” for participants. The end of the Symposium will include the reaction of the white paper presented on Day 1 and what we learned in the course of two days. CSU will offer a week-long comment period after the Symposium, CSU will then publish a final document one month following the 2014 Natural Gas Symposium.

Panel moderator: Bill Ritter, former Colorado Governor, now Director for Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
—  Bryan Willson, co-director Energy Institute at Colorado State University
—  Ken Carlson, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability
—  Michael F. Farina, Senior Manager, Strategy and Analytics, GE Oil & Gas
—  Curtis Rueter, Manager LNG/CNG Development in the U.S. Onshore Operations, Noble Energy

4:30 pm Symposium adjourns