June 15th

Welcome Reception

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

June 16th


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Conference Introduction

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Shell’s new multi-billion dollar petrochemical manufacturing facility in Beaver County, Pennsylvania has been permitted and built with environmental and safety at its core. Jim Sewell has been part of the project from its early stages and will discuss the many considerations about environmental innovation that have been part of the plant’s development and will be key to its pivot from construction to operations this year.

Top 10 Issues from Deploying Robotics and Advanced Technologies in Oil and Gas Operations

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

This presentation will identify many of the emerging technologies that are currently being incorporated across the oil and gas industry value chain and the associated legal considerations. Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous devices, robotic functionality, drones and related technologies are key to increasing safety in the workplace and environmental monitoring in the field.

Video Analytics Platform for Automated Monitoring of Oil and Gas Facilities Using AI

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered video analytics to help oil & gas companies to reduce operational/maintenance costs and improve environmental performance.

Adam Wynne, Director Innovation, Accelerator, Azena

Thief Hatch Access Safety System – T.H.A.S.S.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

The T.H.A.S.S. remote tank hatch opening system ensures worker safety by eliminating the worker from a potential hazardous condition when opening the hatch. The gas detection system also notifies workers of when an unsafe condition no longer exists.

Doug Boyce, Senior Advisor, Conspec Controls

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Advances in the Evaluation of Molecular and Isotopic Analyses for Investigations of Stray Gas Migration

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Two distinct processes on Earth produce hydrocarbon gas: microbial and thermogenic degradation of organic matter. Thermogenic gas is formed at deeper depths by: (1) thermal cracking of sedimentary organic matter into hydrocarbon liquids and gas (“primary” thermogenic gas), and (2) thermal cracking of oil at high temperatures into gas (“secondary” thermogenic gas) and pyrobitumen. Both microbial and thermogenic gases occur in groundwater systems in the Appalachian Basin. The occurrence of these gases can be natural or anthropogenically induced. This session will look at the innovations in analyses of molecular and isotopic compositions of gas combined with groundwater geochemistry parameters at the site-specific level provide evidence of gas origin, contemporaneous mixing, and secondary processes such as fractionation.

The Latest Environmental Developments in Testing and Monitoring for Energy Companies

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

This session will summarize recent key legal developments relating to air, waste and water environmental permits, new cleanup standards that affect energy companies, and managing reporting and disclosure with regulatory agencies and the public – all areas that are requiring innovation legal and regulatory solutions.

Lunch and Networking

12:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Trenchless Curved Silt Fence

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

An innovative “curved” design redirects hydrostatic force for at least 380% more tipping stability than a super silt fence.

Beth Powell, President, New Pig Energy

Chameleon Solution

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

A proven process that uses naturally occurring bacteria, fungi, and algae species found in the soil that is then added to the ground to break down hazardous substances, toxic chemicals, pollutants, crude oil, and other substances.

Randall Stremmel, President, PMET

Identifying Rare Plants and Finding Common Ground with Proposed Pipelines

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

This presentation will provide background on how rare plants are identified in the field prior to pipeline development projects using tools such as the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory.  Using a case study, one process for protecting a species will be detailed followed by lessons learned for future development projects.

Emerging Technologies for Pipeline Infrastructure Design and Construction

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Williams has been exploring many different avenues to take advantage of the efficiency, effectiveness, and safety that new technologies bring to the way we work. One of these technologies has proven to be a significant value add for multiple business units across Williams: unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones. In 2016, Williams started and developed an internal UAS program that has now spread across the entire company to support multiple functional groups including engineering, design and drafting, environmental, construction, and operations. This presentation will explore the different opportunities that Williams found effective by implementing drone technology and the sensors that can be used to create value in the oil & gas pipeline segment.

Electric Failsafe Valve Operator

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

A zero emissions electric failsafe valve operator that opens and closes valves in various applications for wells, pipelines, compressor stations, and storage applications.

Matthew Theil, President, AUMA Actuators

Zero-CO2 Hydrogen and Decarbonization of Natural Gas

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

An innovative, electrically-powered process that uses natural gas as a feedstock and delivers two product streams: zero-CO2 hydrogen and a high-value carbon or petrochemical product.

George Skoptsov, CEO, H Quest Vanguard, Inc.

Marcellus Shale Coalition Keynote

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The closing keynote will cover one of the most significant areas of innovation in energy today – hydrogen production from natural gas and the associated carbon management.  The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Terry Bossert will deliver the latest considerations into why hydrogen production is getting so much attention and some of the many innovative and useful ways to sequester carbon.

Closing Remarks

3:15 P.M. – 3:30 p.m.