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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor
Get a jump start on your DUG Eagle Ford experience! Pick your badge up early to avoid the lines. Then join us at the Opening Reception for networking and passed hors d'oeuvres with drinks on the exhibit hall floor.
7:30 AM
Registration & Networking Breakfast on the Exhibit Floor
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8:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speaker(s):
Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor
8:40 AM
Opening Keynote: South Texas Beckons
This veteran operator picked the Eagle Ford and Austin Chalk for his new E&P, making a platform-building $2.66-billion acquisition from EnerVest. Hear why the asset-searchlight zeroed in on South Texas and about its plans going forward.
Moderator(s):
Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor
Speaker(s):
Stephen Chazen, Chairman, President & CEO, Magnolia Oil & Gas Corp.
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9:00 AM
Economics Panel: Is the Core Defined?
The vast expanse of the Eagle Ford play and capital constriction made operators prioritize acreage and pare holdings. Others gained ground where market access and netbacks are strong, especially compared with the Permian Basin. Here’s a review of Eagle Ford metrics today and a look at the transaction market.  
Moderator(s):
Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Robert Urquhart, Director, Global Investment Banking - Energy, Scotiabank
Subash Chandra, Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
Stephen Beck, Senior Director, Upstream, Stratas Advisors
10:00 AM
Networking Break
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10:40 AM
Spotlight: Outperforming the Type Curve
This major Eagle Ford operator remains committed to the play.  Marathon's Eagle Ford activity generated free cash flow in 2017 and it plans a robust program this year.  Follow its progress in boosting EURs, reducing drilling and completion costs, and reaching markets.
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Todd Abbott, Vice President, Resource Plays - South, Marathon Oil
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11:00 AM
Operator Panel: Eagle Ford Gas
Drilling in the liquids window of the Eagle Ford dominates South Texas headlines, yet wells in the gas fairway of the basin have been delivering outstanding results. These producers share their results in this exciting and emerging play as they successfully extend the core of the basin.
Moderator(s):
Jennifer Presley , Executive Editor, E&P
Speaker(s):
John Thaeler, CEO, Vitruvian Exploration
Gleeson Van Riet, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, SilverBow Resources, Inc.
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11:40 AM
Macroeconomics Spotlight: OPEC, Oil Prices & America First
This expert unpacks the geopolitics of today’s world. What are the impacts of recent shifts among the big producers and consumers on the global stage? How do exports reconcile with trade barriers? What commodity prices can Eagle Ford producers anticipate?
Moderator(s):
Emily Patsy, Associate Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
John England, Partner, Oil & Gas, Deloitte & Touche LLP
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Noon
Networking Luncheon
1:15 PM
Afternoon Keynote: Creating Value, Focusing on Returns
ConocoPhillips' oil and gas footprint in the Eagle Ford boasts 3,400 locations on 210,000 net acres. Learn more about its near-term plans to increase production substantially by 2020 and how it's been adding value with new efficiencies.
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Greg Leveille, Chief Technology Officer, ConocoPhillips
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1:35 PM
Special Address: The Energy Port of the Americas?
The Port of Corpus Christi is playing a huge role in the rapidly growing business of exporting crude oil. Here are its expansion plans, including deepening the channel to accommodate the world's largest oil tankers.
Moderator(s):
Paul Hart, Midstream Editor-at-Large, Midstream Business
Speaker(s):
Sean Strawbridge, CEO, Port of Corpus Christi Authority
1:55 PM
Private Operator Roundtable: Chasing Dry Gas
These producers focus on the southern Eagle Ford play where the over-pressured dry gas window makes for some excellent wells and increasing drilling activity. The production is being exported.
Moderator(s):
Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor
Speaker(s):
William E. Deupree, Founding Partner, President & CEO, Escondido Resources
Michael J. Wieland, President & CEO, Laredo Energy VI LP
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2:30 PM
Networking Break
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3:00 PM
Operator Spotlight: Enjoying That LLS-Based Pricing
Under new leadership, this company acquired further Eagle Ford acreage in February and launched its EOR pilot project in the play with the first natural gas injection cycle in April. It has increased drilling and production in the play since last year.
Moderator(s):
Paul Hart, Midstream Editor-at-Large, Midstream Business
Speaker(s):
Russell Parker, President & CEO, EP Energy Corp.
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3:20 PM
Minerals Spotlight: A Blockbuster Deal
Osprey Energy recently announced it will acquire Blackstone Energy Partners’ entire portfolio of mineral interests in the Eagle Ford for roughly $800 million in cash and stock. Osprey recently completed their acquisition and renamed the company Falcon Minerals. Falcon is the first public minerals company with oil-weighted assets concentrated in the core-of-the-core Eagle Ford. Falcon’s CEO Daniel Herz discusses why now and why the Eagle Ford. 
Moderator(s):
Emily Patsy, Associate Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Daniel Herz, CEO & President, Falcon Minerals Corp.
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3:40 PM
Spotlight: Generating Growth in the Eagle Ford
Recent initial well results are robust, production declines are shallowing, and logistics are manageable. And Eagle Ford natural gas could be due for a comeback. What's not to like about South Texas? Here's a look at one company's growth strategy and a broader take on the potential of the entire play.
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Eric McCrady, CEO, Sundance Energy Corp.
4:00 PM
Maritime Spotlight: State of the Ports
The Western Gulf Gateway oversees all the ports, waterways, and intermodal connections and corridors in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. Here’s an update on projects underway along the Gulf Coast and beyond, infrastructure needs and the way ahead.
Moderator(s):
Paul Hart, Midstream Editor-at-Large, Midstream Business
Speaker(s):
Brian Hill, Director, Western Gulf Gateway, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
4:20 PM
Closing Keynote: U.S. Natural Gas & Global Markets
A new era in natural gas is unfolding, as the U.S. is becoming a dominant producer and an important supplier to customers around the world. LNG markets are rapidly evolving from rigid point-to-point delivery models to one with multiple markets and new pricing models. This renowned expert shares his insights on this new order of business.
Moderator(s):
Jennifer Presley , Executive Editor, E&P
Speaker(s):
Tom Petrie, Chairman, Petrie Partners
4:45 PM
Conference Adjourns - Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Official DUG Eagle Ford Networking Mixer
Come network with fellow attendees and enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres at Pat O'Brien's.  Guests must have their DUG Eagle Ford attendee badge to enter. 
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7:30 AM
Networking Breakfast on the Exhibit Hall Floor
8:30 AM
Opening Address: Kris Paronto
On September 11, 2012, terrorists attacked the US State Department compound and a nearby CIA station in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. These men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. Don't miss your exclusive opportunity to hear first-hand what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack. Join us as we kick off the second day of DUG Eagle Ford with a special Opening Address from Benghazi survivor and former Army Ranger Kris Paronto.
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9:10 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speaker(s):
Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy
9:15 AM
Proppants Panel: Sand & Seismic
New regional sand mines promise lower cost proppant to fracture Eagle Ford wells while microseismic offers a look at how proppant behaves downhole.
Moderator(s):
Jennifer Presley , Executive Editor, E&P
Speaker(s):
Peter Duncan, President & CEO, MicroSeismic
Michael O'Neill, Founder & CEO, Preferred Sands
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10:00 AM
Hydraulic Fracturing Roundtable: More Bang for the Buck
Representatives from well stimulation service providers and E&Ps address current trends in the Eagle Ford oil services market in an open roundtable discussion.
Moderator(s):
Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Sean Fitzgerald, Partner, Boomtown Oil
Matthew Wilhoit, Vice President & Global Head, Unconventional Oil & Gas Business, Siemens
10:45 AM
Drilling Automation & Chemicals Spotlight: A Better Toolbox
Improvements to processes via the Internet of Things have made automated decision-making in directional drilling application a reality, while an engineered approach to downhole chemicals has delivered increases productivity and profitability over the life of the well.
Moderator(s):
Jennifer Presley , Executive Editor, E&P
Speaker(s):
Sean Arnold, Senior Vice President, Sales, Ambyint USA
Ken Wunch, Ph.D., Energy Technology Leader, DowDuPont Microbial Control
Bill Chmela, Vice President, Business Development, Motive Drilling Technologies
11:30 AM
Well Construction Roundtable: What Goes Down, Must Come Up
An open roundtable involving service providers and E&P technical teams explores the impacts of recent advancements in well construction and offers a look at future possibilities.
Moderator(s):
Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Rocky Seale, National Product Line Sales Leader, Completions & Wellbore Interventions, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Ashley Fernandes, Sales & Commercial Vice President for Drilling & Measurements, Schlumberger
Steve Rosenberg, Global Business Director - Drilling Engineering, Global Alignment, Weatherford
12:15 PM
Conference Adjourns