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The 11th Annual DUG East: Marcellus & Utica Rising
The superlatives of the Appalachian shales just keep coming: laterals of up to 18,000 feet and flow tests of 60 million cubic feet a day and more are becoming common. These abundant resources are reshaping the U.S. natural gas scene; international users have benefitted as exports have picked up steam. With new infrastructure online now, the true value of great technology applied to great rock will soar.   
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Baseball Themed Opening Reception
Get a jump start on your DUG East 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. Wear your favorite baseball team shirt and hit it out of the ballpark with us!
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7:05 PM
Night Out at the Ballpark
Join us after our Opening Reception at our DUG East Night Out at the Ballpark and watch the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Detroit Tigers.                               *Requires separate registration. Tickets are $30 each and come with a $10 concession stand credit
7:30 AM
Registration Opens & Networking Breakfast
Gear up for a lively day by having breakfast on us. Join fellow attendees to meet new contacts and greet old friends, including exhibitors and speakers.
8:30 AM
Welcome to DUG East
Let’s start with a bird’s-eye view of how far the Marcellus and Utica have come in the past year: the pace of production growth, rig counts and more.
Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy
8:35 AM
Opening Keynote: A Great Buy-In
Looking to build a long-term company in a solid basin with good full-cycle margins, this new E&P chose the Ohio Utica with a $2-billion deal. How does it plan to maximize its 900,000 acres?
Ray Walker, COO, Encino Energy LLC
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9:00 AM
Supply, Meet Demand
Over 10 Bcf/d of new takeaway has come on in the past 18 months from five new pipelines, and 17 new or expanded lines are under construction or planned. So, how many more Bcfs can possibly exit this basin, and when? Is the buildout done, or just taking a break? Two midstream experts weigh in.
Donald R. Raikes, Senior Vice President – Gas Transmission Operations Gas Infrastructure Group, Dominion Energy
Greg Haas, Director, Integrated Oil & Gas, Stratas Advisors
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9:40 AM
Marcellus Panel: Hear Us Roar
In 2018 gas supply rose another 14% in the Keystone State. Learn how these operators are making headway with their own huge Marcellus wells in Pennsylvania.
Nicole Baird, Asset Manager, Equinor ASA
Richard D. Weber, Chairman & CEO, PennEnergy Resources, LLC
10:20 AM
Networking Break
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11:00 AM
Tech Talk Roundtable
Service providers explain how they drill “mile-a-day” wells, keep the bit in the target zone, and deliver on Gen 5 completions. What are the perils, and economics, of 18,000-foot laterals? Should well spacing be rethought?
Speaker TBA, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Des Murphy, Business Development Technology Manager, Halliburton Co.
11:45 AM
Operator Spotlight: Utica
Ascent Resources LLC holds 310,000 net acres in the over-pressured southern part of Ohio’s Utica play, bolstered by a $1.5 billion purchase last year. Now it produces more than 1.8 Bcfe/d from some monster wells. Learn more about how Ascent manages technology, well spacing and commodity prices.
Jeff A. Fisher, CEO, Ascent Resources
12:10 PM
Networking Luncheon
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1:15 PM
Operator Spotlight: Marcellus Powerhouse
This year, Chief Oil & Gas LLC marks 12 years in the Marcellus Shale, and its 25th anniversary as a leading shale-oriented company. How does it navigate in northeast Pennsylvania, a region with tight margins, amazing resources and growing gas demand?
Marcia Simpson, Senior Vice President - Engineering & Operations, Chief Oil & Gas LLC
1:40 PM
Private Operator Spotlight: Pursuing the Best
This company works quietly but effectively in the prolific resource plays of Appalachia.
Robert “Rusty” Hutson, Jr., Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Diversified Gas & Oil PLC
2:00 PM
Special Address: Dynamic Natural Gas
This big-picture expert details how the Marcellus and Utica play out on the world stage, with their rising production meeting rising LNG demand.
Tom Petrie, Chairman, Petrie Partners
2:20 PM
Networking Break
Stretch your legs and visit the exhibit hall for a chance to visit with other delegates.
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3:00 PM
Panel: Money, Money, Money
EIA predicts 2019 will be a record year for gas production, yet E&P companies are grappling with low gas prices. How do investors and private equity sources view this conundrum?  
Charles A. Schliebs, Managing Director, Stone Pier Capital Advisors, LP
3:45 PM
Producers’ Forum: A Fireside Chat With Leaders
From the corner office, listen in as these E&P executives discuss which factors drive their spending and operating decisions.
4:30 PM
Networking Reception
Relax on the exhibit floor, and visit with the key people you came to meet at DUG East. BE SURE TO STICK AROUND: We’re not done yet! Join us tomorrow, June 20, for a half day of further speakers at DUG East.
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Official Networking Mixer
Join fellow attendees for free drinks and food at Howl at the Moon! Open to all DUG East attendees; must have attendee name badge to enter. 
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8:00 AM
Registration Opens & Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM
Welcome Back & Opening Remarks
9:05 AM
Opening Keynote: A Fireside Chat
This CEO discusses the pros and cons, and excitement, of operating in the world’s premier gas basin at a time when global demand for gas is surging.
9:30 AM
Pennsylvania Roundtable
These operators weigh in on where the rich gas and dry gas plays go next as production continues to ramp up.
Tim Dugan, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer , CNX Resources Corporation
10:15 AM
Demand Spotlight
These experts sum it up neatly: Plenty of new demand is asking for Appalachian gas supply.
Jerry James, Co-Founder, Shale Crescent USA; President, Artex Oil Company
Wally Kandel, Co-Founder, Shale Crescent USA; Senior Vice President & Plant Manager, Solvay Specialty Polymers USA
10:35 AM
Closing Keynote
11:00 AM
Conference Adjourns