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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Opening Reception
Get a jump start on your DUG Rockies experience! Pick your badge up early to avoid the lines. Then join us at the Opening Reception for networking and passed hor d'oeuvres with drinks on the exhibit hall floor.
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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hart Energy's Next Gen Happy Hour
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7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Official DUG Rockies Networking Mixer
Join us for the official DUG Rockies after party at The ViewHouse Ballpark following the Opening Reception. Come network with fellow attendees and enjoy complimentary drinks. Must bring attendee badge for entry.  
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7:30 AM
Registration, Breakfast & Networking in the Exhibit Hall
8:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
8:35 AM
Opening Keynote: Bakken Power
Producing more than 128,000 BOE/d from across its portfolio, Whiting Petroleum continues to achieve ever-greater EURs from the Williston Basin at attractive well costs. Here, it describes the use of customized completions to maximize well productivity and capital efficiency.
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Brad Holly, President & CEO, Whiting Petroleum Corp.
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9:00 AM
Rockies Oil Plays: Activity, Results & Costs
These experts discuss how the economics and potential of the Bakken, Niobrara and other Rockies oil plays stack up against each other and against plays in other basins.
Moderator(s):
Nissa Darbonne, Editor-at-Large, Oil and Gas Investor
Speaker(s):
Trisha Curtis, President and Co-Founder, PetroNerds LLC
Stephen Beck, Senior Director, Upstream, Stratas Advisors
9:40 AM
Operator Spotlight: LEANing Into The Bakken
In the U.S. energy-production outlook, the Bakken is a prominent contributor to future growth. Here, Hess describes the renewed interest in the play and its own strategic response to maximize value in this important long-term resource.
Moderator(s):
Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Barry Biggs, Vice President, Onshore, Hess Corporation
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10:00 AM
Networking Break
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10:40 AM
Mid-Morning Keynote: Producing The Wattenberg
PDC Energy grew production 25% in 2017 to some 40 million BOE and added 113 million BOE in proved reserves from the D-J and Delaware basins. Here are its current findings in Wattenberg Field best practices and its upcoming plans.
Moderator(s):
Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Scott Reasoner, Chief Operating Officer, PDC Energy Inc.
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11:00 AM
Operator Panel: Powdered Up In The Powder
Bids are more than $16,000 an acre for a piece of the Powder River Basin's stacked payzones, ranging from Teapot to Tensleep with a whole lot of Niobrara between. These operators describe why the basin is so prolific and is increasingly highly economic.
Moderator(s):
Emily Patsy, Associate Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Matthew Phillips, Vice President, Engineering & Operations, Samson Resources II LLC
Jack Vaughn, Chairman and CEO, Peak Exploration & Production LLC
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11:40 AM
Operator Spotlight: The Bakken's "Bringing It"
North Dakota's oil production has grown to soon exceed the all-time high of 1.23 MMbbl/d that was reached in 2014. Here's how Oasis Petroleum is contributing, including with increased-density drilling, increased-intensity completions and LEAN efficiencies.
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Jay Knaebel, Vice President, Reservoir Engineering, Oasis Petroleum Inc.
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Noon
Networking Luncheon
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1:15 PM
Afternoon Keynote: Rockies Optimization
A longtime explorer and exploiter, HighPoint Resources Corp. is continuing its legacy, now with the D-J Basin, where it produced 2 million BOE in 2017. Throughout the Rockies, it increased reserves 56% with the drillbit. Here are its plans and its findings in best practices in resource development.
Moderator(s):
Paul Hart, Midstream Editor-at-Large, Oil and Gas Investor
Speaker(s):
Scot Woodall, CEO & President, HighPoint Resources Corp.
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1:40 PM
Private-Equity-Backed In The Bakken
Holding more than 200,000 net acres in the Williston Basin, these private operators are contributing to North Dakota's rank as a leading oil producer. Here’s how they are making their leasehold perform.
Moderator(s):
Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Tyler Crabtree, Chief Financial Officer, Bruin E&P Operating LLC
Mark Pearson, President & CEO, Liberty Resources LLC
2:20 PM
Operator Spotlight: Unleashing U.S. Resources
The U.S. is shifting from national policies forged by energy scarcity to the reality of energy abundance and the creation of new programs to capitalize on those resources. With this new political and regulatory reality, as well as increased domestic production levels and improved energy infrastructure, the U.S. will continue to shape the future of world energy markets.
Moderator(s):
Nissa Darbonne, Editor-at-Large, Oil and Gas Investor
Speaker(s):
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Blu Hulsey, Senior Vice President - Government & Regulatory Affairs, Continental Resources Inc.
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2:40 PM
Operator Spotlight: Working The Wattenberg
Growing net sales to more than 66,000 BOE/d in the fourth quarter, Extraction Oil & Gas invested nearly $1 billion in drilling, completion, leasehold and midstream in 2017. Nearly $900 million of this was on D&C. Here’s how it’s producing the D-J Basin’s Wattenberg Field.
Moderator(s):
Paul Hart, Midstream Editor-at-Large, Oil and Gas Investor
Speaker(s):
Eric Jacobsen, Senior Vice President, Operations, Extraction Oil & Gas Inc.
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3:00 PM
Networking Break
3:30 PM
Technical Roundtable: Big Data In The Rockies
Producers and service providers discuss how big data can deliver insights into reservoir behavior and inform successful well completions
Moderator(s):
Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
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Paul Favret, CEO, Resource Energy Partners LLC
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David Gadzhimirzaev, Senior Digital Solutions Manager, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
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David Gonzales, President & Chief Operating Officer, Bison Oil & Gas LLC
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Samuel Rogers, Consulting Business Manager - North America, Schlumberger
4:15 PM
Closing Keynote: A Global/Geopolitical Perspective On Rockies Petroleum Resources
The world's hydrocarbon industry began right here in the U.S. and by U.S. independents, who've lent their expertise to operators and nations around the globe. Quickly, it is the U.S. independent that is once again leading the world-this time in next-era drilling and completion techniques in resources previously uneconomic. Here's how America sits atop the 21st century of energy.
Moderator(s):
Brandy Fidler, Associate Managing Editor, Oil and Gas Investor
Speaker(s):
Tom Petrie, Founder, Petrie Partners
4:40 PM
Conference Adjourns/Exhibit Hall Closes