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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Opening Reception
Get a jump start on your conference 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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7:30 AM
Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speaker(s):
Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy
8:35 AM
Opening Keynote: Appalachia’s Continuing Growth
The senior executive of one of the region's major players provides an overview of its two prolific, world-class natural gas plays—comparing and contrasting supply dynamics and focusing on midstream infrastructure development and opportunities within the region.
Moderator(s):
Iain Eddie, Senior Vice President, USA , SNC - Lavalin
Speaker(s):
Robert G. Phillips, Chairman, President & CEO, Crestwood Equity Partners LP
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9:00 AM
Finance Panel: Is Wall Street Returning To The Energy Sector?
The energy sector has been out of favor with many investors since the commodity price collapse—but that is thankfully changing. How will that impact the midstream?
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Kristina Kazarian, Managing Director of Equity Research for the U.S. Midstream, Credit Suisse
Tara Dziedzic, Senior Director, Capital Markets & Head of Business Development, New York Stock Exchange - USE
Welles Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, E&P Research, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
10:00 AM
Networking Break
Take time to mingle with our outstanding exhibitors and fellow attendees. You never know what sort of opportunities or business intel will spring up!
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10:40 AM
Mid-Morning Keynote: Bridging Growth & Success
EQT has strategically developed its pipeline business over the past decade to position itself as a premier midstream provider in the region. Join us to learn more about the past, present, and future of EQT’s midstream assets in the Appalachian Basin.
Moderator(s):
Joe Markman, Senior Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Jerry Ashcroft, Senior Vice President, EQT Corporation, & President, Midstream; Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, EQT Midstream Partners LP
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11:00 AM
Producer Roundtable: What We Need From The Midstream
Executives with Appalachian E&P firms talk about what they need from the midstream to fully develop their promising Marcellus and Utica acreage. 
Moderator(s):
Peggy Williams, Vice President, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Steven M. Woodward, Senior Vice President - Business Development, Antero Resources Corportation
Chris Akers , President and Chief Operating Officer, Eureka Midstream LLC
Dana Bryant, Senior Vice President, Midstream & Marketing, Eclipse Resources
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11:40 AM
Prices, Projects & Progress Towards The Appalachian Energy Hub
This industry expert will discuss key projects advancing the establishment of a world-class energy hub in the Appalachian area, and how to better monetize the energy resources of the region.
Moderator(s):
Emily Patsy, Associate Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Greg Haas, Director, Integrated Oil & Gas, Stratas Advisors
Noon
Networking Lunch
1:30 PM
Special Address: FERC Plays Catch-Up
Six months without a quorum left the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s docket filled with unfinished business. Is it catching up, and how?
Moderator(s):
Len Vermillion, Group Managing Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Robert F. Powelson, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
1:50 PM
Operator Spotlight: Growing With The Marcellus & Utica
Greylock Energy, supported by $400 million of equity from ArcLight Capital, will focus on its 2,600 miles of gas gathering assets, over 4,400 operated wells, and 713,000 net acres in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Kyle Mork, President & CEO, Greylock Energy
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2:10 PM
Operator Spotlight: New York & More
This operator has established a significant position as a major transmission system, moving natural gas out of the Marcellus and Utica plays to multiple markets. But it’s not resting on its laurels.
Moderator(s):
Joe Markman, Senior Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Jim Scheel, Senior Vice President for Northeast Gathering and Processing, The Williams Companies Inc.
2:30 PM
Special Presentation: America’s New Energy Abundance
Unconventional plays like the Marcellus and Utica have fundamentally changed the worldwide energy industry. A noted energy researcher and author shares insights on how the "shale gale" has changed Appalachia, the U. S., and the world.
Moderator(s):
Peggy Williams, Vice President, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Meghan L. O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs & Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School
2:50 PM
Networking Break
The more visible you are, the more successful you can be! Stretch your leg, visit the exhibit hall and mingle with fellow delegates.
3:20 PM
Mid-Afternoon Keynote: Rover's Running
New pipeline capacity out of the Marcellus and Utica producing regions is helping to restore the balance of supply and demand and give operators better gas prices.
Moderator(s):
Len Vermillion, Group Managing Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Beth A. Hickey, Senior Vice President, Interstate Pipes, Energy Transfer Partners LP
3:45 PM
Operations Spotlight: Whether The Weather?
The weather has an immense impact on natural gas demand and the chain of producers, gatherers, processors, and pipelines that supply customers. An industry-focused meteorologist advises what the energy industry should watch for in daily and long-range forecasts.
Moderator(s):
Emily Patsy, Associate Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Bob Smerbeck, Senior Meteorologist, AccuWeather
4:10 PM
Spotlight: Reaching The Northeast
How—and when—will Appalachian producers finally tap the nearby but unreached markets of New York and New England? Or will they?  
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Erin Petkovich, Director, Northeast Business Development, Enbridge
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4:30 PM
Closing Keynote: Marathon In Appalachia
Marathon Pipe Line operates more than 6,000 miles of underground pipeline in 16 states. These pipelines transport crude oil, and petroleum products to and from terminals, refineries and other pipelines across the nation. This executive will provide an update on its infrastructure assets, and the next step in its Appalachian pipeline projects.
Moderator(s):
Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Tim Aydt, President, Marathon Pipe Line
5:00 PM
Networking Reception
7:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speaker(s):
Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy
9:05 AM
Opening Keynote: LNG & Appalachian Gas
The nation’s second, large-scale LNG export facility is scheduled to go on-stream as 2018 begins, creating a big, new—and very different—demand for Appalachian natural gas. 
Moderator(s):
Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Donald R. Raikes, Senior Vice President – Midstream Operations Gas Infrastructure Group, Dominion Energy
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9:30 AM
Regulatory Spotlight: Now What's Happening In Washington?
The Trump administration has created a whirlwind of regulatory change in the nation’s capital. Here’s a first-person review of what has occurred—and what may transpire in the new year.
Moderator(s):
Len Vermillion, Group Managing Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Matthew Hite, Vice President - Government Affairs, GPA Midstream Association
9:50 AM
Financial Spotlight: Midstream Investing In A Changing Energy World
The midstream developed as a separate energy sector thanks in large part to the emergence of the master limited partnership structure. Will partnerships continue to draw return-hungry investors?
Moderator(s):
Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Maria Halmo, Director of Research, Alerian
10:10 AM
Panel: What About The Liquids?
The industry’s focus on the Marcellus and Utica reservoirs has mainly been about natural gas, but what about the abundant gas liquids flowing from many of the region’s wells? The natural gas liquids market is changing—for the better
Moderator(s):
Joe Markman, Senior Editor, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Macgill James , Vice President - Supply Strategy, UGI Corporation
Amol Wayangankar, Founding Principal, Enkon Energy Advisors
10:50 AM
Spotlight: New Markets, New Destinations            
The U.S. and now Appalachia are using and exporting more natural gas, crude, and NGLs than ever before, and supply volumes are expected to grow significantly in the future.  Where are the new export markets? How much production should we expect and what role will Appalachia play? Where is domestic demand growing (including petrochemical demand)? What does all this mean for midstream opportunities going forward?
Moderator(s):
Peggy Williams, Vice President, Hart Energy
Speaker(s):
Bernadette Johnson, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Drillinginfo Inc.
11:15 AM
Conference Adjourns