2017 Annual Conference


Please review the following agenda carefully. 

This agenda is subject to change until September 8, 2017. Please revisit this page to check for updates.

Sheraton Hotel at Station Square
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 Sunday, Oct 1

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm



1:00 pm - 1:10 pm
Opening Remarks
Hosted by Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment and 2017 IOGCC Vice Chairman Michael Teague

1:10 pm - 1:50 pm
States First Forum 

  • Online Field Oil and Gas Inspector Testing and Certification 
  • The New Look: FracFocus
  • State Oil and Gas Regulatory Exchange (SOGRE) Update
  • Updates to the Induced Seismicity report

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Council of State & Provincial Regulatory Officials

  • State/ Provincial Reports


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Networking Reception


Monday, Oct 2

7:30 am - 4:30 pm





7:30 am - 8:30 am

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

General Session 

Hosted by 2017 IOGCC Vice Chairman and Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague

Featured Speaker: 2017 - 2018 Chairman and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Chairman's Stewardship Awards & Luncheon
Presented by 2017 - 2018 IOGCC Chairman and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Council of State Oil and Gas Attorneys
Chair: Shane Khoury, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission

  • Summary of State Statutes

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Environment and Safety Committee
Chair: Ben Schoffmann, President and CEO, Kakivik Asset Management, LLC

  • Beyond Compliance: Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    Peter Velez, President, Peter Velez Engineering LLC 
  • Southwestern Energy – Fall Brook Restoration Project
    Roy Hartstein, Vice President of Strategic Solutions, Southwestern Energy

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Public Lands Committee
Chair: Patrick Padilla,

Deputy Director, New Mexico Oil & Gas Association

The Enforcement and Compliance Outlook for the Energy SectorDoug Parker, President, Energy and Water Strategies

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Resolutions Committee

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
International Committee
Chair: Dave Hardie, Senior Advisor, Alberta Energy Regulator
Vice Chair: Jennifer Steber, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder & Government Relations, Alberta Energy Regulator

  • Magnetic Ranging – Locating and Intercepting Wellbores
    Bryson Ewanchuk, Technical Advisor and Alan Gosse, Global Operations Leader, Halliburton
  • Maximizing Safety and Reliability Through Self-Regulation: Lessons Learned in the Nuclear Industry 
    Pete Milojevic, President and CEO, Midland Cogeneration Venture

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Public Outreach Committee
Chair: Bethany McCorkle, Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Vice Chair: Ian Wright, Development Manager, National Energy Foundation

  • Energy Awareness Week

  • Thomas B. Murphy, Co-Director, Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Penn State University

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Welcome Reception
River Boat Cruise & Dinner

Tuesday, Oct 3

7:30 am - 11:30 pm       



7:30 am - 8:30 am



8:30 am - 10:00 am

Energy Resources, Research & Technology Committee
Chair: Tom Williams, President, RPSEA
Vice Chair: Scott Dawson, Bureau Chief, New Mexico Oil Conservation Division

State of the Art Drone Inspection – Going Above and Beyond
Brad Tomer, Vice President of Operations, Avitas Systems, A GE Venture

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee
Chair: Ryan Hoffman, Director, Conservation Division, Kansas Corporation Commission
Vice Chair: Eric Vendel, Senior Legal Counsel, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

  • Committee Project Summary: Idle Wells 
    Ryan Hoffman, Committee Chairman
  • Alaska’s efforts to reduce idle well count and improve bonding practices
    Cathy Foerster, Chair and Commissioner, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

10:15 am - 11:30 am
Joint Committee Session: Energy Resources, Research and Technology & Environment and Safety

An effort for applying and transferring safety processes to state regulators and operators

  • SPE’s Contributions to the Upstream Process Safety Dialogue
    Trey Shaffer, Senior Partner, ERM
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Steering Committee
(Invitation only)

 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Business Session & Closing Remarks