Just days after the International Energy Agency released a report stating that shale drilling could help the U.S. surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2020, hundreds of oil and gas industry professionals and businesses merged on Pittsburgh for the 2012 Developing Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition Nov. 13-15. ShaleStuff.com staff was in attendance to network and to learn about new technologies and new products available in the industry.
In addition to aisles of vendors in the exhibition hall at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, there were conference speakers and other opportunities for Q&A.
- Some of the highlighted speakers at the event included:
- Karl Rove, adviser to former President George W. Bush, who spoke about how the results of this year’s elections will impact the drilling industry.
- Jim Palm, chief executive officer of Gulfport Energy, the company now drilling and fracking wells in the Egypt Valley area of Belmont County.
- Trevor Rees-Jones, founder and chairman of Chief Oil and Gas, the company which sold its Marshall County assets to oil giant Chevron last year.
- John B. Walker, president and chief executive officer of EnerVest, a company which has a percentage stake in some local Chesapeake Energy drilling operations.
- Ray Walker, vice president and chief operating officer of Range Resources.
- Michael Krancer, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Some of the highlights of DUG East according to ShaleStuff.com staff:
- At the Vec Technology, LLC booth there was a portable housing unit. This unit was truly good enough to be a home. Vec representatives told us that the units are used on drilling sites. The best part is all it takes to clean a unit is a hose—no feather dusters in this home. For as small as it was, it left a big impression on exhibition goers who couldn’t stop gushing about it. It had bunked single beds, a bathroom, a small kitchen with refrigerator and appliances, a fold-down table for dining, and get this … a flat-screen TV. It was small, but it was mighty. I like to call it a “mini mansion.” Just in cast you’d like to check these “mini mansions” out for yourself, visit http://www.vectechnology.com/applications/portable-housing.cfm
- Cheapeake had a CNG mustang on site at the convention center. The shiny, silver vehicle looked just like a gasoline-powered mustang, but inside the trunk was a hidden gem: the CNG fuel tanks.