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Youngstown hosts annual shale and natural gas conference this month

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 3, 2013

The annual Youngstown, Ohio Utica and Natural Gas Conference and Expo (YOUNG) gets started Sept. 11 for preregistered attendees, with the trade show opening 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown.

Here's what the YOUNG web site has to say about this year's event:

"The third annual Youngstown, Ohio Utica and Natural Gas Conference & Expo, or YOUNG — Ohio’s premier B2B Utica Shale forum — will be held in Youngstown Sept. 12 and 13. Building on the growth and high standards of our first two conferences, YOUNG 2013 will be an interactive forum where your company can meet with the industry leaders and businesses that are developing and processing the rich Utica Shale gases and liquids. As the Mahoning Valley is the supply chain hub for both the Utica and Marcellus plays, YOUNG exhibition space is going fast. Be sure to quickly reserve your exhibit space and make reservations to attend."

The agenda, starting Sept. 11:

"YOUNG 2013 will offer countless marketing, networking and learning opportunities for members of the shale and natural gas industries, their supply chains and related industries.

"The conference and expo will kick off Wednesday evening from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Boardman with a casino-themed reception for sponsors, exhibitors and registered conference attendees complete with gaming tables and prizes. This opportunity to meet and mingle with other industry insiders is $40 per attendee and includes complimentary beer and wine, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres.

"The YOUNG 2013 business-to-business trade show floor will open at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Covelli Centre. The day’s main stage speakers will be reflective of the three segments of industry — upstream/exploration and production, midstream and downstream — with CEOs and industry leaders exploring these topics further. The day's main stage speakers include:

Johan PfeifferFMC Technologies
Dave MustineEnergy, Chemicals & Polymers, JobsOhio
Jim BaichIGS Energy CNG Services
M. Judson Wallace, Vallourec Star
Harry Schurr, Consol Energy
Tom StewartOhio Oil and Gas Association
Brent BreonBlue Racer Midstream
Chris ScheveValerus

"An intermission will allow for lunch. The conference will conclude at 5 p.m.

"Immediately following the conference, attendees are invited to continue their networking efforts at the YOUNG After Hours Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center in Youngstown where a $25 registration fee includes beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

"Smaller “Digging Deeper” sessions Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Boardman are open to all registered YOUNG 2013 attendees at a cost of $50. These breakout sessions will explore technologies and developments specific to the shale natural gas industry and allow conference attendees to unpack the information presented on the main stage Thursday. Attendees can also speak to presenters one-on-one in a classroom setting."

For more information, go to the YOUNG web site here.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.