Sunday, July 17, 2011

Seldom Seen Experts Speak in WNY July 13
Including NYS Geologist Taury Smith

[Original post July 12, 2011.  Checking for it a number of different ways afterwards, I find that this conference was not covered, referenced, or even mentioned in passing by any media outlet, blog, or web site anywhere.  (Though, of course, there's always still time.)  This could very well be because IOGA of NY orchestrated its event as an industry-only affair.  But — as we have already seen in PA — I don't think that's going to work in the long run for shale gas in NY.]

Here is some little-noticed scheduling from the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA of NY), which has its 2011 Summer Meeting set for this Wednesday and Thursday upcoming, July 13 and 14, at a conference center in Findley Lake, west of Buffalo, NY.

The day-long technical program on July 13 features a number of New York-based experts on oil and gas geology, regulation, and enterprise — notably including NYS Geologist Taury Smith, whose strained public profile I've previously covered here, as well as the very-low-profile DEC Minerals Division Chief, Brad Field.

With the exception of John Holko, who is an officer with IOGA of NY, and Scott Cline, who has written a number of excellent op-eds, very few of these folks have appeared in mainstream media with any degree of regularity over the last three-plus years of non-stop coverage of the shale gas issue.  To me, the number of times the same handful of anti-drilling activists have been consulted and quoted, over and over again — rather than any of these actual experts — is astounding, remarkable and sad. 

I don't expect many reporters to suddenly turn a 180, and to take note of this meeting — or to make an effort to attend in order to report the highlights.  But I can't think of a good reason why they shouldn't. 
It's not as though there is any lack of public interest in this information.  But there may be a lack of journalistic interest in covering all the dimensions of this story.

Here are the speakers IOGA of NY's attendees will be hearing from:

John Holko, President, Lenape Resources Inc. — “ORPS: Property Tax Reporting — A Producer’s Perspective,” 8:45-9:00 am.

Brad Field, Director, Division of Minerals, NYS DEC — “NYS DEC Regulatory Update,” 9:00-9:30 am.

James Carr, Partner, Hinman Straub — “The Albany Perspective
NYS Legislative Update,” 9:30-10:00 am.

Adam Schultz, Attorney, Gilberti, Stinziano, Heintz & Smith— “Town Resolutions and the Impact to the Oil & Natural Gas Industry,” 10:00-10:30 am.

Taury Smith, State Geologist, NYS Museum — “New York’s Utica Shale,” 10:45-11:15 am.

Larry Wickstrom, State Geologist, Ohio Division of Geological Survey — “The Utica Shale Play
Will Ohio Be the Focal Point?” 11:15-11:45 am.
Panel — Water Disposal & Treatment Options in New York, 1:15-2:15 pm:

Chuck Kozora, Regional Business Development Manager, Aquatech International Corp. — “Wastewater Treatment Solution for Shale Gas — Mobile Industrial Distillation System.”
Paul Drof, Niagara Falls Water Board “Treatment of Hydrofracking Fluids/Residuals at Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants.”

Larry Shilling, Regional Vice President, Casela Waste
“A Study on the NORM Concentration of Drilling Waste.”
Scott Cline, PhD Petroleum Engineering — “Review of Subsurface Stimulation Fluid Retention Mechanisms and Unlikelihood of Fluid Communication with Shallow Aquifers,” 2:15-2:45 pm.

Rich Nyahay, Geology & Geophysics Manager, Gastem USA — “Historic Evidence Through Records of Water Resource Quality Before the Advent of Drilling,” 2:45-3:15 pm.

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