More than 20 industry experts will present a wide variety of topics during the two-day conference

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FARMINGTON – The 14th Four Corners Oil and Gas Conference will be held on May 9 and 10 at McGee Park and SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington.

The bi-annual conference brings together industry experts from around the country each year, according to conference coordinator Jan Tomko. The goal of the conference is to bring industry representatives and players together to talk about rules and regulations, to share industry advances and development, and to network.

“This is the only time people in the industry (in San Juan Basin) get to get together to talk about issues and what’s affecting them,” Tomko said on April 17, adding that “it’s a good networking opportunity for people in the industry. It’s the only place they can meet face-to-face.”

There are approximately 240 booths available, and about 1,000 people were registered to attend the conference, though Tomko said there are usually a number of last-minute registrations. The conference is free, but not open to the public — participants must be affiliated with the oil and gas industry to attend.

The event is sponsored by six local industry organizations — American Petroleum Institute, Four Corners’ American Society of Safety Engineers, Desk and Derrick Club of Farmington, Society of Petroleum Engineers of Four Corners, Sandia Mountain National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and the Farmington Chamber of Commerce.

Farmington Chamber of Commerce President Audra Winters said the conference provides a boost to the local economy with attendees from across the region and country spending money at hotels and restaurants during the conference.

It also provides an opportunity to bring business to the Four Corners — Winters said some outside companies have started local branches in and even relocated to the area after attending the conference.

The two-day conference will feature presentations by more than 20 industry experts and representatives on a variety of topics, ranging from economics to equipment and technology to federal and state regulations, according to information from Tomko.

Speakers:

Robert Ballantyne is the director of research and development for Resource West, Inc. in Grand Junction, Colorado. He will discuss his nine-year body of research on effective evaporation as a water reduction solution in a presentation titled “Research on Efficiencies in Mechanically Enhanced Evaporation with Attention to Plume Drift and (Environmental Protection Agency) Regional Haze Rules.” His presentation is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 2.

Robert Brooks is a consulting reservoir engineer for KH & S Energy Ltd of Denver. Brooks will discuss evaluating the Mancos Shale formation for dry gas extraction in a presentation titled “Mancos Dry Gas using the Rosa Unit and Black Hills Laterals.” His presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 2.

Juan Carlos Carratu is a doctorate candidate at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He will discuss his doctoral research in a presentation titled “Experimental Research of Process Zone Stress in Low-Permeability Rock.” His presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 2.

Sean Casaus is an operations manager for Gas Analysis Service in Farmington. He will discuss how business can comply with an Onshore Order 5 from the Bureau of Land Management that establishes minimum standards for the accurate measurement of gas, which went into effect in January. His presentation, titled “Onshore Order 5 and the San Juan Basin,” is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 2.

Daniel Fine is the associate director for the New Mexico Tech’s Center for Energy Policy. He will discuss regional and industry history, politics, and economic and social communities in a presentation titled “The San Juan Basin, Natural Gas, Under Trump and Zinke: World Price, Strategic Advantages Supply and Demand.” His presentation is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 1.

Tom Finch is a Lakewood, Colorado-based community liaison for western region of the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. He will discuss the administration’s initiatives, policies and resources in a presentation titled “Damage Prevention Initiatives: Why PHMSA Cares.” His presentation is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 3.

Maurice Foye is the CEO of HRL Compliance Solutions in Durango. He will discuss how unmanned aerial systems, or drones, are creating a technological edge in a presentation titled “Implementation of Advanced UAS/Drone Technology in the Oil and Gas Industry.” His presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday in Room 3.

Roger Fragua of the Southern Ute Tribe Department of Energy will speak at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 1.

Paul Gessing is the president of the Rio Grande Foundation in Albuquerque. He will discuss what is happening and what might happen in the regional and statewide industry in a presentation titled “Oil and Gas and the Future of the Four Corners and New Mexico Economies.” His presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 3.

Devin Hencemann is a project geologist for LT Environmental, Inc. in Durango. He will discuss his company’s monitoring of natural methane seeps from the Fruitland Formation in a presentation titled “Summarizing Ground-Based and Airborne Methane Monitoring Surveys to Assess Major Emissions Sources in the San Juan Basin (of Southwest Colorado).” His presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 2.

Jesse Hill is the leader of process automation for Turck, Inc. in Minneapolis. He and Josh Owens will give a presentation titled “Hazardous Areas and Explosion Protection” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 3.

Jamey Hilleary is the director of machine-to-machine technology for Elecsys Corp. in Olathe, Kansas. He will give a presentation titled “Monitoring Corrosion Rates in Diverse Applications Using Web Enabled 3D Real-Time Analytics” at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 2.

Andrew Keller is a technical sales executive at Cartasite, Inc. in Denver. He will give a presentation titled “Bringing Transparency to Produced Water” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 3.

Eric Langelund is a project engineer for Piping and Corrosion Specialties, Inc. of Millersville, Maryland. He will discuss the fundamentals of corrosion, corrosion control and cathodic protection in a presentation titled “Sustainability Starts with Cathodic Protection.” His presentation is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday in Room 2.

Andrew Liptak is a production manager for gas detection with United Electric Controls of Watertown, Massachusetts. He will discuss improving health and safety in the heavy industrial process industries in a presentation titled “Expand the Use of Open Wireless Gas Detection Systems for Life Safety and Asset Integrity.” His presentation is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday in Room 3.

Bryan Looper is the vice president of financial services for Devo Capital Management, a Pagosa Springs-based commodity trade advising business. Looper will discuss “how to hedge properly” in a presentation titled “Using Forward Markets to Reduce Commodity Price Risk.” His presentation is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 3.

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Ken McQueen is the cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Minerals and Natural Resources Department. He will discuss trends in oil and gas production and the state’s status in the national industry in a presentation titled “Future Oil and Gas Production and the Potential Impacts to the State’s Economy.” His presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 1.

Terry Nelson is a technical services manager for Waukesha Pearce Industries in Houston. He will discuss controls and instrumentation of separation equipment in a presentation titled “Process Flow and Operation of Separation Equipment.” His presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday in Room 2.

Charlie Poore is the vice president of domestic sales for SAE Inc., an Albuquerque-based company that focuses on cathodic protection, AC mitigation for pipelines and grounding assignments. Poore’s presentation, titled “Green Ground Beds Use of Conductive Concrete as a Backfill in Cathodic Protection Anode Beds,” discusses new technology to improve the lives of deep anode beds. His presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 3.

Brian Pugh is the chief operations officer for production in BP’s Lower 48 division. He will give a presentation regarding BP’s operations in the Lower 48 at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Room 1.

Heather Riley is the division director of the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division in Santa Fe. She will discuss legislative action and rule-change initiatives in the state in a presentation titled “General Status Update and Rule-Making Update for NMOCD.” Her presentation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 1.

Tim Rynott is the owner of Ridge Resources in Durango. He will discuss the Four Corners region’s role in the global industry in a presentation titled “Global Natural Gas Markets: Their Rapid Expansion and the Implications to the Southern Rockies.” His presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 3.

George Sharpe is an investment manager for Merrion Oil and Gas Co. in Farmington. He will present a talk about “environmental extremists” and “their litany of roadblocks,” as well as the current limitations in the renewable energy industry in his lecture titled “Until That Day Comes.” His presentation is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday in Room 1.

David Simpson is a principle engineer and owner of MuleShoe Engineering in Farmington. He will discuss the generally overstated risks of pneumatic testing and generally understated risks of hydrostatic testing in a presentation titled “Comparative Risks of Hydrostatic and Pneumatic Pipeline Testing.” His presentation is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 2.

Michael Sinagra is the director of training for GLT-Tech Services, Inc. He will discuss standard gas dehydration systems in a presentation titled “Basic Operation of a Typical TEG Dehydration System.” His presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday in Room 2.

Dan Steele is a director of sales for Automation-X Corp. in Farmington. He will discuss smarter communication networking for businesses with remote operations in a presentation titled “Considerations for (Machine-to-Machine) Hybrid Wireless Networks.” His presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday in Room 3.

Brian Wilbanks is the senior vice president of acquisitions and divestiture for Hilcorp. He will give a presentation at 11 a.m. on Thursday in Room 1. 

Christi Zeller is the executive director of the La Plata Energy Council in Durango. She will give a presentation at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 1.

Representatives from several federal and state departments, as well as private companies will also present, including:

- New Mexico Oil Conservation Department’s Air Quality Division at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 1

- Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 1. 

- Bureau of Land Management’s Farmington Field Office at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 1.

More information is available at www.fourcornersoilandgas.com. 

Megan Petersen covers business and education for The Daily Times. Reach her at 505-564-4621.

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