The Ohio Oil and Gas Association hosted its 69th annual Winter Meeting in Columbus on March 16th – March 18th which brought together hundreds of attendees including membership and top industry leaders from Ohio and the nation to provide the most current updates of the state’s oil and gas industry.
The first day was considered a day of “pre-meeting events,” where OOGA’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees convened; continuing to work towards improving the Association. The Ohio Geological Society held its annual meeting that brought in a large crowd to hear Joseph Smith with PDC Energy present on the Determination of Wellbore Orientation in the Utica Shale of Southeast Ohio. Evening receptions followed on day one and two that allowed for attendees to network and the Association to thank attendees for their support.
The next two days held the main events including updates from national authorities, state and federal elected officials, and included production, exploration, legal and legislative insights. The keynote speaker for this year was David Wasserman, U.S. House editor and quantitative election analyst for the non-partisan Cook Political Report, where he is responsible for handicapping and analyzing U.S. House races. Wasserman provided stirring insight on the current presidential primary results, road mapping potential likelihoods of candidate’s winning nominations and charting how winning the White House would be achieved. He provided a humorous approach to understanding how Donald Trump has been able to ride a wave of discontentment with the established Republican Party to become the lead nominee. The information was extremely timely, relevant and looked at the presidential nomination process, impacts on senate races and the potential of a contested republican primary.
While the business session presentations were occurring the other component of the Winter Meeting was simultaneously taking place right outside the presentations in the form of an industry trade show. This year the Association had more than 70 exhibitor booths displaying products, demonstrating new equipment techniques, and representing multifaceted components of the industry. As attendees came and went and transitioned between business sessions, they could engage with exhibitors showcasing the latest in oil and gas technology.
And of course this event would not be possible without our sponsors. Even during trying times for the industry we appreciate the support from each and every one of you.
The Association hopes to see each of you back at next year’s 70th annual Winter Meeting.