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OOGA 2016 Winter Meeting Preview

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association will host its Annual Winter Meeting on March 16th – March 18th at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. The event will bring together the membership and top industry leaders from Ohio and across the nation to provide the most current updates regarding the oil and gas industry. Attendees will hear from state and federal elected officials and nationally accredited speakers. Topics will include production, exploration, legal and legislative updates.

As many of you know the annual meeting has grown in size and scope over the last few years and pre-registration for the meeting is recommended. Hotel accommodations are filling up quick, check the website under “Staying in Columbus” to find partnering hotel.

The opening day of the event will include select Association committee meetings. Beginning at noon, exhibitors are able to set up and prepare their spaces for the Winter Meeting. The Ohio Geological Society will hold a special session at 4:00 p.m. Joseph Smith with PDC Energy, will present “Determination of Wellbore Orientation in the Utica Shale of Southeast Ohio.” Afterwards, the OOGA will hold our Explorer Foundation Corporate Member Reception starting at 5:00 p.m. (Please note that this event is by invitation only.)

On the second day of the event, registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Registration to the event includes breakfast which is available from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. The trade show begins at 8:00 a.m. and will run all day, featuring a diverse array of industry products, goods and services. The Thursday business session will kick off at 9:00 a.m. We are developing a must see display of presenters that will keep the audience engaged and informed on all that is happening within the industry. A reception to benefit the OOGA’s PAC will be held at 4:30 p.m. will also be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. followed by the OOGA President’s Reception that begins at 5:30 p.m.  The reception includes complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres for all attendees to join and network with event attendees, speakers and exhibitors.

As in years past some of the topics for the business session will include a legal report, regulatory update, and legislative update. OOGEEP will provide its annual update, as well as a review of industry data with an in-depth look at the 2015 DeBrosse report and a merger and acquisition analysis. Important issues affecting the industry today will include presentations the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the U.S. Energy Information Administration and Ohio EPA on assistance with permitting programs.

The final day of the event includes more of the trade show, breakfast, and the Friday business session that begins at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes with our Membership Luncheon featuring the keynote speaker that begins at noon.

This year we are proud to announce that David Wasserman, U.S. House editor and quantitative election analyst of the non-partisan Cook Political Report, as the Keynote speaker. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races. The New York Times called the Cook Political Report “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.”

In this role, Mr. Wasserman is responsible for handicapping and analyzing U.S. House races. His data-driven forecasting looks at both national and local politics, including the relationship between consumer brand loyalties and voting, and what the future holds for American elections. His commentary on U.S. House races has been cited in numerous outlets including POLITICO, the New York Times, the Washington PostUSA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and RealClearPolitics.

Prior to his service to the Cook Political Report, Wasserman served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2008. He has appeared on NBC Nightly NewsABC World NewsC-SPAN Washington Journal, CNN, and NPR.

For more information on this event, please visit our newly redesigned event website at where you may also register online. Contact the Association for available exhibit and sponsor opprtuinites. We look forward to seeing you there.

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