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SHALE INSIGHT Closing Keynote Speaker, Sean Spicer, Former White House Press Secretary

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association are hosting the SHALE INSIGHT conference on September 27 and 28 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, will be the closing keynote speaker at the conference. 

Sean Spicer officially stepped down from his White House post and one of his first public appearances is at SHALE INSIGHT. Spicer will touch on how we are poised to strengthen our nation's geopolitical position, create manufacturing opportunities here at home and jobs for all Americans while continuing to protect our environment. 

Everybody knows Sean Spicer. At least, polls show, they know his name and his trademark style behind the White House podium. But before the former White House Press Secretary made his mark as one of the most recognized staffers in the Trump administration, he built a decades-long career in Republican politics, witnessing and shaping the inner workings of Washington, DC, from every vantage point--as a House of Representatives communicator, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Republican National Committee chief strategist, top advisor to presidential campaigns, and, of course, White House spokesman. Few in Washington are as well-equipped as Sean to pull back the curtain and dissect what’s really happening in the nation’s capital.

Sean is a lifelong Republican operative who worked his way up through the ranks and whom colleagues know as relentless, quick-witted and good-humored. Melissa McCarthy’s depiction of his press briefing performances earned him a spot in Saturday Night Live lore, but it was his role as the architect of the Republican National Committee’s PR strategy that earned him a reputation as one of the party’s most effective and hardest-charging strategists and communicators. He helped the party successfully rebuild following losses in the 2012 election, and he then played a key role in the strategy behind the party’s sweeping 2014 victories, the must-see 2016 primary debates and the party’s improbable wins across the country that November.

Outside of politics, Sean serves as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. A Rhode Island native and Connecticut College graduate, he also holds a master’s degree from the Naval War College. A husband and father of two, he resides in Virginia but remains a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox.

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Ohio Oil and Natural Gas Increase in Quarter 2 of 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Thursday, September 7, 2017

The latest oil and natural gas horizontal production numbers released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management show a modest increase in production from where we left off in March of this year. The quarterly results show that Ohio producers recovered 4,044,072 barrels of oil and 388,560,451 Mcf (388 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, spanning April 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017.


The production results again show a positive sign, as we left 2016 seeing both oil and natural gas production decrease for the first time since ODNR began recording horizontal production numbers. There was a slight production increase of 4% for oil (up from 3,904,732 barrels) and 4% for natural gas (up from 372 billion cubic feet). Yes, we are up from the lowest point thus far, which is reassuring but production is still slowly rebounding.


The largest production increases on a quarterly basis that we have seen in the ODNR’s statistics is oil increasing 26% in the second quarter of 2015 (going from 4,401,687 in first quarter, to 5,578,255 in the second) and natural gas increasing 23% in the fourth quarter of 2015 (going from 245 bcf in the third quarter, to 404 bcf in the fourth quarter). Since both of those quarters, if production was not decreasing—which it did at one point for both products—we have only seen single digit percentage increases.


When looking for an overall trend of a cyclical industry, a quarter-by-quarter comparison over a number of years tends to provide the most accurate representation. We are encouraged to see that oil and natural gas producers are slowly ramping back up. The past two years brought a crippling downturn for the industry and this new sign of life is definitely welcomed by the industry. 

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SHALE INSIGHT Keynote Speaker Announced

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Monday, August 28, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, September 5, 2017



 Keynote Luncheon Speaker

SHALE INSIGHTTM 2017 Announces Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Sara Ortwein
President of XTO Energy, a subsidiary of the ExxonMobil Corporation 

Ms. Ortwein will discuss Maximizing Shale Development through Technology and Innovation, sharing her perspectives on emerging innovations in energy development, infrastructure, and manufacturing in the Appalachian Basin and around the world.

She also will address the current state of the industry, the economic challenges experienced by producers in the Appalachian Basin, and the need for greater policy certainty to encourage long-term capital investments by the oil and gas industry.  

With a career that spans leadership posts in ExxonMobil’s Development Company, Upstream Research Company, and other senior positions prior to being named XTO Energy President in 2016, Ortwein is uniquely positioned to bring insights from one of the world’s largest integrated energy corporations to the conference audience.


                                Join us for SHALE INSIGHTTM 2017
                                        September 27-28 
                      Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center 

As the nation's leading forum on shale development, SHALE INSIGHTTM  2017 will once again bring together influential industry executives, decision makers, environmental experts, and political officials.  Past keynote speakers have included:

  • President of the United States, Donald J. Trump
  • Alex Epstein, New York Times best-selling author
  • Gary R. Heminger, President and CEO, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • Dana Perino, Fox News Co-Host of the Five
  • Rudy Giuliani, Former New York City Mayor
July 1 - Sept. 25

Sept. 26 - 28


$750 $875

Group Rate*
$700 $825

$950 $1,075

Group Rate*
$900 $1,025

* A group consists of four (4) or more attendees from the same company.  To qualify for group rates, all attendees must be registered in one transaction. 

For Academic, Government, and Non-profit rates, click here. 





Please forward this email to your network of associates so they can experience the nation’s foremost gathering of business, technical and policy leaders focused on shale development.



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OOGA Celebrates 70 Summer Meetings in 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Monday, August 21, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The OOGA held its annual Summer Meeting at the Zanesville County Club on August 7-8 with more than 325 attendees. The event opened with a breakfast business session, which provided a legislative review focusing on the State’s recent raids of oil and gas well funds to fix state budget holes.

Once the rain passed on Monday afternoon the sun shined bright for the rest of the event allowing all attendees to enjoy the beautiful venues for golf, shooting and fishing. This year recreational catch and release fishing was added as a new sporting event. Luburgh Inc. hosted the OOGA for fishing at its beautiful private pond, stocked with bass, catfish and bluegill.

In the evening event goers met back at Zanesville Country Club for the annual Oilfield Patriot Award dinner, sponsored by Producers Services Corporation. It was a very special event, as brothers Frank and Doug Gonzalez were presented with the 2017 Oilfield Patriot Award, the first duo to ever receive the award. They were honored for their long-time advocacy on behalf of the industry, which has included working with state legislators and getting involved within the Ohio Oil and Gas Association since the late 1980s. The co-owners of GonzOil based in Canton and have been successful independent oil and gas producers in Ohio for nearly three decades. Following the ceremony, OOGA hosted a new welcome networking reception at Zanesville Country Club that was well attended.

The second day kicked off with golfers participating in a relaxed recreational golf scramble at Zanesville Country Club while another group of golfers participated in competitive stroke play at The Virtues Golf Club (formerly Longaberger). Additionally, shooters met at Briar Rabbit Shooting Spots for the Ken Miller Supply Clay Shoot. Afternoon activities at the Zanesville Country Club included a corn hole competition and putting contest. As the event drew to a close during the Dinner and Awards Presentation Shawn Bennett and Jim Aslanides presented the sporting competitions awards and door prize packages.

The Association would like to thank everyone whose attendance and participation in the 2017 Summer Meeting contributed to its success. Finally, a big thank you to ALL of our sponsors including our premier sponsors: Ergon Oil Purchasing, Inc. and Ergon Trucking, Inc., Antero Resources and American Refining Group, Inc. We look forward to seeing you at our next OOGA event—the Technical Conference and Oilfield Expo, being held on November 1-2, 2017 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge, Ohio.

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OOGA Urges the Senate to Override the Veto on Oil and Gas Leasing Appointments

Posted By Shawn Bennett, Executive Vice President, Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Governor Kasich signed House Bill 133, the State Lands Leasing Bill, into law back in 2011. The Governor did not have to sign the bill into law, he could have waited ten days (excluding Sundays), not signed the bill and it would still have become effective law. Or, at the time, the Governor could have vetoed the bill, which would have killed it. However, Governor Kasich chose to place his signature onto House Bill 133 to make it effective Ohio law. He, in turn, agreed to the bill and all of its tenants of law.

As a part of that bill, appointments to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission were to be made. These appointments were required by law to be done by the end of October, 2011. October came and went and nothing happened. State legislators inquired to both the Governor and other members of the administration as to when to expect these appointments. Again, nothing happened and they were continued to be greeted with silence.

Governor Kasich has failed to perform his duties as required under Ohio law. So, after acting within the proper channels, the state legislature took action, removing the appointment authority from the Governor and providing this authority to the leaders of both the Ohio House and Senate. They did so by including it in the state budget bill. Again, even six years later, nothing prevented Governor Kasich from appointing members to the leasing commission. But the Governor continued to remain silent.

Since this language was included in the state budget bill, Governor Kasich utilized his authority to line-item veto the measure which he clearly has the right to do. However, per Article II, Section 16 of the Ohio Constitution, the Ohio House also had the right to start the process of overriding the Governor’s veto. To do so, a super majority of three-fifths of members are needed to override.

Why should the will of 67 members of the Ohio House and their associated constituents be silenced due to the opinion of one person? Those members utilized their constitutional authority to assert their will and require that these appointments take place. They represent landowners – constituents - whose adjoining properties next to state lands could have been leased and who would have received the associated benefits of mineral production for the past six years. We agree with the Ohio House that six years of inaction is long enough.    

Finally, in a recent opinion piece by Thomas Suddes that ran in the Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he points out that the first version of the Ohio Constitution initially provided the state legislature with the authority to make appointments. As he states, that power was taken away because it was abused. Is this not what is currently happening with this Governor? With no repercussions for the failure to appoint, the Governor has ultimately chosen this path and, in turn, has forced onto the legislature the associated response to override his veto.

For the statutorily required process of state-lands leasing to begin, these appointments are required. Since Governor Kasich has neglected this duty, the Ohio House through their actions has stated enough is enough. The process to start the conversation for utilizing state-owned oil and gas resources for the benefit of the state, adjoining landowners, and its citizens must begin. Ohio law demands it. We urge the Ohio Senate to act to override the Governor’s line item veto.

The OOGA encourages anyone in the industry to call/email Senate President Obhof to override the veto on oil and gas lease appointments!
Click here to learn more

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Call Senate President Obhof to Override the Veto on Oil and Gas Leasing Appointments!

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Monday, August 14, 2017

We need your help on an important industry issue!

Currently, the Ohio Senate is discussing whether or not to take up 11 different veto overrides included in the state budget bill (House Bill 49). One of these veto overrides includes appointments to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, the state body that would oversee state lands leasing.

Governor John Kasich recently vetoed language in the state budget bill that would allow the leaders of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate to appoint these Commission members. The Ohio House of Representatives has already voted to override this veto. Now, we only need the Ohio Senate to vote to override the veto as well and this language becomes state law.

We are asking our members to call or email Senate President Larry Obhof and your local State Senator, and ask them to override the Governor’s veto on appointments to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission! Your Senator needs to hear directly from you as to the importance of making these appointments and beginning the statutory process of leasing state-owned lands for oil and gas development. Below is a sample email/script to help you when you call your State Senators. 

Click here to email Senate President Larry Obhof

Or call Larry Obhof's office at: 614-466-7505

Click here to search for your local State Senator      

Please paste this into the body of your message: 

Override the veto on oil and gas leasing commission appointments! I am writing you today to urge the Ohio Senate to override the Governor’s line item veto of language that would require appointments to be made to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission as written in House Bill 49, the state’s operating budget bill.

The language that was vetoed would allow the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate to finally appoint members to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission. Once appointed, the Commission would have the option to begin the process of potentially leasing state lands for oil and gas development.

The law was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor John Kasich in 2011. Since then, the Governor has not performed his duty as required by the law—which was to appoint members to this Commission by October, 2011.

Now, the Ohio Senate has the final say in implementing these appointments. Without an Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, the state cannot lease its lands for oil and gas exploration and, in turn, cannot achieve the financial and economic benefits of these activities. Ohio landowners are also negatively impacted by this inaction, as property owners with mineral rights are being blocked from development.

Again, I am writing you today because Governor Kasich has not acted upon these appointments, as he was required to do under current Ohio law. Because of his inaction, I must ask you to override the Governor’s veto of these appointments to the Oil and Gas Commission and place the appointing authority in the hands of state’s legislative leaders to start a process that has already been delayed for six years

How Do You Find Your State Senator?

Please follow the following steps to contact your state senator:

1. Get your “zip code-plus 4”. If you do not know your zip code-plus 4, please click here.

2. Go to the Ohio Senate website and insert your zip code-plus 4

3. Click on “email your state senator” when the page loads.

Thank you in advance for your help! 

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OOGA Honors Frank and Doug Gonzalez with the 2017 Oilfield Patriot Award

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Thursday, August 10, 2017

During an August 7 ceremony, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) presented Frank Gonzalez and Doug Gonzalez, co-owners of GonzOil, Inc. with the 2017 Oilfield Patriot Award, sponsored by Producers Service Corporation, an annual honor bestowed by the trade association at its annual Summer Meeting held at Zanesville Country Club.


Established in 2006, the award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to protect, promote and advance the common interests of those engaged in all aspects of Ohio’s crude oil and natural gas industry. The Gonzalez brothers are the first pair to receive the award since its inception. They were honored for their long-time advocacy on behalf of the industry, which has included working with state legislators and devout involvement within the Ohio Oil and Gas Association since the late 1980’s. The two brothers founded GonzOil, based in Canton and have been successful independent oil and gas producers in Ohio for nearly three decades.


“The Oilfield Patriot Award was made for people like Frank and Doug,” said Jim Aslanides, President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. “The legacy that these men leave has brought countless benefits to the Ohio oil and gas industry. Simultaneously, Doug’s involvement throughout the years on the Technical Advisory Council (TAC) helping to establish a practical regulatory structure in Ohio has benefitted everyone in the state’s industry. Frank is a tireless champion for this industry through his involvement with the OOGA, and they are both so deserving of this prestigious award.”


Residents of Canton, GonzOil, Inc. was incorporated in 1988 after they both decided to leave stable careers and go to work for themselves. Doug is a graduate from Kent State University with a degree in geology; Frank is a graduate from Ohio University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. GonzOil drilled its first well in 1989. Their focus has always been to drill high quality wells, since they did not own their own drilling rigs, they never felt the need to drill a lot of wells.


Past Oilfield Patriot Awards include: Tom Stewart (2016), Jerry Olds (2015), William G. Batchelder (2014), William Kinney (2013), Rhonda Reda (2012), Steven L. Grose (2011), David R. Hill (2010), James R. Smail (2009), W. Jonathan Airey (2008), Sarah Tipka (2007) and Jerry James (2006).


A special thank you goes to Producers Service Corporation, who has sponsored this award since its inception in 2006. 

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Join OOGA at the 2017 Summer Meeting Aug 7-8

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The OOGA invites you to join us for the annual Oilfield Patriot Award Dinner on Monday Aug 7! Each year during the Summer Meeting, your Association hosts the Oilfield Patriot Award – an award dinner to honor an industry member who has made outstanding efforts towards the betterment of the Ohio oil and gas industry and our livelihoods. Festivities will include a reception, dinner, award ceremony and a video presentation honoring the recipient. 
*Registration to attend the award dinner is separate from Summer Meeting general admission

Join us at the new OOGA Networking Welcome Reception following the the Oilfield Patriot Award Dinner. OOGA will host an evening networking reception Monday at the Zanesville Country Club for all event attendees!

Recreational catch and release fishing has been added as a new event! 
Fishing will be held on Monday and Tuesday during the Summer Meeting. Luburgh Inc. is hosting the OOGA for fishing at it's beautiful private pond, stocked with bass, catfish and bluegill. Lunch and beverages will be provided and participants need to bring their own equipment (fishing rods, tackle and bait). 


Attend: Pre-register today to save time when checking in at the event! Onsite registration will be available at the event. Golf flights are forming and we have added fishing this year along with our other annual activities of clay shooting and tennis matches. Room reservations are available for purchase at various local hotels. View hotel options by visiting the Staying in Zanesville page and call directly to book your room.


 It's not too late to sponsor a golf hole at the Summer Meeting! Showcase your organization on full color yard sign (24" x 18") customized with your company logo! These signs look great on the golf greens and show your support for the Association

*Golf Hole sponsorship is $125, or spend $200 to have your sign at both golfing venues! 

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Ohio Controlling Board Authorizes $15 million raid on Oil and Gas Well Fund

Posted By Penny Seipel, Vice President of Public Affairs, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On Monday, July 10, 2017, The Ohio Controlling Board did something that shocked the oil and gas industry –they approved a $15,000,000 raid on the Oil and Gas Well Fund. Money in this fund is generated through fees, severance taxes and penalties all paid by the oil and gas industry.

The Controlling Board is made up of six legislators, three from the House and three from the Senate and the Board President who is a representative from the Office of Budget and Management. The Legislators who sit on the panel are supposed to act as a road block to rogue Agency spending requests.

 On July 6, 2017, the Controlling Board members were alerted to the requests that would be considered at their July 10th meeting. One of those requests came from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources who was requesting $15 million be taken from the oil and gas fund so that they could fund a settlement negotiated through a protracted legal battle brought by landowners at Grand Lake St. Marys in Mercer County. The request for $15 million dollars from the oil and gas well fund to pay for something that was completely unrelated to oil and gas regulation or the idle and orphan well program was stunning, considering the Ohio Revised Code clearly stipulates how money collected from the oil and gas industry can be used.

Now, raids on rotary funds are not a new concept in the state. Rotary funds are accounts in various agencies that generally are program specific. There are likely hundreds of these “rotary funds” across state government. Normally, we see raids on these accounts during the biannual budget deliberation process during the legislative session when the budget is tight and there are projected shortfalls in revenue as compared to expenditures – as was the case during the most recent state legislative budget process. Often times, specific movement of funds are delineated in the final budget bill. However that was not the case for the oil and gas well fund. The ODNR slipped language into the bill that would allow the agency to access funds “for the purposes of satisfying judgments, settlements, or administrative awards ordered or approved by the Court of Claims or by any other court of competent jurisdiction in connection with civil actions against the state.” According to testimony by ODNR at the Controlling Board Hearing, the Agency could raid the oil and gas well fund any time there is another legal settlement that needs to be paid out.

Unfortunately, four of the seven members on the panel that day did not stand up for the oil and gas industry. That being said, three members did and we would like to commend them for their actions. State Representatives Jack Cera and Scott Ryan, along with State Senator Charletta Tavares. All of these members formally objected to the request, raised relevant issues questioning the timing of ODNR’s request and the public policy questions of using the oil and gas well fund for unrelated purposes.

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Ohio House Overrides Governor Veto of Oil and Gas Leasing Commission Appointments

Posted By Brian Hickman, Director of Government Affairs, Operations Managing Director, Monday, July 10, 2017

On July 6th, the Ohio House of Representatives overrode a total of 11 line-item vetoes pertaining to House Bill 49, the state budget bill. One of those veto overrides dealt with the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, the state body that was created to review state properties for potential oil and gas leasing. Let’s take a look at current law and what the language included in the state budget bill actually does.

House Bill 133 (sponsored by State Representative John Adams) was passed and enacted by the state legislature in June, 2011. It was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on June 30, 2011 and became effective law on September 30, 2011. The bill created the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, which was charged with overseeing and facilitating the leasing of land owned or controlled by state agencies and universities. These properties were classified into four distinct tiers. However, it is important to note that state nature preserves were excluded from these tiers and, therefore, cannot be leased.

It is also important to point out that the State of Ohio included the following statement of policy when it comes to state-owned oil and natural gas resources (included in Ohio Revised Code Section 1509.71 (A)):

“It is the policy of the state to provide access to and support the exploration for, development of, and production of oil and natural gas resources owned or controlled by the state in an effort to use the state's natural resources responsibly.”

The Commission itself would be chaired by the Chief of the Division of Geological Survey. The other four appointees would come from the oil and gas industry (2 appointees), real estate industry (1), and environmental interests (1). Per Ohio Revised Code Section 1509.71 (C), Governor Kasich had until October 30, 2011 to appoint these four members to the Commission. He has not, and that is where the budget language comes into play.

The language included in House Bill 49 did not delve into any of the policy matters passed during the debate in 2011. The language simply allowed the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives to appoint two members of the commission and the Ohio Senate to appoint two members. That’s it. That is the extent of changes to the state’s oil and gas leasing program in the state budget bill.

Procedurally, once these appointments happen, several other procedural dominoes must fall before the Commission begins its work. Namely, the state must assess and determine which tiers their properties fall under and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) must establish rules for the Commission. So, when other interests claim that the language would “fast-track fracking in state parks and forests”, that’s simply not the case. The language would start the process to hold a rational, thoughtful process where the state could utilize its oil and gas resources in an effort to gain additional state resources, resources that would be beneficial to state parks and forests.

If the Ohio Senate also overrides the Governor’s line-item veto, then these appointments would happen within 30 days of the effective date of this amendment. Doing so would end the almost 6 years of inaction and begin the process in Ohio of discussing the benefits of utilizing state properties for oil and gas exploration.   

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