NAPE® Business Conference Focuses on “Sustaining the U.S. Oil and Gas Revolution”

  NAPE® Business Conference Focuses on “Sustaining the U.S. Oil and Gas

Renowned leaders from government and industry discuss challenges,
opportunities and key issues for sustaining North America’s new energy

Winter NAPE 2014

Business Wire

FORT WORTH, Texas -- January 17, 2014

NAPE, the world’s largest E&P (upstream) expo, will bring together leading
experts from government and industry to discuss the challenges and successes
of today’s vibrant oil and gas industry at its popular NAPE Business
Conference, presented by IHS, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the George R. Brown
Convention Center. Part of the 21^st annual NAPE Expo, the 2014 Business
Conference theme is “Sustaining the Unconventional Revolution.”

NAPE is the undisputed leader for showcasing prospects, building partnerships
and generating oil and gas deals. The 2014 NAPE Expo is expected to draw close
to 17,000 attendees with nearly 1,000 exhibitors, and has a $16.4 million
annual economic impact to the city of Houston. NAPE is presented by the
American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) in partnership with the
Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the American Association
of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists

North American oil and gas resource plays continue to deliver strong
performance, but the industry is faced with challenges. With an abundance of
natural gas and a glut of sweet, light crude that heavy-crude geared
refineries cannot handle, producers seek outlets to global markets to improve
netbacks, but some policymakers oppose exports because of concerns that
consumer prices would increase. The unconventional revolution has delivered
huge benefits in the form of affordable energy to consumers, jobs, increased
tax revenue and positive GDP; however, headlines focus on fracking concerns
and opponents urge moratoria on drilling. U.S. liquids production increased by
more than 3 MMb/d from 2011 through 2013 — a new record, yet some policymakers
want to penalize this success by increasing taxes on the industry to subsidize
renewable energy and social programs.

The NAPE Business Conference’s opening session will focus on concerns about
the respective roles of public policy and private enterprise. After remarks
from Pete Stark, senior research director and advisor at IHS, the session will
begin with keynote speakers, Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the
Interior, and Luke Keller, vice president of BP America. Following the
session, a panel discussion will consider the impacts of regulations in
balancing the needs of public interests and the desire to increase U.S. energy
supplies and energy security. Panelists include Christi Craddick, Texas
Railroad Commissioner; Matthew Lepore, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas
Conservation Commission; Don McClure, vice president of Government,
Stakeholder Relations and Legal at EnCana Oil & Gas USA; and David Blackmon,
managing director at FTI Consulting.

At lunch, Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy
and Environment Initiative, will present his views on “All of the Above Energy
Strategy — not a Slogan, but a Global Requirement.”

In the afternoon C-suite session, senior industry executives will share their
insights on how they are tuning their portfolios and operations to sustain
growth. The prestigious panel includes Floyd Wilson, chairman of Halcón
Resources;  Tom Petrie, CEO of Petrie Partners; Steve Hinchman, president and
CEO of HighMount Exploration & Production LLC; and Robert Turnham, president
and COO of Goodrich Petroleum.

The NAPE Business Conference concludes with a technology session featuring
George King, distinguished engineering advisor at Apache; Jim Raney, senior
manager of Engineering and Technology at Anadarko; and Andrew Slaughter, vice
president of Upstream Research at IHS.

The NAPE Icebreaker is open to all registrants and immediately follows the
Business Conference.

To Attend NAPE

Attendee and media registration is now open for the 2014 NAPE Expo and NAPE
International. Those interested in attending or participating with an exhibit
hall booth can find information regarding registration at
Members of the news media who would like to attend and cover NAPE are invited
to register online at or onsite.

About NAPE

NAPE, the world’s largest E&P (upstream) expo, brings prospects and producing
properties (from the U.S. and around the world), capital formation, services
and technologies together in one location, creating an environment to
establish strategic alliances for doing business and initiating purchases and
trades. In addition to NAPE held each February, Regional NAPEs are now held
annually in Pittsburgh, Denver and Houston. The internationally recognized
NAPE Expo was created as the North American Prospect Expo in 1993 by AAPL and
now includes IPAA, SEG and AAPG as partners. For more information, please
visit and follow NAPE on Twitter at @NAPE_EXPO.


Megan Ledford, 817-847-7700
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