Fundamentals of Natural Gas Policy Academy

Twenty state legislators from 16 states gathered in Denver, CO on Sept. 25-27, 2014, for the second annual Fundamentals of Natural Gas Policy Academy. The meeting provided a comprehensive overview of the economic and regulatory issues that arise with the exploration, development, and processing of natural gas resources. The program structure allowed for group dialog and extended question and answer sessions with presenters. The two and a half day of programing also included a drill rig site tour and hydraulic fracturing site tour.  

Click here for the agenda. Click here for more information on attendees, and speakers see the links provided below. 


Included below is an outline of the agenda with powerpoint presentations from each speaker.  


Shale Natural Gas 101 (see presentation here)

  • Korby Bracken, Director of Health, Safety & Environment, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Industry Safety Standards (see presentation here)

  • Michael Parker, Principal of Parker Environmental and Consulting, LLC

Natural Gas Transport and Storage (see presentation here

  • Steven Tillman, Director, Government Affairs, Spectra Energy

Natural Gas Infrastructure

  • Kyle Rogers, Vice President, Government Relations, American Gas Association (see presentation here
  • David Weaver, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, AGL Resources Inc. (see presentation here

Impact on Jobs and Manufacturing

  • Melissa Hockstad, Vice President, Petrochemicals, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) (see presentation here)
  • Dave Witte, Senior Vice President, General Manager, IHS Chemical (see presentation here)
  • Jim Telljohann, Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (see presentation here

Natural Gas and Electricity Coordination

  • Marc Spitzer, Partner, Regulatory & Industry Affairs, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
  • Todd Snitchler, Attorney, Energy Practice Group, Regulatory & Government Affairs, McDonald Hopkins, LLC. (see presentation here

Local Ballot Initiatives

  • Bob Randall, Deputy Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources (see presentation here

Roundtable with State Regulators on Natural Gas Issues

  • Commissioner Bill Kenney, Missouri Public Service Commission
  • Commissioner Stan Wise, Georgia Public Service Commission

The Role of State Regulation and Federal Regulatory Interface

  • Jerimiah Rieman, Director of Natural Resource Policy, Wyoming Governor’s Office (see presentation here

A Look at LNG

  • Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, Western Energy Alliance