2012 Energy Summit to be held March 26

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 4:29pm

The 2012 Energy Summit, hosted by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee, is planned for March 26 from noon to 6 p.m.  The event will be held at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive and tickets are available for $25 at www.tylertexas.com/energy.

The purpose of the Summit is to explore the impact of the Energy Industry on the Tyler area economy and to bring policy issues that could impact this industry to the forefront.  The call to originally develop this Summit was a direct outcome of the Industry Growth Initiative - or IGI - adopted by the Tyler community in 2010.

The IGI is a 20 year plan that identifies Tyler’s greatest opportunities to strengthen our economy and secure jobs for our citizens. Ten key building blocks are identified in the plan – including 21st Century Energy. (View the plan at www.TylerIGI.com).

“For generations, the Oil & Gas sector has been a mainstay in the Tyler economy; it has provided us with jobs and stability when other areas of the country have struggled in tough economic times,” said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass.  “However, this legacy industry still has so much more in store for us.  With the development of horizontal drilling and the discovery of the Haynesville Shale, the Oil & Gas sector will play an important role in Tyler’s economic future.”

The program for the Summit begins with lunch at noon followed by the following:

Scott Nauman, Exxon/Mobile
The Outlook for Energy, A View to 2040

Jim Prescott,  TransCanada 
TransCanada - Gulf Coast Project

Flip Whitworth,  Scott, Douglas & McConnico, L.L.P.
How To Use the Texas Force Pooling Law to Resolve Land  and Legal Problems Preventing the Drilling of Wells
Mike Watts, Halliburton

Benefits and Public Policy Issues Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing
Panel Discussion
Energy Policy Q&A

The program will conclude with a reception from 4:30-6 p.m.

“This Summit is a great opportunity for those in the industry to network and share the latest information,” said Ernest LaFlure, chairman of the Energy Committee and vice president and general manager – Tyler Division, EOG Resources.  “It is also a perfect chance for those not as familiar with the oil and gas sector to learn more about why this industry is so important to East Texas.”

Sponsors for the Summit include the following: The City of Tyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Tyler Economic Development Council, EOG Resources, The University of Texas—Tyler, Halliburton, Luminant Academy, Luminant Power, Fair Oil, Ltd., Delek Refining Ltd., Chesapeake Energy, TransCanada - Gulf Coast Project and First Alt. Fuel, Inc. 

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