Bush to talk energy in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – President George W. Bush is coming to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Nov. 14 to address the oil and natural gas industry during the fifth-annual DUG East Conference and Exhibition.

The event generally draws thousands of oil and natural gas officials from all over the world, including representatives of companies such as Chesapeake Energy, Consol Energy, XTO Energy, Chevron, Gulfport Energy, Royal Dutch Shell and others.

Bush is set to speak at 11:45 a.m.

The 2012 DUG East attracted more than 3,200 attendees and 315 exhibitors to a 45,800-square-foot show floor. The event also has drawn anti-fracking protesters to the downtown Pittsburgh streets.

Bush, a former energy executive in Midland, Texas, served as the 43rd president. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975.

After the presidency, Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. The center is home to the Bush Presidential Museum and Library, which houses George W. Bush’s presidential papers. The center also is home to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy organization that focuses on economic growth, education reform, global health and human freedom. The institute supports the rights of women with its Women’s Initiative and honors those who have served in the U.S. armed forces through its Military Service Initiative.

Officials expect the DUG conference to provide detailed exploration and drilling activity updates, technology exhibits and peer-to-peer networking for those doing business in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. It focuses on the growth producers, service companies and local economies are experiencing from developing unconventional oil and gas resources.

Though oil and natural gas drilling in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania has created newfound wealth and job opportunities across the region, some remain concerned fracking will lead to water contamination. Air pollution also can occur because of flaring at well sites and at compressor stations.

Others set to speak at the two-day conference include:

Nick DeIuliis, president of Consol Energy.

Jeffrey Ventura, president and chief executive officer of Range Resources.

Jim Palm, chief executive officer of Gulfport Energy.

Gary Evans, chairman and chief executive officer of Magnum Hunter Resources.

Rick Simmers, chief of Oil and Gas Resources Management at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.