Colorado State University presents 2013 Natural Gas Symposium Oct. 15-16

Note to Reporters: Chuck Davidson, Jeff Immelt and Bill Ritter will be available for media interviews immediately following the Executive Roundtable on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 9:45 a.m. Mountain Time. Contact Kate Jeracki to attend.

The third annual Natural Gas Symposium takes place on Oct. 15 and 16 at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road. The Symposium, sponsored by Colorado State University, will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Featured speakers will include Chuck Davidson, CEO of Noble Energy; Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE; John Minge, President and Chairman of BP America; Mark Brownstein of the Environmental Defense Fund; and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

“The purpose of the Symposium is to provide diverse and balanced stakeholder perspectives on emerging unconventional energy markets, with a particular emphasis on the natural gas economy and its impacts in Colorado, United States, and around the globe,” said former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, executive director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. “Our goal is to educate, inform, and discuss complex issues with the goal of finding viable solutions.”

Sponsors for the 2013 Natural Gas Symposium are the Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability, CSU Energy Institute, CSU Ventures, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

In addition to three keynote speakers and the opening Executive Roundtable, eight panel discussions will tackle hard topics facing the industry today, from protecting air and water quality to the role that natural gas plays in developing a clean energy economy.

Panels will be moderated by renowned CSU faculty, including Diana Wall, director of SoGES; Bill Farland, Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President; Mark Paschke, Shell Endowed Chair of Restoration Ecology Forest & Rangeland Stewardship, Warner College of Natural Resources; Bryan Willson, director of the CSU Energy Institute; Ken Carlson, director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability within the Energy Institute; and Ritter.

The event is designed for energy business and industry stakeholders, the environmental community, elected officials, government, municipalities, students, faculty, researchers, and the general public.

The first day’s sessions will focus on risks, uncertainties, benefits and opportunities in the natural gas industry; Wednesday’s focus will be on solutions to those challenges.

To see a complete agenda and to register for the Symposium, go to

For more information, contact Maury Dobbie, Chair, 2013 Natural Gas Symposium,, (970) 491-3788.?