Fourth annual Natural Gas Symposium moves to Denver from Colorado State University

An acclaimed conference that brings together representatives from the natural gas industry, academia, government agencies and environmental groups will be held in downtown Denver in two weeks.

The 2014 Natural Gas Symposium, which is hosted by the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, will take place Sept. 24-25 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver – the first time the conference has been held outside of Fort Collins. The proceedings will be streamed live via and at 10 CSU Extension locations for those who cannot attend in person.

This year’s keynote speakers are: Brad Holly, vice president for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, and Drew Nelson, senior manager of natural gas for the Environmental Defense Fund.

CSU experts as well as representatives from industry, government, community and environmental groups will speak and present on an array of topics, including the impact of new technologies, policy and regulatory issues, how natural gas can fit into the vision of U.S. domestic energy future, and the role Russia and China will play in the natural gas sector.

“In its fourth year, the CSU Natural Gas Symposium will again involve stakeholders from all perspectives discussing the future of natural gas production in Colorado, at a time when all the nation is watching our state to determine the right path forward.” said former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, director of CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy and a symposium organizer. “As we’ve done in the past symposiums, we will be live streaming to reach as many people as possible. Natural gas is a big issue for Colorado, the region and the nation.”

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Everyone must register at for one or both days.

CSU launched the symposium in 2011 as a way to provide a diverse range of perspectives on Colorado’s and the nation’s bustling natural gas economy. Keynote speakers often include representatives from industry, regulators and various environmental groups.

Over the past few years, the symposium has become the region’s premier conference on natural gas and related issues.

“Colorado State University has built a reputation for hosting a balanced symposium discussing all sides of the natural gas issue while remaining an ‘honest broker’ of information and education,” Ritter said. “It’s an important role if we are to bring all sides together to find viable solutions to some of these complex issues and one we will continue to embrace in the future.”