Annual energy symposium scheduled for Aug. 1

  • July 10, 2013

The fourth annual Washington County Energy Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe.

The event will be held during the opening round of the 2013 Mylan Classic. The symposium is designed to further educate businesses about the energy industry and how it is driving economic development in Washington County.

Panel discussions will include experts and policymakers from industry, business and government providing insights and analysis into the advancement of the energy industry in Pennsylvania. Scheduled to participate on panels are state Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg; Chris Abruzzo, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Patrick Henderson, Pennsylvania Energy Executive; and Paul Ziemkiewicz, Ph.D., Director, WVU Water Research Institute among others.

From 8 to 8:30 a.m., registration and breakfast will be held, followed by a “State of the Industry” session from 8:30 to 10 a.m. with panelists James Grech, executive vice president/chief commercial officer, Consol Energy; K. Scott Roy, vice president of government affairs, Range Resources; Rod Piatt, president, Horizon Properties; Venkee Sharma, president and chief executive officer, Aquatech; and David P. Ginther, senior vice president, Waddell & Reed/Industry Analyst.

From 10:15 a.m. to noon, topics for the second session will focus on oversight, careers and the future of the industry. Panelists will include Patrick Henderson, Pennsylvania Energy Executive; Chris Abruzzo, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Paul Ziemkiewicz, Ph.D., director, WVU Water Institute; Kevin J. Garber, shareholder, Babst Calland; and Dave Callahan, vice president, government affairs, MarkWest Energy Partners.

A lunch from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. will feature keynote speaker Karen Alderman Harbert, president and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute of 21st Century Energy.

To register, visit the chamber website at


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