Kevin Ashby – Uintah Basin Standard
The annual Uintah Basin Energy Summit will feature powerful speakers on topics relating to the oil and gas economy in the Uintah Basin.
The summit, set for Sept. 4 at Western Park in Vernal, will feature Phelim McAleer, director for the documentary “Frack Nation,” as well as Jack Gerard, CEO and president of the American Petroleum Institute, and Rich Walje, president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain Power at PacifiCorp.
The summit is coordinated by Tammie Lucero, Uintah County Economic Development Executive Director. She stated that the summit not only allows this area to give thanks to the industry partners that give so much to the area, it is also a way to disseminate correct information about energy production from energy partners who have operations in this area.
“Our summit is a place to learn and to get educated about what is happening locally, but also to get a perspective on what is happening throughout the United States and globally,” said Lucero. “Including things like the environment, air quality, and impacts to the economy.”
Lucero also stated that the summit will provide a discussion on energy regulations and how they can hurt but also help when properly implemented.
“The summit becomes a celebration recognizing the best place in which to live, work and play,” said Lucero.
The summit has grown from the 200 attendees three years ago to over 700 who attended last year and are expected to return this year. And the summit is building in it’s reputation to provide valuable content and a prominent speakers list. (…)