Society of Exploration Geophysicists announces SEG Forum Panelists

Unconventional Gas: Political and Environmental Challenges and Opportunities is topic with panelist Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior (invited).

14 October 2010—Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) will feature an impressive group of panelists who will speak on resolving political and environmental challenges associated with developing unconventional gas. Panelists Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior (invited), Bill Ritter Jr., Governor of the State of Colorado, James T. Hackett, Chairman of the America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and Chairman and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum, with Rutt Bridges acting as the organizer and moderator. Bridges, a former SEG president, is Chairman of Transform Software and Service and a venture capital investor. This meeting will occur at 9 a.m. on Monday, 18 October, in the Colorado Convention Center.

Advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology have radically increased U.S. natural gas reserves estimates. While the opportunity is great, development of these resources will depend on resolving political and environmental challenges. The SEG Forum will address the challenges of developing unconventional gas, and it will also tell the story of Colorado's success in working together with the environmental community, natural gas developers, utilities, and a bipartisan coalition of statewide and legislative elected officials to find practical solutions to develop the state's rich natural gas resources while preserving Colorado's natural environmental resource.

“The Steering Committee was challenged early on to broaden the scope of the meeting to attract professionals from other disciplines in the region. This meeting should hold the interest of a broad range of professionals and guests who come along to enjoy Denver,” stated Nancy House, Annual Meeting Steering Committee chairman.

Members of the press are invited to attend and can obtain an official press delegate registration at the advance registration desk with a copy of this email. Panelists will not be available for interviews. Additional logistical details and other press accommodations to be provided upon registration. SEG Forum fact sheet can be found at /documents/10161/69022/DENV10-OfficialProgram_SEGForum.pdf.

About SEG
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists ( ), the international society of applied geophysics, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of geophysics and the education of applied geophysicists. SEG fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface, and in mitigating Earth hazards. The Society, which has more than 32,000 members in 138 countries, fulfills its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, Web site, and educational opportunities.

About the SEG 80th Annual Meeting and International Exhibition
The SEG International Exposition and Eightieth Annual Meeting ( continues as the most valuable resource to the oil and gas, mining, environmental, and near-surface geophysical industries. To see the technological advancements being made in geophysics, plan to spend a part of every day in the exhibit area. The premier geoscience event in the world offers more opportunities to see, first-hand, new and unique technology for use in exploration and associated industries. This year’s exhibition will feature more than 300 exhibiting companies from around the globe. The exposition will have many companies exhibiting for the first time. Most are start-up companies with the talents to bring new innovations to the industry.

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