Join PESA and the Denver Petroleum Club for a policy forum discussing the changing dynamics of oil and gas production in Colorado.
As the fast-growing communities north of Denver have expanded into the Wattenberg field, industry and residents continue to search for common ground on various issues. This panel discussion will feature oil and gas producers and local elected officials discussing the challenges facing the industry as the push to protect the environment meets the demand for energy. Economic impacts for the state and local communities will also be addressed.
Agenda 11:30 a.m. Networking
11:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Moderator: Tim Tarpley, Vice President Government Affairs, PESA
Managing Director, Econ One Research, Inc.
Faculty Global Energy Mgmt Program, Colorado Univ.
-Sen. John Cooke, Senate District 13
-Andy Merritt, State Director, Sen. Cory Gardner
1:00 p.m. Adjourn
Michael Orlando, Managing Dir at Econ One Research/Faculty Global Energy Mgmt Program, Univ of CO Michael is a Managing Director at Econ One Research based in Denver. His practice provides economic and strategic analyses and advising for clients managing commercial, financial, and political risks and expert reports and testimony for judicial and regulatory settings. In addition, he is a lecturer of Global Energy Management at the University of Colorado - Denver where he teaches courses on valuation, capital structure, political risk analysis and strategy, and energy business issues.
Sen. John Cooke, Senate District 13 John Cooke represents Senate District 13 that includes Weld County. After growing up in Arvada, Sen. Cooke pursued a career in law enforcement. First elected as Weld County Sheriff in 2002, Sen. Cooke served for three terms. His law enforcement career ended due to term limits in 2015, and he was sworn in as a State Senator on January 15, 2015. He was reelected overwhelmingly to his second four-year term in 2018. At the Capitol, Senator Cooke is an advocate for law enforcement, victim’s rights, oil and gas production, and the Second Amendment.
Andy Merritt, State Director, Sen. Cory Gardner Andy is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. His twenty plus year career in Congressional work began with U.S. Senator Hank Brown and has included senior staff positions with U.S. Senator Wayne Allard and U.S. Representative Mike Coffman. Taking a break from Congress, Andy joined the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation as the Chief Defense Industry Officer. In 2017, Andy accepted the position of State Director for US Senator Cory Gardner, where he oversees eighteen staff spread across eight offices in Colorado. In this role, he works with a broad variety of organizations and leaders throughout the state.
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