The Rural Water Association of Utah and the Governor’s Office of Energy will be hosting the 3rd Annual Water & Energy Nexus Forum on October 27th at the Uintah Conference Center in Vernal, Utah.  This year’s agenda will address not only the energy and water uses and impacts in the Uintah Basin area, but in Utah as a whole. If you haven’t attended the Water and Energy Nexus Forum yet, don’t miss this exciting opportunity! Spend the day being enlightened, educated and entertained by speakers like Utah State Senator Kevin Van Tassell, and State Representative Scott Chew. There will be multiple panels with representatives from the water, energy and agricultural industries discussing new technologies affecting energy and agriculture and Utah's water and energy future. Hear John Baza the Director of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining talk about hydraulic fracturing and participate in a discussion on what energy companies are doing to save water.

 


 Agenda:

8:00 am - 8:10 am:
Welcome Scott Chew, State of Utah Representative

8:10 am - 8:30 am:
Remarks -- Travis McLing, Idaho National Lab

8:30 am - 9:00 am:
Morning Keynote Address The importance of Energy & Water Development in the Uintah Basin and how the two connect with saving energy & protecting resources. - Kevin T. Van Tassell, State of Utah Senator

9:00 am - 10:20 am:        Energy Savings Associated with Conservation
-9:00 - 9:20 a.m.       H2Oath, Utah’s Water-Wise Pledge -Faye Rutishauser, Division of Water Resources
-9:20 - 10:00 a.m.     Conservation -Monica Hoyt, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
-10:00 - 10:20 a.m.   Automated Meter Reading Systems -Matt McAllister, Mountainland Supply

 

10:20 am - 10:30 am:
Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am:
PANEL: How Land Management Policies Affect Water Supply- Moderator, John Baza, Director- Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining
This panel of industry experts will discuss ways in which policy impacts the Uintah Basin’s water and energy concerns. As the energy hub of the state, a reliable and clean water supply is crucial to future energy development and economic viability in the Basin and across the state. The panelists will explore the effect of harvesting invasive species, sage grouse regulations, and best practices for producers to use water efficiently.
     Panelists: 
- Uintah Water Conservancy District Gawain Snow
- AEG Coalswitch Russ Taylor
- Integrated Solutions JT Martin
- Division of Wildlife Resources Ben Nadolski

 

11:30 am - 12:00 pm:
Hydraulic Fracturing- Hydraulic fracturing (HF) has been an operational practice for completing and stimulating oil and gas wells in Utah since the earliest days of drilling in the state.  State government regulation of the practice commenced with creation of the Utah Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 1955.  Now, under the oversight of the Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining (OGM), new wells are drilled and completed using HF as a principle method for establishing new well production and improving production from existing wells.  This presentation will provide some historical context, an explanation of the technology currently being utilized, and the regulatory framework used by OGM for monitoring HF and protecting water resources—John Baza, Director, Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm:
Lunch—Vendor Presentations [Spots available]

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm:
Historical Statutes and Case Law -Utah’s energy development is dependent upon water. The energy industry must abide by Utah water rights law in order to enhance Utah’s Economy. This topic will address this year's water law cases and legislation. -Johnathan R. Schutz, Mabey Wright & James PLLC

1:20 pm - 2:50 pm:
PANEL:  Utah’s Water- Energy - Food Opportunities -Moderator, Peter Gessell, Utah Department of Agriculture & Food
As Utah’s population is set to double by 2050, how can resources be used to provide the necessary water, energy, and food for the growing populous? Panelists ranging from a variety of backgrounds will explore innovations in agriculture, infrastructure, and development to explain how these technological breakthroughs and resources all fit together.
     Panelists: 
-Idaho National Lab Travis McLing
-Daggett & Uintah County, Utah State University Extension Boyd Kitchen
-Eden Prime Organics Wesley Cline
-Division of Water Rights Robert Leake

 

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm:
Networking Break  

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm:
Afternoon Keynote Address - Amy Hansen, VP Power Generation Wastewater, Marketing and Regulator with Purestream Services

3:30 pm  - 4:00 pm:
Closing Dessert Social