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Natchez Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Summit to Address Economic, Environmental Impacts

The LSU Center for Energy Studies and the U.S. Oil and Gas Association (USAGO) will host the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Summit, March 31 and April 1, 2014, at the Natchez Convention Center  in Natchez, Miss. The Summit will address the economic impacts of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) Trend on the region, its environmental effects, and the safety concerns regarding oil transportation and storage along the Mississippi River. The goal of the Summit is to inform elected area leaders, the business community, and concerned citizens of the benefits and challenges of this billion-dollar investment.

The industry and economic development professionals who will speak at the Summit represent decades of experience in examining the impacts of shale oil and gas plays in the U.S. The specific TMS trend is unique, but the economic opportunities and other impacts are not. Topics will include job creation, business investments, environmental concerns, transportation, infrastructure, and storage.

• Darryl Grennell, President of the Board of Supervisors, Adams County, Miss.
• Jill Gunnell, Regional Workforce Training Coordinator, Southwest Mississippi Community College
• David E. Dismukes, Associate Executive Director, and Director of Policy Analysis, Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University
• Kirk A. Barrell, Petroleum Geologist
• Max Fenn, Protective Security Advisor, Mississippi Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
• Ben Thompson, USAGO
• Tom King, Mississippi Highway Commissioner, Southern District
• Jay Musgrove, Environmental Geologist
• Brandon Presley, Mississippi Public Service Commissioner

The luncheon on the first day will honor Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board Chairman Carroll Hood, presented by Lisa Ivshin, Executive Director of Mississippi State Oil and Gas. 

Robert Turnham, Jr., COO for Goodrich Petroleum, will be the keynote speaker during a reception for Mississippi/Louisiana state legislators at Dunleith Plantation at 6:30 p.m. on March 31.

On the second day, the lunch guest speaker will be Ted Walden, Environmental Protection Agency, Atlanta.

A full agenda and registration information are available at