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Please join us for the 5th Annual Appalachian Regional Conference (ARC 2021) on April 21, 2021 at Bella Sera. 

We are excited to offer this event in person!  Additional precautions and guidelines will be followed to ensure everyone's safety.  To adequately plan and allow for social distancing: the conference will have limited attendance, pre-registration is required, no walk ups will be accepted, and face coverings must be worn while inside the facility.

If unable or uncomfortable to attend in person, registered participants will also gain access to the presentations via download for a limited time post-event.

Continuing Education Units (CDUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be offered to participants, if requested.  Simply email us post-conference detailing which sessions you attended, and a certificate will be provided.



The conference will feature some of our region’s top industry professionals.  More details will be announced as they become available.



More details to come soon!  For now, please refer to each speaker's LinkedIn profile:

ABSTRACT: Bigger Isn’t Always Better - A case study comparing two 2500 hp rich burn engine driven packages vs. one 5000 hp lean burn for a compression station expansion. In an industry where the time to construct a facility is often as important as the financial terms of a midstream contract, decisions are regularly made based on the time and cost of installing critical equipment, as well as the time and risk of emissions permit approval. This case study focuses on National Fuel Gas, who is expanding an existing NW PA midstream compression station, and compared the possibility of installing one lean burn 5000 hp, two lean burn 2500 hp, or two 2500 hp rich burn engine driven compressor packages. Emissions profiles and installed costs of all options will be evaluated.

BIO: Paul has 7 years experience in Engineering & Project Management of Natural Gas Compression & related Facilities. Project Engineer/Manager for natural gas compression and gas processing facilities. Responsible for managing and controlling projects from engineering design through construction. Operations support for natural gas compression and gas processing facilities, for NFG’s Transmission, Midstream and gathering areas. Graduated 2014 BS Mechanical Engineering and 2019 MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Certified Welding Inspector since 2016.

ABSTRACT: Increasing Compression Optimization & Reliability. The natural gas industry is in a state of transition with an increasing emphasis on ESG initiatives to address investor concerns about the long-term viability of this energy sector in the face of climate change concerns. Many midstream companies have responded by setting carbon reduction targets for 2030 and targeting carbon neutrality by 2050. While a major focus of greenhouse gas emission reduction involves using renewables, significant progress can be made through optimization of existing operations through equipment replacement or retrofits. Such activities can provide the added benefit of increasing reliability and reducing operating expenses in addition to providing reduced criteria pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. This presentation will explore the different compression drive technologies available and the how there is not likely a one-size-fits all solution, but rather different optimal choices that depend on site conditions.

BIO: As North America Sales Manager, Ryan specializes in educating customers on the details and benefits of the Waukesha product line, also serving as the point of contact for many key accounts within the organization. Ryan has been with the Waukesha business for 15 years in a variety of technical and commercial roles spanning engine performance, controls, product management, marketing services and new engine sales. Ryan has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Ryan is also active with GPSA, as a board member and vice president.

ABSTRACT: A Low Carbon Future for Natural GasThe KeyState Natural Gas Synthesis and CCUS Project of North Central Pennsylvania will integrate natural gas production, gas synthesis, and carbon capture and storage.  Natural gas has and will continue to lead the way in US energy production.   By thinking outside of the box and utilizing the latest technology, the natural gas sector also has an opportunity to be the leader in US CO2 emission reduction.  An example of this is the adoption of Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS) technology in gas-based power generation and for the production of hydrogen and related products. The natural gas industry must educate themselves and get out front with workable solutions which meet both jobs and environmental objectives.  KeyState is a joint venture with Frontier Natural Resources, Inc. and will maximize its 7,000-acre natural gas asset through a vertically integrated business case, and direct-use of its onsite natural gas supply, as feedstock and power source‚Äč.

BIO: Perry Babb serves as CEO and Chairman of KeyState Natural Gas Synthesis, LLC and leads the development team for a $400,000,000 low-carbon hydrogen, ammonia and urea production facility proposed for Clinton, County Pennsylvania.  Perry is a sociologist by training and problem solver by nature, with 40 years’ experience creating successful corporations and non-profits under eight brands across a dozen countries in six diverse markets, including construction, maintenance, marketing, energy infrastructure, and international humanitarian aid. Perry and his wife of 40 years, Jacqueline Kay, have five children, three daughter/son in laws and five grandchildren.  A resident of State College since 1980, Perry and Jacque reside most of the time on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He is a published author with works translated into 6 languages.

ABSTRACT: Supporting Responsible Natural Resource Management, CO2 Transport Infrastructure, and Economic Development in Pennsylvania. Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) refers to those technologies and business enterprises associated with the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere for beneficial use applications and for permanent disposal in subsurface rocks by way of injection wells.  Geologic formations suitable for use as carbon storage reservoirs are ideally comprised of relatively thick and porous sedimentary rocks that are well-defined in extent, minimally impacted by geological deformation, and overlain by low-permeability caprocks that can serve as reservoir seals.  Pennsylvania has many prospective carbon storage reservoirs in the western and northern portions of the state, and in some places, multiple carbon storage prospects exist at different depths, offering potential stacked storage opportunities.

BIO: Kristin serves as Assistant State Geologist of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey (PAGS) and manages the Survey's Economic Geology Division. Kristin has worked as a petroleum geologist for the PAGS since 2001, and her current research efforts involve unconventional petroleum reservoir and storage reservoir characterization, subsurface stratigraphy and carbon capture utilization and storage. Prior to joining PAGS, Kristin worked as a consulting hydrogeologist in the private sector, managing projects throughout the Appalachian region. Kristin holds a Master of Science degree in Geological Sciences from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology/Environmental Science (double major) from Allegheny College.

ABSTRACT: Smart Use of Geologic Data for Midstream Construction Planning. Steep terrain – common through much of the Marcellus and Utica plays – creates challenges for midstream facility construction.  If terrain is not appropriately assessed and accommodated prior to and during construction, development can be delayed and constructed facilities can risk expensive shutdowns and high-liability incidents.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are critical tools for compiling geologic and geotechnical data and for developing predictive models to assess geohazards.  The facility development team utilizes public domain data – much of it available for free – and complements it with proprietary soil boring information to predict the susceptibility of study areas to landslides and potential impact of other geohazards like karst and underground mine subsidence.  Because of regional climate, vegetation, and geologic characteristics, the Appalachian Basin in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania presents a distinct set of geohazards to midstream gas and oil pipelines and facilities, which should be avoided, minimize exposure to, and mitigation implemented for unavoidable conditions prior to construction.

BIO: Mr. Ernst is Principal Geotechnical Engineer and Appalachian Region Manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc.  A professional engineer, he has been practicing since 1991 in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky, and West Virginia.  He has extensive experience in steep slope geotechnical projects in the mountainous terrain of West Virginia, including the design of cut rock slopes reaching 300 feet in height. He serves as consultant to numerous oil and gas and interstate pipeline companies. A graduate of Purdue University, Mr. Ernst holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and served in United States Navy in Nuclear Propulsion.

ABSTRACT: Typical Packing Vent Designs & Their Operational Issues.  The natural gas industry depends heavily on compressors of all shapes and sizes to move product from the wellhead to processing plants and finally to end user at the burner tip.  The main workhorses increasing gas pressure for transportation are reciprocating compressors or “recips.”  These compressors are fitted with packing on their piston rods which seal the crank end of the cylinder.  This allows the compressor to be more efficient by double acting or compressing gas when going to both top dead center and bottom dead center during the piston stroke inside the cylinder.  This compressor packing has its own set of issues due to lubrication needs and gas venting as it wears.  Methods to deal with the oil and gas exiting compressor packing are typically not at the top of the priority list when designing a compressor station.  Improper design causes increased operation costs due to over lubrication, oil spills, too much gas leakage and potential air permit violations.  Compressor OEMs provider packager guidelines that are frequently not adhered to.  With a little forethought a better design can be implemented which will properly deal with the issues previously mentioned.  The design approached outlined in this presentation will provide an efficiently operated compressor reducing O&M costs and even increasing station throughput!

BIO: David is a native from Fairmont, WV who has worked the past 10 years in the natural gas transmission and midstream industries.  Following graduation from West Virginia University in 2007 with dual Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, David began his career working in manufacturing for PPG Industries.  Looking to be close to home, David secured a position at Dominion Transmission, Inc. in the Compression Services Department beginning his career in the natural transmission gas industry.  During this period a technical knowledge base was developed by modeling, selecting and analyzing reciprocating compressors.  A position change to the Project Management Department helped to build on that comprehension by overseeing a multitude of various small capital projects.  After switching employers, the past 5 plus years have been spent at Crestwood Midstream where various positions from Construction Management, Operations and Technical Support have been held furthering the hands on expertise dealing with compression and their day to day operating issues.




Early Bird Registration — $150/member; $200/non-member ends Midnight March 31

Regular Registration — $175/member; $225/non-member online registration ends Midnight April 16

Sponsors/Exhibitors — Registration ends Midnight April 14

Also, if you have not renewed your membership in 2021, please do so to take advantage of the discount. Annual membership is only $55 - you'll essentially cover the cost with this event alone!

NOTE:  No refunds will be permitted after April 14, 2019.  Please consider transferring your registration to co-workers or customers before requesting a refund.


We are seeking sponsors and exhibitors to help offset the cost of the conference. 

Details can be seen on sponsorship flyer or below:

Gold – $1,500 (8 available)

Recognition as lunch and happy hour sponsor. Includes option for exhibitor table and one (1) entry to the conference. Company logo prominently displayed on promotional materials and conference signage. Recognition during conference. ***Sponsor receive free 2021 ABGPA Midstream Corporate Membership ($500 value)***

Silver – $1,000 (10 available)
Recognition as break sponsor. Includes one (1) entry to the conference. Company logo displayed at conference, in program and on promotional materials. Recognition during conference.

Bronze – $500 (15 available)

Company logo displayed on promotional materials and conference signage.


NOTE FOR EXHIBITORS:  Any large equipment will need to be discussed with the venue and freight handling may be an extra charge through venue. Electric service is included.



April 21st, 2021 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
414 Morganza Rd
Canonsburg, PA 15317
United States
Event Fee(s)
Individual-Regular $225.00

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