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Networking, Education Cornerstones of OOGA Event

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 out of Cleveland

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 out of Cleveland were the premier sponsor for the OOGA Oilfield Expo and Technical Conference. The booth featured a host of equipment as well as information on the training and apprenticeship programs the IUOE offers.

The fourth annual Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s Oilfield Expo and Technical Conference confirmed that the oil and gas industry in Ohio is alive and well thanks to the Utica and Marcellus shale plays.

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More than 700 attendees pre-registered for the event and Mike Chadsey, director of public relations for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) expected others to filter through the doors at I-X Center in Cleveland for the two-day event held Dec. 3-4. Considered the premiere event focused solely on the Ohio oil and gas industry, the Oilfield Expo attracted 130 vendors to exhibit and support the event and ranged from print publications, engineering and law firms to caterers, hotels and excavation companies.

One of the largest displays was for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 out of Cleveland. The union once again served as the premier event sponsor showing just how dedicated they are to working with their industry partners. A common theme at the booth was the union’s training and apprenticeship program.

The training and education theme carried over to the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, which advertised a bevy of training opportunities throughout the state as well as the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Foundation annual scholarship program. The scholarship program is open to Ohio residents or  a student attending, or planning to attend, an accredited Ohio college and applications are accepted  Jan. 1 to March 15, 2015. More information is available at oogeep.org.

While vendors were able to network and make new business contacts, they and attendees could also get an update on the industry at the Technical Conference, which kicked-off with opening comments and a legislative update from Shawn Bennett, OOGA’s senior vice president.

Chadsey pointed out that two Dec. 3 sessions garnered the most buzz and were great learning sessions for the legacy oil and gas companies. “Learning to Horizontally Drill a Depleted Clinton Sandstone Reservoir,” led by Greg Mason, exploration and production manager for The Energy Cooperative, focused on lessons learned from both drilling and completion phases as well as ideas for locating prospective drill sites and “Horizontal Drilling in Conventional Reservoirs,” by Mark Lytle, CEO of Buckeye Oil Producing Co., focused on Lytle’s experience drilling three horizontal Berea wells in West Virginia. The presentations were followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

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