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Bush to discuss fracking in visit to Pittsburgh

July 30, 2013
By CASEY JUNKINS - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - President George W. Bush will address oil and natural gas executives during the fifth-annual DUG East conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this fall.

The event generally draws hundreds of oil and gas officials from all over the world, including representatives of companies such as Chesapeake Energy, Consol Energy, XTO Energy, Chevron, EQT Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and many others. The 2012 DUG East attracted more than 3,200 attendees and 315 exhibitors to a 45,800-square-foot show floor. The event also has drawn anti-fracking protesters to the downtown Pittsburgh streets.

Bush, a Republican who served as president from January 2001 to January 2009, received a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University in 1968. He also obtained a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968-74. He began his career as an energy executive in Midland, Texas.

In 1994, Bush was elected the 46th governor of Texas. In 2000, he narrowly defeated then-Vice President Al Gore to become the 43rd president.

After the presidency, Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. The center is home to the Bush Presidential Museum and Library, which houses George W. Bush's presidential papers. The center is also home to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy organization that focuses on economic growth, education reform, global health and human freedom. The institute supports the rights of women with its Women's Initiative and honors those who have served in the U.S. armed forces through its Military Service Initiative.

Bush returns to the DUG conference series by popular demand. In 2011, he addressed more than 2,500 DUG conference attendees in Fort Worth. The Pittsburgh event is set for Nov. 13-15.

Officials expect the DUG conference to provide detailed exploration and drilling activity updates, technology exhibits and peer-to-peer networking for those doing business in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. It focuses on the growth producers, service companies and local economies are experiencing from developing unconventional oil and gas resources.

Though oil and natural gas drilling in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania has created newfound wealth and job opportunities across the region, some remain concerned fracking will lead to water contamination. Air pollution also can occur because of flaring at well sites and compressor stations.

Also, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that burning methane natural gas can be up to 20 times more harmful to the atmosphere than burning coal.

 
 

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