Lafayette, La

September 17-18, 2019
Two-Day Event


1521 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70503

This FALL Hear Firsthand about the future of the energy industry.

The Southern Energy Conference was a fantastic event! Be sure to join us next year.

2019 Sponsors

The Southern Energy Conference is going to be a packed event providing the information, connections, and credits you and your team need.

Gubernatorial Forum, Tuesday SEPTEMBER 17

Hear about the vision for the Bayou State's oil and gas industry from the candidates for the state's highest office.


Connections that strengthen the industry

Network with experts and leaders from the Department of Energy, the Consumer Energy Alliance, the Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana House of Representatives, Bradley Murchison, the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, the Cook Political Report, the Louisiana Office of the Attorney General, Kuchler Polk, XTO Fieldwood, Cheron, Shell, Cheniere Energy, Lafayette Parish Government, ExxonMobil, the Water Institute of the Gulf, the Army Corps of Engineers, Jones Waler, the Office of Conservation, the OFfice of Coastal Management, the Department of Natural Resources, the Association of Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Liskow and Lewis and more.

EARN CLE CREDITS: wednesday, september 18

CLE Credits

CLE Credits will be granted for the following presentations: Update on Louisiana Shale Plays, Cultural Diversity in the Oil & Gas Industry, 2019 Election Update and Overview, Energy Regulations and Changes on the Federal Level, Supreme Court Justice Candidate Forum, The Political Landscape for Election in Louisiana and the United States, Legal Up in Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico Panel, LNG Expansion in Louisiana, and Sensible Energy Policies Nationwide.


Working with federal, state, and local political divisions including levee districts, the CPRA is working to establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, the nation's critical energy infrastructure, and bountiful natural resources for generations to come.


Greg Grandy


The Southern Energy Conference is going to be a packed event providing the information, connections, and credits you and your team need.

Tuesday SEPTEMBER 17

7:15 am

45 minutes

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am

15 minutes

Conference Kick-Off

Welcome to the inaugural Southern Energy Conference!

Gloria Moncada

Manager, ExxonMobil & Chairman, LMOGA

Joel Robideaux

President, Lafayette Parish Government

8:15 am

30 minutes

Update on Louisiana Shale Plays

Nicole Baird

Development & Production Manager, Equinor

Bob Manthei

Regulatory Affairs Manager, XTO

8:45 am

45 minutes

Diversity in Energy

Louisiana's oil and natural gas industry needs a diverse workforce to ensure collective success. Hear from state and industry leaders on how we can work together to attract diverse individuals to help meet future workforce demands and ensure an innovative, sustainable industry in Louisiana.

Lori Davis

President and CEO, Rig-Chem LLC

Rep. Edmond Jordan

Representative, House District 29, Baton Rouge

Mandi Mitchell

Assistant Secretary , Louisiana Economic Development

9:30 am

60 Minutes

2019 Elections Overview and Update

We are at a critical point in the election cycle. The winning legislative, local, and gubernatorial candidates will decide the fate and future of our state and our oil and gas industry.

Gifford Briggs

President, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

Tyler Gray

President and General Counsel, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association

10:30 am

30 minutes

Energy Regulation and Changes on the Federal Level

Shawn Bennett currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas. He administers oil and gas programs, including research and development, analysis, and natural gas regulation. Mr. Bennett has more than a decade of experience in public affairs and government relations in the coal and the oil and gas industries. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), a non-profit trade association that is dedicated to representing Ohio oil and gas producers. The organization represents over 2,000 members in all aspects of the exploration, production, and development of crude oil and natural gas resources in Ohio. His role at OOGA included overseeing all federal and state legislative and regulatory activities in Columbus, OH and Washington D.C. Prior to joining OOGA, Mr. Bennett was the Director of Strategic Communications for FTI Consulting from 2011 to 2014. He worked with business leaders, elected officials, and residents in eastern Ohio and Pennsylvania regarding the safety and economic benefits of oil and gas exploration. From 2005 to 2011, he was the Government Affairs Manager for the Ohio Coal Association.

Shawn Bennett

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas, Department of Energy

11:00 am

45 minutes

Supreme Court Candidate Presentations

Judge William J. Crain

Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal

Judge Scott Schlegel

24th Judicial District Court, Jefferson Parish

11:45 am

60 minutes

The Political Landscape for Elections in Louisiana and the United States

The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governors and President.

David Wasserman

U.S. House Editor, Cook Political Report

1:15 pm

30 minutes

Legal Update in Louisiana

Jeff Landry

Louisiana Attorney General

1:45 pm

60 minutes

The Future Outlook on the Gulf of Mexico          

Kevin Bruce

Director, Government & Public Affairs, Fieldwood Energy LLC

Lori LeBlanc

Owner, Lori LeBlanc, LLC

Kevin Simpson

Offshore Lead, Regulatory Policy and Advocacy, Shell

Jacob Roche

Director, Government Affairs, Murphy Oil Corporation

2:45 pm

30 minutes

The LNG Expansion in Louisiana

Julie Nelson

VP Governmental Affairs, Cheniere Energy

3:15 pm

45 minutes

Practical Energy Policies Nationwide

Hear from the president of the Consumer Energy Alliance

David Holt

President and CEO, Consumer Energy Alliance

5:00 pm

60 minutes

Cocktail Reception

Network with industry leaders while enjoying a relaxing cocktail before the Gubernatorial Forum.

6:30 pm

Gubernatorial Forum Dinner

Dine while you listen to the candidates for the state's highest office share their vision for Louisiana's oil and gas industry

Congressman Ralph Abraham

Gubernatorial Candidate

Omar Dantzler

Gubernatorial Candidate

Eddie Rispone

Gubernatorial Candidate

wednesday SEPTEMBER 18

Melissa Landry | Energy Consultant

Melissa Landry is a veteran strategist at FTI Consulting, serving as part of the company’s Energy & Natural Resources industry practice. For over 15 years, Melissa has provided strategic counsel to public policy makers and leaders across the not-for-profit and private sectors on matters relating to energy, the environment, and legal and regulatory reform. Prior to joining FTI, Melissa served as executive director of the state’s leading legal watchdog organization, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch. Under Melissa’s leadership, LLAW played a key role in supporting the passage of major reforms, including legislation to curb abusive lawsuits targeting the oil and natural gas industry and legislation to curb the abusive use of contingency fee contracts to retain private lawyers working on public litigation. During Melissa's tenure, LLAW also conducted multiple in- dept investigations to expose elected officials, judges and trial lawyers who abused the civil justice system. Melissa also previously held several high-profile positions in state government, including her work with elected officials on both sides of the aisle to secure billions of dollars from Congress to rebuild Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Before entering state government, she worked in the private sector managing political campaigns and executing successful public relations strategies for trade associations and not-for-profit organizations. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University and is a distinguished graduate of George Washington University’s Semester in Washington program. Melissa is Past President of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, a member of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana and the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Federalist Society, and she actively volunteers in the community through her work with the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Melissa and her husband, Brian, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Adelaide. Together they attend Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, LA.

Melissa Landry

8:00 am

60 minutes

Breakfast Presentation: Refining 101

Susan Grissom

Chief Industry Analyst, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

9:00 am

15 minutes

Networking & Exhibitor Break

9:15 am

2 hours

DEQ Permits

The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality is to provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare while considering sound policies that are consistent with statutory mandates.

Bryan Johnston

Air Division Administrator, DEQ

Jillian Gautreaux

Water - Environmental Scientist, DEQ

45 minutes

OOC District Discussion

Jackie Devall

Shreveport District Manager

Patrick Molbert

Lafayette District Manager

Jim York

Monroe District Manager

90 minutes

Army Corps of Engineers

Durand Elzey

Assistant Deputy District Engineer for Programs & Project Management, New Orleans District, ACOE

Mark Wingate

Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management, New Orleans District, ACOE

45 minutes

Severance Tax & Other Tax Issues Affecting the Oil & Gas Industry

Bob Angelico

Firm President and Managing Partner, Liskow & Lewis

10:00 am

45 minutes

DNR: Maneuvering in SONRIS: GIS & Maps

Kevin Masden

Department of Natural Resources Information Technology Department

Carrie Wiebelt

Permits Section Manager, Office of Conservation

45 minutes

The Louisiana Tax Commission: An Overview of the Mechanics of a Tax Appeal

Jay Adams

Partner, Tax Practice Group, Jones Walker

10:15 am

DEQ Surveillance

Join is for a DEQ Panel Discussion on surveillance

Brian Fontenot

Air Environmental Scientist Senior, DEQ

Jimbo Earles

Waste Environmental Supervisor, DEQ

Shane Miller

Water Environmental Scientist Senior, DEQ

10:45 am

30 minutes

Public Affairs and Tax Policy Issues

Jason Decuir

Principal, Ryan LLC

30 minutes

Online Well Tests & Reports

Carrie Wiebelt

Permits Section Manager, Office of Conservation

30 minutes

SR 99 Update

Charlie Marshall

Milling Law

11:15 am

15 minutes

Networking & Exhibitor Break

11:30 am

1.5 hours

Luncheon Presentation

Justin Ehrenwerth

The Water Institute of the Gulf

1:00 pm

15 minutes


1:15 pm

2 hours

DEQ Panel Discussion: The Enforcement Process

The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality is to provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare while considering sound policies that are consistent with statutory mandates.

Antoinette Cobb

Air: Environmental Scientist Staff, DEQ

Wayne Slater

Water: Environmental Scientist Senior, DEQ

Craig Easley

Waste: Environmental Scientist Senior, DEQ

30 minutes

New State Lease Form & Royalty Assistance

Jamie Manuel

Office of Mineral Resources

45 minutes

Coastal Zone Management Act Lawsuits

Nick Wise

Associate, Kuchler Polk Weiner

45 minutes

CPRA: Implementation for coastal protection and restoration programs

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s mandate is to develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration Master Plan.

Greg Grandy


Stuart Brown


1:45 pm

30 minutes

State Leasing & Royalty, Document Review &  Reporting

Beverly Kahl

Land Specialist, Office of Mineral Resources

Taletha Shorter

Audit Manager, Office of Mineral Resources

2:00 pm

30 minutes

Legacy Update

Loulan Pitre

Partner, Kelly Hart Pitre

2:15 pm

30 minutes

OCM: Permitting & Mitigation

Christine Charrier

Coastal Resources Scientist Manager - Permits, Office of Coastal Management

Kelly Templet

Coastal Resources Scientist Manger - Mitigation, Permits, Office of Coastal Management

2:30 pm

30 minutes

Update on Select New OCS Regulations, Rules & Policies

Nadège Assalé

Legal Counsel, Bradley Murchison

2:45 pm

30 minutes

OOC: Groundwater Rules & Water Well Registration‍

Teri Tharp

Environmental Impact Specialist, Office of Conservation

3:00 pm

2 hours

Professional & Ethics CLE

John Funderburk is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller and practices in the litigation and construction groups. He represents clients in energy, commercial, environmental, transportation, and construction litigation in both state and federal courts. John has represented both individuals and corporations in complex environmental litigation, contract disputes, maritime actions, personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, deceptive trade practices claims, and oilfield contamination litigation.

John Funderburk

Partner, Kean Miller

Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
1521 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 70503
Phone: 800-222-8733

Registration is to the benefit of our member companies and those interested in promoting the missions of LMOGA and LOGA. To that end, we reserve the right to refuse admittance/registration to the event. If admittance/registration to the event is declined, you will not be allowed entrance to the event, and your registration payment, if received, will be refunded as soon as practical. Payment is a condition to considering the application and does not constitute acceptance of the application.

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