George W. Bush to Talk Energy in Pittsburgh

Former President George W. Bush is coming to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Nov. 14 to address the oil and natural gas industry during the fifth annual DUG East Conference and Exhibition.

The event generally draws thousands of oil and natural gas officials from all over the world, including representatives of companies such as Chesapeake Energy, Consol Energy, XTO Energy, Chevron, Gulfport Energy, Royal Dutch Shell and others.

Bush is set to speak at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 14.

The 2012 DUG East attracted more than 3,200 attendees and 315 exhibitors to a 45,800 square foot show floor. The event has also drawn anti-fracking protesters to the downtown Pittsburgh streets.

Bush, a former energy executive in Midland, Texas, served as the 43rd president. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975.

In 1994, Bush was elected the 46th governor of Texas. In 2000, he defeated 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 Bush’s presidential papers.

The center also is home to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy organization that focuses on economic growth, education reform, global health and human freedom.

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.

Others set to speak at the two-day conference include:

– Nick DeIuliis, president of Consol Energy,

– Jeffrey Ventura, president and chief executive officer of Range Resources,

– Jim Palm, chief executive officer of Gulfport Energy, and

– Gary Evans, chairman and chief executive officer of Magnum Hunter Resources.