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Tapping the Future of American Oil & Gas


Saturday, Oct. 22, 10-11:30 a.m.


With recent advances in a process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the U.S. may soon be able to boost its energy security while bolstering our economy and creating jobs. Large shale deposits throughout the U.S. are suddenly seeing a flurry of activity that’s being hailed by some for its economic development and criticized by others for environmental concerns. More than 20 percent of U.S. states have proven reserves of oil and gas locked in shale and the economic benefits nationally as well as within each of these states may be tremendous and far-reaching. In this session, experts on all sides of the hydraulic fracturing debate will discuss what its production may mean for your state.





John Felmy
Chief Economist
American Petroleum Institute
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Peter Molinaro
Vice President of Federal and State Government Affairs
Dow Chemical Company
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D. Rick Van Schoik
North American Center for Transborder Studies
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Panelist bio


John Felmy
John Felmy is Chief Economist of API.  His areas of emphasis are the economic, statistical and policy analysis of the Institute.  This includes managing the production of the Institute’s weekly and monthly petroleum statistics.  He has thirty years experience in energy, economic and environmental analysis.  He received Bachelors and Masters in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Maryland.
John is a member of several professional associations including the American Economics Association, the National Association for Business Economics and the International Association for Energy Economics.
Peter Molinaro
Peter Molinaro is vice president of Federal and State Government Affairs for The Dow Chemical Company based in Washington, D.C.  He is responsible for supervision of federal and state government affairs professionals, advocacy management and maintaining relationships with national political and governmental organizations.  He leads the company’s advocacy efforts on U.S. energy and climate change policy.
Prior to joining Dow, Peter was assistant director of Government Affairs for Union Carbide Corporation. 
After beginning his career in local government, he joined Union Carbide in 1981 as manager of Community Affairs and then spent several years as regional manager of Public Affairs, responsible for state government relations in the northeast.  He has just completed 30 years of service to the combined companies.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, member of The Business-Government Relations Council, executive committee member of the  Public Affairs Council and is past chairman of the Federal Government Affairs Committee of the American Chemistry Council.
He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University.
A native of Danbury, Conn., he is married with two daughters and currently resides in Oakton, Va.


D. Rick Van Schoik
Mr. Van Schoik serves as the first director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS).  His three decade-long experience in developing, funding, managing, and interpreting international programs enables NACTS to pursue complex, multidisciplinary, trinational research and policy work.


He was previously the director of the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a SEAL until returning to graduate school at the California State University at San Diego.


He resides on the beach in California.