Tue. 10/12
7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at The Nash Family Event & Conference Center at the Pro Football HOF
2121 George Halas Dr NW
Canton, OH
Questions? (330) 456-7253


One of the primary objectives of the Utica Green Conference on Oct. 12 was to present and provide insight on key industry reports. These reports are expected to have significant impact on the oil & gas sector in 2022 and beyond. However, with news that completion of these reports is being delayed until December, we have decided to postpone the conference to Spring 2022 in an effort to provide maximum value to our attendees. More details about The Utica Green Conference  will be forthcoming after the New Year.  


Speakers (to date):

Hardy Murchison - President and CEO, Encino Energy

Hardy Murchison is the co-founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Encino Energy. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Encino is a private onshore US oil and gas acquisition, exploration, and production company.

Encino Energy manages Encino Acquisition Partners (EAP), a multi-billion-dollar acquisition partnership between Encino and Canada Public Pension Investment Board. Formed in 2017, EAP takes a long-term approach to acquiring and developing high-quality assets onshore in the lower 48 United States. EAP targets large properties with well-established production and a large, low-cost development inventory. EAP closed its first acquisition in 2018 with the $2 billion purchase of Chesapeake Energy’s Ohio Utica assets.

Tony Barbera - Co-Owner and CEO, Barbco

Tony Barbera has been with Barbco since the beginning in 1989. He has mastered all aspects of the fabrication of the AMB product lines and related tooling. This includes CNC machining, plasma burning, general machining, fit and weld fabrication, paint, hydraulic and electrical assembly. Barbera has experience with international and domestic sales, as well as leading the Barbco Engineering team.

Tony is involved in the commissioning and consulting on all Barbco manufactured Auger Boring, Guided Auger Boring, Boring Machine Tunnel Attachments, Horizontal Directional Drill, FlexBor, TriBor equipment, as well as with, domestic and international sales and rentals. Tony holds numerous domestic and international patents.  The latest two have been conferred on November 5, 2019 and January 7, 2020.  Four more international and one more domestic inventions are well along in the patenting process.

Tony has professional organization memberships with: North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), National Utility Contractor Association of Ohio (NUCA), Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM) and member of the Microtunneling Short Course and is a speaker for the organization. In addition, he is on the advisory board for the Barbera Education, Research & Training (BERT) Facility at the Trenchless Technology Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Rushton, Louisiana.

Craig Butler - Executive Director/Secretary, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Craig Butler began serving as the Executive Director/Secretary for the MWCD on May 1, 2020. Prior to taking on this new role, Butler was the Executive Director of the Power Siting Board for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. In 2014, Governor John Kasich, appointed Butler as Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a position he held until 2019. Prior to serving as the Director of the EPA, Butler served as the Assistant Policy Director for Energy, Agriculture and the Environment in Governor Kasich’s administration. Prior to his service in the Kasich Administration, Butler served in various positions in the Ohio EPA and is regarded as an innovator and national leader in balancing environmental protection, conservation, public health and economic development issues. Butler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Ohio University.

Bryan Hum - President and Owner, Green Valley Seed

Bryan Hum is the President and Owner of Green Valley Seed.  Bryan started working for Green Valley Seed in 1995.  As an avid outdoorsman as well as being in the green industry, Bryan has studied wildlife habitat and different land management practices and helped the oil and gas industry to be great stewards of the land.

Founded in 1966, Green Valley Seed has grown to become a leading wholesale seed and environmental supplier.  Green Valley Seed sells all products that are necessary for revegetation and erosion control.  Green Valley Seed has supplied products for well pads, compressor stations and pipelines throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan.

Joe Barone - President, Shale Directories

Barone is president of Shale Directories, the “yellow pages for the oil and gas industry” connecting local businesses with oil and gas operators, their employees and families. Barone has attended over 40 oil and gas expos in the last five years and spoke before the Marcellus Shale Commission. He guest hosted “The Marcellus Shale and You” radio show on KDKA News radio, and is currently a regular on the radio show, “All Energy Now.”

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