Pramod Thakur

President, Murray American Energy

Dr. Pramod Thakur is the Manager of Coal Degas group for Murray Energy Inc. since December, 2013. Prior to that he had been with CONSOL Energy and its erstwhile parent CONOCO Inc. for nearly 40 years but was transferred to Murray Energy with his entire Group following the sale of all gassy mines to Murray energy.

During his long career with CONSOL Energy, he developed many  coal degasification techniques, such as, in-mine horizontal drilling, vertical gob wells and massive hydraulic fracturing of coal seams.

He was also one of the pioneers of the technique to drill horizontal bore holes from surface. Commercial use of these techniques resulted in a large scale production and marketing of coal bed methane in USA and other countries. His work minimized the chances of mine explosions and made the mines much safer. It also cut down the cost of coal production and created a new source of energy that was marketed for additional profit and to defray the cost of degasification.

His other areas of expertize are (a) respirable coal and silica dust control, (b) mine fire management and (c) safe operation of diesel equipment in mines replacing trolley wire haulage. He served for 18 years as a Commissioner of  the WV Diesel Equipment Commission and successfully replaced trolley wire haulage in many coal mines.

Dr. Thakur holds an MA (Mathematics), MS (Mining Engineering) and a Ph.D. (Mining Engineering) from the Penn State University. He has published about 50 technical papers in the areas of his expertize. He has written a book on Mine Ventilation problems and edited as well as co-authored a book on , “ Coal Bed Methane –from Prospect to Pipeline”. He has contributed chapters in several books on Mine Ventilation and Handbooks on Mining Engineering that serve as text books at many universities.  He hold 6 US patents.

Dr. Thakur is the President of the North American Coal Bed Methane Forum since 1993. He is also an adjunct Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at the West Virginia University.

He lives in Morgantown, WV with his wife Meera. They are blessed with two sons: Dr. Gautam Thakur, an interventional Neuro -Radiologist and Dr. Anand Thakur, an Anesthesiologist and a specialist in Pain Management.

Ihor Havryluk

Secretary, (Charter Member),

I. Havryluk & Associates

Mr. Havryluk is a consulting geologist specializing in coalbed methane. He is a graduate of City College of New York and was awarded a Master's Degree in Geology by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He began his professional career as a geologist with Huntley & Huntley, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa., a petroleum engineering-geology consulting firm. Mr. Havryluk then worked as a geologist with U.S. Steel Corp., Marathon Oil Company, and Texas Keystone, Inc. Mr. Havryluk has been involved in coalbed methane since 1980, while employed by U.S Steel's Resource Development Department.

Initial coalbed methane work was in the Warrior Basin of Alabama. Subsequently, he has conducted coalbed methane studies in Northern and Central Appalachian Basins, Warrior Basin, Illinois Basin and Arkoma Basin. He is the corporate secretary of the North American (formerly Pittsburgh) Coalbed Methane Forum, Inc. Mr. Havryluk continues to wok as a consultant in the coalbed methane industry.


Kashy Aminian

Coordinator and Treasurer,

West Virginia University

Professor of Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering, has 28 years of distinguished service in both industry and academia. Dr. Aminian has extensive experience in reservoir engineering and natural gas engineering. He holds MS and PhD degrees both from University of Michigan. His research activities and interest include unconventional natural gas resource development, reservoir characterization, and coalbed methane. He has published over 100 technical articles. He was the recipient of the “SPE Eastern Region Service Award” in 1999 and “WVU Foundation Award of Outstanding Teaching” in 2000. He has taught several short courses on “Coalbed Methane Reservoir Engineering,” “Pressure Transient Analysis,” and "Gas Storage.” Aminian is member of Engineering Accreditation Commission. He also serves on the editorial committee for SPE Formation Evaluation and Reservoir Engineering Journal and Northern West Virginia SPE Section board of directors.

Board of directors

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Charlie Byrer

(Charter Member) Arthur Henry, LLC

Charlie Byrer spent 34 years as Project Manager in the Coalbed Methane Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory. During that time, he presented research at conferences throughout the U.S. and in over 15 countries around the world including Australia, Poland and China.

He earned a Bachelors of Science from Fairmont State College, and a Masters degree in Geology from West Virginia University.

After retiring from the Department of Energy, Charlie was elected to the Morgantown City Council as the Third Ward Representative, and played an integral role in opening up natural gas development within Monongalia County.

He is currently the Managing Partner with ArthurHenry LLC, a West Virginia-based title research and leasing company focused on the Appalachian Basin Marcellus Shale region.


Joseph D'Amico P.E.,

D'Amico Technologies Corporation

Mr. D'Amico is the founder and President of D'Amico Technologies Corp (DTC). For 20 years DTC has been a leader in the Natural Gas and Coal Industry for the development and utilization of Unconventional Gas.

Mr. D'Amico has led the successful development, construction and operation of Coal Mine Methane Recovery projects, Shale Gas Hydrocarbon Dewpoint Control and NGL Recovery projects along the Appalachian Mountain range, and Helium Recovery Projects along the Rocky Mountains.

Within the last 15 years, Mr D'Amico was a joint venture partner with RAG Coal / Foundation Coal / Alpha, and ultimately became the Vice President of Gas Technology & Marketing for Alpha Natural Resources until 2013.

Mr. D'Amico holds more than half a dozen patents relating to Gas Processing and enrichment of low BTU unconventional natural gas. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ontario Canada. With over 40 years of engineering and gas processing experience, he has been the President of a number of Energy start-up companies, author of text books, and speaker at numerous conferences.

Mr. D'Amico is an Engineering graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) with Bachelor of Science degrees in multiple engineering fields.

Beth De Maagd

De Maagd Consulting

ElizaBeth De Maagd, President of De Maagd Consulting has made a niche for herself in the energy industry by providing Public Relation, Business Development, and Data Analysis consulting for energy organizations and companies.  Beth De Maagd is a seasoned corporate professional leader with over 15 years of experience in public relations, corporate business management, strategic business development, business valuation, project management, sales, marketing, as well as environmental and energy data analysis research. She recently joined Sterner Consulting as a partner for environmental research and to work with their business brokerage practice for Mergers and Acquisitions.

Beth has valuable experience and is well established in the oil & gas and environmental industries. She has recently accepted the position of Chair of Public Relations for the North America Coalbed Methane Forum. She was a founder of an international energy education program and director of a gifted program for an environmental school. She has advised non-profit environmental groups to establish 501C3s. As a Senior Director for a national strategic planning firm, Beth initiated nationwide energy programs. Her successes include The Pittsburgh Business Times Energy Leadership Award as well as The Bob O’Connor Mayor Award for environmental cleanup, and “Women in Action Recognition” from the Women’s Energy Network. 

In addition, Beth’s resume includes the position of Vice President of Public Relations for an energy media firm where she consulted early stage to mature companies in the oil and gas industry on successful market practice and technique, she designed strategic public relations campaigns and directed production teams.  She has an environmental biology educational background as well as extensive research and data analysis experience in the field of alternative fuels. Her 20+ year background in education and PA Teaching Certification has provided her with an innovative leadership style that has allowed her to foster and maintain unique relationships with professionals in many industries and professions. 

Her passion for community outreach is apparent through her Engineering Eagles mentoring program for Petroleum Engineering students, as an Educator for Alternative Fuel Workshops for High School Students. She enjoys volunteering for cancer organizations such as Gilda’s Club, Make A Wish, Cole Foundation, LLS and ALS.  She is a strong advocate for energy, education and the environment.

Gary DuBois

Target Drilling

Gary earned a B.S. in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University. Since starting in the industry Gary is a PA registered professional engineer. He has held numerous salaried positions in his nearly 30 years working in the industry at several large underground Mines in southwestern Pennsylvania. Gary manages one of TDI's CM commercialization projects and sealing of CBM boreholes with gel.

John Duda

U.S. DOE/NETL

Mr. Duda is a Supervisor with the Research and Innovation Center at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory. John earned a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from West Virginia University and has thirty-six years of industry experience – the last thirty-two as a R&D professional in DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and Office of Environmental Management. Prior to his assignment with the Laboratory's research organization, Mr. Duda served as Director of the Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil and was responsible for planning and implementing the Department's oil and natural gas-related R&D program – a portfolio of research activities primarily focused on domestic unconventional resources. Prior to joining the Energy Department, John held various engineering and managerial positions in the private sector including assignments in South and East Texas developing low permeability natural gas reservoirs.

Craig Eckert

EQT Production

Craig is currently Geoscience Advisor for EQT Production Company in Pittsburgh, PA. He has more than 35 years of seismic interpretation and prospect generation experience in the petroleum industry, having worked both domestic and international plays. Domestically, Craig has worked extensively on nearly all of the Palaeozoic plays in the Appalachian basin including CBM in western Virginia’s prolific Nora field, and has studied and evaluated most of the shale gas basins in North America.  Graduating with a BS in Geology from WVU in 1979, Craig began his career with Consolidated Gas in WV, and then went on to work for CNG Development Company, Ashland Exploration, and EQT, as well as several smaller independents. In his career he has drilled over 1000 wells, made significant discoveries, and was responsible for the first horizontal well ever drilled in Virginia.  Presently he is involved in identifying new and overlooked plays above and below currently active resource plays in numerous North American basins.

He is an active member of AAPG, AIPG, SEG, GSA, is a Certified Professional Geologist, and is a Registered Professional Geologist in KY.  He is past-President of both Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Geological Society, and is currently President of Eastern Section AAPG. He has presented numerous papers at local, sectional and national meetings of AAPG, NACBM and other geological societies, is also the 2003 recipient of the Ralph L. Miller Best Paper Award, ES-AAPG.

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Greg Kozera

C&J Energy Services

Greg Kozera is the Southern Appalachian Business Development Manager for C&J Energy Services. He is also immediate past President of the Virginia Oil and Gas Association and is a member of the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Oil and Gas Association. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, National Federation of High School Soccer Coaches and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Mr. Kozera attended West Virginia University for his Engineering BS and after a break of 20 years got his MS in Environmental Engineering from Marshall University. Mr. Kozera is a registered professional engineer. He has written four books and numerous technical papers and articles. He is also a regular industry and newspaper columnist, radio personality as well as a professional speaker. In just the last year, Greg, who has been called “The Fracking Expert”, has been a guest on over 100 radio programs nationwide from Boston to Sacramento and Houston to Fargo, ND. Greg’s recent book Just the Fracks Ma’am, The TRUTH about hydrofracking and the next great American boom is available at all major online outlets, like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Books a Million.


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Morgan "Mike" Mosser

NETL

Since 2000, Mike has served as a Project and Portfolio Manager for the Mining Industries of the Future Program and is currently the Project Manager for a $251 million, 5 year Gasification/Carbon Capture Project with Southern Services Company at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Department of Energy complex in Morgantown, WV. His career started in the Southwestern Pennsylvania coal fields for US Steel Corporation. His career advanced through various management positions and companies before becoming VP of Operations at Philippi Development for Anker Energy. During his 28 years experience in the coal industry, he has developed, operated and managed 12 surface/underground coal mines. While at Philippi Development he served on the WVCA committee to develop diesel regulations in West Virginia underground coal mines. Nine years ago he joined DOE - NETL as a project manager for the mining technology program. He completed a BS in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University and a MBA from Waynesburg College and became a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP). Six of the projects under his management at NETL were selected for the prestigious R&D 100 Awards. He currently serves as a team member of the US/India Coal Working Group exchanging technology information with the mining experts of India and as a Board Member for the International Coal Bed Methane and Shale Symposium.

Joanne Reilly

Consultant

Joanne Reilly is Manager, Gas Operations for Alpha Natural Resources Coal Gas Recovery LLC affiliate, where she is commercializing coalbed methane and conventional gas reserves. Joanne has over 33 years experience in the coal industry including coalbed methane and conventional gas production, evaluation of coal and gas reserves, surface and underground coalbed methane planning and production, and has and is continuing to work closely with the mine operation staff to maximize production and minimize risk.

Joanne is a registered Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania and Wyoming and a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists. She is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Mine Examiner and Assistant Mine Forman. Joanne is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in Erosion and Sedimentation Control for Well Sites. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the North American Coalbed Methane Forum. She is a member of the Geological Society of America.

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Gary Rodvelt

Halliburton Energy Services

Gary Rodvelt is a Sr. Technical Services Advisor – Reservoir with Halliburton Energy Services in Charleston, WV, a position he has had since September of 1999. Prior to that, he was an Account Leader in sales for WV and KY for 4 years. He has more than 30 years experience in the petroleum industry, including 3 years as a Technical Advisor in the Illinois basin, and 20 years in the Mid-Continent area with positions in sales, stimulation design, and operations. He holds a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University and has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1980. With an emphasis in coalbed methane projects, he has provided log analysis and a completion recommendation for Devonian and Utica shale plays with a limited number of Marcellus reviews.


Felicia Ruiz

Felicia A. Ruiz

Director, Coalbed Methane Outreach Program U.S. EPA Climate Change Division

Felicia Ruiz has more than twenty years of experience managing global clean energy technology and technical assistance programs, particularly in Asia and Latin America.

At the EPA, Ms. Ruiz is the Director of the Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP), where she works with the coal mining industry in the U.S. and internationally with the goal of reducing methane emissions from coal mining activities.  She also has extensive experience working with industry on domestic and international combined heat and power (CHP) and distributed generation projects at the EPA.

Ms. Ruiz is the Co-Chair of the Global Methane Initiative’s (GMI) Coal Subcommittee and serves as the Vice Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane.


Steve Schatzel

NIOSH

Dr. Schatzel is a geologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Office of Mine Safety and Health (OMSHR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  He initially worked on developing methane control technology for coal mines and led the first successful cross-measure drilling project in the US.  Dr. Schatzel’s academic training is in geology and a geochemistry.  He earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 while investigating coal geochemistry.  Steve has 36 years of mining research experience.  His NIOSH research is primarily in the areas of methane control and ventilation for underground coal mines.  He has also produced research on the sources of respirable silica in underground coal mines, methane control for underground metal nonmetal mines, and new methane content measuring procedures and instruments.  Steve has been serving on the North American Coalbed Methane Forum Board of Directors since 1997 as the NIOSH liaison. 

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Dave Uhrin

(Charter Member) CBM Consulting

Mr. Uhrin received his Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Notre Dame and Master’s degree in geology from the Ohio State University. Mr. Uhrin established his roots in coal mining while working at Bituminous Coal Research, Inc. (BCR); prior to working at BCR, he worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U. S. Bureau Of Mines. At BCR, he oversaw practical, applied research for the recovery and use of coalbed methane (CBM), working with member coal companies and the gas industry. Other than occasional teaching, Uhrin has worked in the CBM field for over 30 years, 25 years as an independent consultant. He has provided desorption testing and permeability (slug) estimation services in most of the eastern coal states and the Illinois Basin, including Equitable Production’s Nora District Project in Virginia, and Penn Virginia Oil & Gas Corp.’s West Virginia projects.

Some years ago, Mr. Uhrin was asked to review a Gas Research Institute draft of A Guide to Determining Coalbed Gas Content. Committed to proper and cost effective characterization of coal reserves, he raised concerns over the lack of thorough treatment of narrow diameter, continuous coring as used by the coal industry. At GRI’s request, he wrote a section on such procedures. Based on his years of testing coal cores, Mr. Uhrin characterizes the coals of the Northern Appalachian and northern Central Appalachian coal basins as “blue collar… they are steady, reliable and can produce for decades.”

As one of the three original founders of the highly regarded Pittsburgh Coalbed Methane Forum, now the North American Forum, Mr. Uhrin is committed to development of the CBM resource in the Appalachians. He takes great professional pride in having brought together the coal owners and the producing companies for the two largest and commercially successful CBM projects in southwestern

Kristian White

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Kristian E. White brings both financial and legal acumen to bear in his law practice in energy, real estate, banking, commercial transactions and business organizations. Also a CPA, White works with clients to develop business solutions that help them achieve their goals. White serves as the Managing Member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC's Southpointe office located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE ENERGY

  • Closed acquisitions of real property for cryogenic plant, dehydration facility, and compressor stations
  • Represented a Fortune 500 energy company in the disposition of coal mining facilities
  • Represented major coal companies in hundreds of acquisitions of land for mining operations
  • Local counsel to E&P company on $300M credit facility
  • Lead title and transactional lawyer on acquisition of 12-mile pipeline
  • Represented midstream pipeline company regarding land use, zoning, and restrictive covenants

Past Board Members (1985–2016)

  • Tom Gribshaw *
    Columbia Gas (First Chairman, Charter Member)
  • T. R. “Tad” Potter
    Kitspaw Energy (Former Chairman, Charter Member)
  • George Concilio
    Beth Energy (Charter Member)
  • Joe Awny
    Equitable Resources
  • Dave Bajek
    Chevron NA
  • Charles Brandenburg *
    Gas Research Institute
  • Sharon Daniels
    Eastern Mineral Law Foundation
  • Chuck Dixon
    Jim Walter Resources, Inc.
  • T. Ertekin
    Penn State University
  • Laura Feldman
    Schlumberger
  • Gerry Finfinger
    USBM
  • Sharon Flanery
    Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • R. L. Frantz
    Penn State University
  • Pamela Franklin
    U.S. EPA
  • R. Larry Grayson
    West Virginia University
  • John M. Johnston
    EOG Resources
  • Steve Kravits
    Target Drilling
  • Dina Kruger
    U.S. EPA
  • Bruce Levy
    O'Brien Energy
  • Elizabeth McClanahan
    Penn Stuart
  • Tom McNider
    Jim Walter Resources
  • Jill Morgan-Harrison
    Penn Stuart
  • Roger Myers
    BJ Services Co. USA
  • Isaias Ortiz
    UEDC, Inc.
  • Rhys Reese
    Superior Well Services
  • Richard Schraufnagel
    Gas Research Institute
  • Karl Schultz
    U.S. EPA
  • Raymond Smith
    Peoples Gas Company
  • Clark Talkington
    U.S. EPA
  • Larry Van Bibber
    Westinghouse
  • Dave Wallace
    Superior Well Services
  • Jim Wiley
    R & P Coal Company
  • Sam Wiley
    Halliburton

* Deceased