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The daylong conference at BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence will also include a panel discussion on strategies that companies are using to capitalize on the state’s natural gas production and reduce flaring. The Institute's Karen Alderman Harbert will be a guest speaker at the event.

Christopher Guith, senior vice-president for policy at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, said the need was obvious 5-6 years ago when US gas production began to grow so dramatically. “Ultimately, this has been as much about politics as economics,” he said. “It also provided us an important prelude to discussing crude exports.”

An Affordable Energy Rally attended by both Wyoming U.S. senators and Gov. Matt Mead drew about 300 people in Gillette Thursday, though organizers expected as many as 1,000. The meeting was a rallying cry against proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

Byers, who spoke Tuesday during the Platts’ Coal Marketing Days conference in Pittsburgh, said that aside from the rule likely being an overreach of EPA authority, the rule ultimately will be ineffective in making a global difference.

But instead of checking the progress of the working pipeline, Koch, a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Institute, said he and his team are collecting stories from communities, business leaders and others who have been left waiting.