The place to be this coming Monday, Oct. 19, is Hart Energy Publishing’s Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) East Conference, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa. According to its Web site,, “DUG East is the only Marcellus event where you will hear directly from leading Marcellus Shale operators on their drilling plans and programs and learn what technology is helping operators improve well results and reduce drilling costs in the Marcellus Shale Play. Good news is flowing from the Marcellus daily as the industry tackles one of the largest unconventional-gas plays in the U.S.”

Hart had such an amazing response to this event that registration was shut down, venue changed, and registration reopened. About 300 attendees were expected and planned for. Current pre-registration numbers are more than 1,200 and climbing as I blog. The new location is:

David L. Lawrence Convention Center Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom - 3rd Floor 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222 USA

(Contact Craig Moritz at if you’re interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the event.)

What does this mean to you? Chances are the treasures of the Marcellus shale play are not a mystery to you. However, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, get a subscription to the Unconventional Gas Center and do some MAJOR catching up in the Marcellus section (

Why do I think this is a good idea? While I work here, I don’t get paid for plugs. And it’s a good thing, too. I’m the complete opposite of dearly departed Billy Mays when it comes to sales. But when something is getting bigger, it means a lot of people are attending, including YOUR COMPETITORS!

Now that I have your attention, the Web site to register is The editors of E&P magazine will be there covering the event live so keep visiting for exclusives.

While there you can catch one of the biggest rivalries in the National Football League – The Pittsburgh Steelers (who won the Superbowl last season) against the Cleveland Browns.