48th Annual Conference Speakers

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Chuck Laine
President, Tennessee Oil & Gas Association

Chuck Laine has been lobbying the state and federal government for more than 30 years. His reputation as a skillful negotiator, coalition builder and strategic communicator has made Chuck one of the state's top lobbyists. Known for taking on difficult issues, Chuck has overcome enormous odds, secured favorable outcomes and advanced the cause for his clients.

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Michael Burton
Oil & Gas Supervisor, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

Michael K. Burton currently is the Supervisor of the Tennessee Oil and Gas Program for the State of Tennessee. As supervisor, he is responsible for the permitting and environmental issues for all oil and gas sites within the state. Mike received his BS in Geology from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1984 and his MS in Geology from the University of Memphis in 1987.


Dr. Robert Hatcher
Professor and Distinguished Scientist University of Tennessee

Dr. Robert Hatcher is a tectonics and structural geologist with over 40 years of experience in Appalachian tectonics, the comparative tectonics of other mountain chains, and the geology of Central and East Tennessee and adjacent states. Dr. Hatcher has been employed in the public and private sectors throughout his career as a geologist, consultant and instructor.


Michael Stagg
Partner, Waller, Lansden Dortch & Davis

Manufacturers, utilities, and local governments seeking legal representation with regard to environmental, health, and safety matters rely on Michael Stagg to provide competent, thoughtful, and robust advice. With a specific emphasis on issues related to air, water, greenfield site development, and landfills, Michael defends entities against judicial and administrative actions brought by a variety of entities, including Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), citizen and environmental groups and federal, state, and local governmental agencies.

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Brydon Ross, VP State Affairs Consumer Energy Alliance

Brydon Ross leads Consumer Energy Alliance’s state affairs policy and advocacy work. Before joining CEA, he served as the director of energy and environmental policy for the Council of State Governments and as the Interim Executive Director of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies. Ross worked in the private sector as the director of government relations for the Association of Oil Pipe Lines in Washington D.C. and for nearly 10 years was a senior staff person in the U.S. Senate; specializing in energy and environmental issues.

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Jerry Todd, Senior Sales Engineer, Oil and Gas Division, E-Finity Distributed Generation

Mr. Todd received his BS in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1988. Following graduation, he worked for Dominion Energy and Virginia Power in both coal and nuclear power plants before going to work for Dominion Gas Transmission (DTI) in 2000. While at DTI, Mr. Todd was project engineer and project manager for compressor station and pipeline projects. After 20 plus years at Dominion, Mr. Todd joined the E-Finity team in January of 2012 and now shares his knowledge of Capstone microturbines with others in the gas industry. He is actively working to help gas producers and transmission companies throughout the Marcellus and Utica regions to find ways to power their remote operations facilities and pipeline cathodic protection systems.