For those in the energy and environmental business, Colorado State University will host the third annual Natural Gas Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 16, at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road in Fort Collins.

Though the event is free and open to the public, space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Featured speakers include Chuck Davidson, CEO of Noble Energy; Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE; John Minge, president and chairman of BP America; Mark Brownstein of the Environmental Defense Fund; and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

In addition to the keynote speakers and executive roundtable, eight panel discussions will tackle various topics facing the energy industry today, including the role that natural gas plays in developing a clean-energy economy and protecting air and water quality.

“The purpose of the Symposium is to provide diverse and balanced stakeholder perspectives on emerging unconventional energy markets, with a particular emphasis on the natural gas economy and its impacts in Colorado, United States, and around the globe,” said former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, executive director of the Center for the New Energy Economy, in a press release.

Sponsors for the 2013 Natural Gas Symposium are the Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability, CSU Energy Institute, CSU Ventures, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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The Oct. 15 sessions will focus on benefits, opportunities, risks and uncertainties in the natural gas industry. For Oct. 16, the focus will be on solutions to those challenges.

For a complete agenda or to register for the Symposium, visit