The WSTN West Coast LNG Export Forum brought together some of the finest minds in Rockies natural gas, global LNG infrastructure and Tribal Nation energy development. Here is a selection of pictures from the event. (Photo Credit: Caleb Weaver, Lightbulb Media)

WSTN President Andrew Browning opens the WSTN West Coast LNG Export Forum in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Dec. 12, 2022.


John Harpole of Mercator Energy addresses the forum.


Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Oil and Gas Division Director, Takeshi Soda, shares his view of LNG in the geopolitcal and energy security context so crucial for Japan — even moreso in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the upending of the global LNG trade that caused.


WSTN President Andrew Browning and METI Oil and Gas Division Director Takeshi Soda shake hands.


Jim Diemer of Sempra Infrastructure begins his informative discussion on Sempra’s vision for LNG as a path to the future.


U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel appears on the screen for his video keynote address to WSTN’s West Coast LNG Export Forum on Dec. 12, 2022.

The Ambassador’s Video Address:


Enbridge Director of Business Development Jason Kearns presents virtually, sharing his perspective on the company’s Woodfibre LNG export project in British Columbia, Canada. Kearns discussed the competitive and environmental advantages of North American natural gas and LNG during his lunch address.


WSTN Chairman Jason Sandel of New Mexico gives remarks welcoming the Jicarilla Apache Nation to WSTN before the formal signing ceremony.


Jicarilla Nation President Edward Velarde signs WSTN’s Memorandum of Understanding, formally joining his sovereign tribal nation into the organization, as members of his tribe and WSTN Board Members look on.


Members of the WSTN Board welcome the Jicarilla Apache Nation to the organization after a formal signing ceremony.


Carlyle Begay of the Navajo Nation moderating a panel with the senior leaders from WSTN members the Ute Indian Tribe, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Leaders from the Navajo Nation and Crow Tribe of Indians joined as panelists as well.




Shane Seibel, Executive Director of the Southern Ute Indian Growth Fund, shares some of his tribe’s successful method for turning energy resources into a permanent funding mechanism for the tribe.



Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer responds to a question from the audience.


Participants in the “Tribal Perspectives on Resource Development” panel flank Jicarilla Apache Nation President Edward Velarde, center. From left, moderator Carlyle Begay, Navajo Nation; Merldine Oka, Legislative Council of the Jicarilla Apache Nation; Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer; Southern Ute Growth Fund Executive Director Shane Seibel, C.J. Stewart, Energy Director of the Crow Tribe of Indians and Shaun Chapoose, Chair of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee.


Leaders from five sovereign tribal nations join Japan’s delegation from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy in a rare multilateral meeting focused specifically on LNG.

A video link of the day’s proceedings is forthcoming.