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2nd Tunisia Oil and Gas Summit

September 24, 2012

I was to deliver two speeches at the 2nd Tunisia Oil and Gas Summit (TOGS) in Hammamet, Tunisia, September 21 and 23. The two presentations were: “Beyond Fossil Fuels: Renewable Energy,” and the “Economics and Benefits of Unconventional Shale Gas Resources.”

Regrettably, last minute events prevented me from attending the summit. The event that led me to abort my trip to Tunisia was a travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department on September 14, 2012. The alert “warned U.S. citizens against all travel to Tunisia at this time and ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Tunisia, following the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.”

I provided a letter and a personal video explaining the situation.  Today, I received this email from Mr. Zied Chibani one of the members of the TOGS Committee. My video follows this message.

From: Zied Chibani   Date: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 9:04 am To: Barry Stevens <>

Hi Barry,

We finally finished our 2nd TOGS Summit and it was a success with more than 150 delegates from all over the world even we have one american but he travelled with risk as he said. The unconventional Keynote session was covered by Dr Wahid from Halliburton and Dr Vasili from Greece.

We displayed your video and all delegates liked and clapped their hands.

Do not obset or worry for not to come because for sure you will be in the next and 3rd TOGS and will talk again about unconventional.

The unconventional is the main subject or lets say objective for Tunisia this year and for the coming 100 years, but still have a politic problem with the environmental people specially after the France decision to not go for the unconventional. But the NOC here is pushing to start this project and most of operators as Shell, Anadarko and OMV and others.

It was a pleasure to know you and hope to see you in Tunisia soon.

On Behalf of TOGS committee we want to thank you for all your efforts and commitment.

Best regards,

Zied & Imed

My video:

Barry Stevens speaks to the Delegates at the TOGS


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