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2017-09-15 / Front Page

Manufacturing renaissance in the Marcellus

Industry experts to discuss turning natural resources into lasting economic gain at 7th annual Shale Insight conference

Shale Insight 2017 will return to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 
Photo courtesy of Marcellus Shale Coalition Shale Insight 2017 will return to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Photo courtesy of Marcellus Shale Coalition PITTSBURGH, Pa - Recognizing that shale’s opportunity – and challenges – have no borders, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association are again joining with the Marcellus Shale Coalition to host the 7th annual Shale Insight conference to foster greater regional dialogue, discussion and unity in a shared goal of advancing shale development throughout the Appalachian Basin, across the nation and around the world.

The event will once again be hosted at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Although the two day event won’t officially start until Sept. 27, guests will be able to register for the event all day and attend a welcome reception at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

From unleashing a manufacturing renaissance, to celebrating the American worker through the creation of hundreds-of-thousands of jobs and expanding our natural gas infrastructure network, these topics and more will be discussed at Shale Insight 2017. The event will include:

• Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary for President Donald J. Trump, speaking on the topics of energy, national security, policy and job creation. This will be one of Spicer’s first public appearances since leaving his White House post.

• Leading CEO’s Morgan O’Brien, president and chief executive officer, Peoples and Stacey Olson, President, Chevron Appalachia speaking on the challenges and opportunities presented by the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays from a global competitiveness perspective including how affordable energy will drive a manufacturing renaissance and generate a surge in jobs across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

• A panel discussion featuring executives from Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals: Gas to Polyethylene – Helping Local Ethane. The discussion hopes to lead attendees through the growth spurred by the Shell petrochemical plant from construction to operation. This new modern facility will spin our region’s natural gas energy straw into economic gold, by producing linear low density and high density polyethylene grades creating the feedstock materials necessary for plastics manufacturing in the tristate region and throughout the eastern U.S.

• A Just the Facts: Public Health and the Shale Industry general session panel to help attendees understand the environmental benefits resulting from responsible natural gas development within the last decade. Despite the progress that has been made, studies lacking research rigor and facts are still making headlines. This panel will highlight several scientific, fact-based efforts that reveal the scientific facts on how the industry is working to protect public health and the environment.

• Bradley Ritts, managing director, Natural Gas Initiative, Stanford University exploring Increasing Energy Access in the Developing World: How Can Natural Gas Help Alleviate Energy Poverty?

Register today by visiting to capitalize on this unique opportunity to gain unprecedented industry access. .

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