Marcellus Summit to cover shale-gas issues, offer balanced views

September 20, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 2012 Marcellus Summit, sponsored by Penn State Extension, will cover the latest trends, issues and concerns surrounding shale-gas development in Pennsylvania, according to organizers.

The conference, which will be held Oct. 10-12 at the Penn Stater Conference Center, will feature speakers and panels addressing topics such as shale gas resource estimates, studies on U.S. natural-gas exports, and international perspectives on shale-gas and oil development.

Special break-out sessions will offer environmental, legal and technical perspectives.

"We anticipate more than 400 people at the summit," said event chairman Dave Messersmith, extension educator specializing in shale-gas development.

"We expect attendees to include county and municipal officials, industry representatives, legislators, attorneys, state and federal agency staff, environmental and community group members, and others interested in the wide range of opportunities and challenges arising from shale-gas development."

An applied-research poster session will be held 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. Poster abstracts were reviewed for relevance to the audience, Messersmith noted.

"Posters should be broadly connected to shale issues relating to community and social implications, such as business, workforce, and economic impacts; environmental impacts, such as natural-gas utilization; or public education," he noted. Additional information on the poster session can be found on the Marcellus Summit website.

Attendees can take part in the conference in a variety of ways, Messersmith pointed out. He encouraged those interested to check the conference agenda topics and speakers online at the summit website.

The Marcellus Summit offers companies and organization involved in the shale-gas play in Pennsylvania a great opportunity to exhibit their information, products or services, he said.

Sponsorship information, exhibitor forms and the floor plan layout also are found on the website. For more information, contact Messersmith at 570-253-5970 (Extension 4110) or by email at

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Last Updated September 25, 2012