I attended the Energy, Inc. conference on October 8, 2013 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. My how things changed with the natural gas industry! One of the most surprising items was from the protestors. In 2011, there was a street-full of protestors at the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Shale Conference in Philadelphia. This year’s conference only had one protestor.
What does this mean for the industry? As drilling and fracking become more and more prevalent here in this area in the future, I believe more downstream projects will come alive. A lot of projects have been talked about and discussed, but not much has come to fruition to date. Is the sign of acceptance the green light for the gas infrastructure to come about?
The ultimate prize will be the cracker plant with Shell Oil. Once a firm commitment is made and Shell Oil has substantiated that it will be built, things will start to come together. Western Pennsylvania is positioned for an unprecedented opportunity for a flow of manufacturing from various industries.
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