The Marcellus Midstream Conference and Exhibition was held in Pittsburgh March 19-21 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. There were more than 1,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors, and most were from outside the Pittsburgh area. Companies headquartered all over the country, as well as Canada, were represented. This convention is another example of how Marcellus Shale is benefiting the Pittsburgh region, particularly hospitality businesses because there were many visitors in town. The great weather over the last few days also helped to showcase our beautiful city. I spoke with one attendee from Philadelphia who came in town early to take in the NCAA basketball games on Saturday at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Now that many new Marcellus Shale wells are drilled and producing, the midstream companies are working hard to build the infrastructure surrounding the natural gas industry. Many of the presenters spoke about building and improving the pipelines. These improvements will help with gathering and transmitting the abundant supply of natural gas throughout the region and its movement to other geographic areas.
All of this means more jobs in the area, since the Marcellus Shale industry will be growing for many years to come. Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, The Honorable Jim Cawley, spoke at the conference and indicated how proud he and the administration were of the well-paying jobs created by the industry. He also noted that the state recognizes its obligation to promote responsible exploration of natural gas.
The conference was certainly another indication of the positive economic impact Marcellus Shale is having on our region.
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