State College, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) today proudly announced Kathryn Klaber as the new organization’s first president and executive director.
The announcement was made before about 700 people at the Second Annual Marcellus Shale and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Best Management Practices Workshop and Training Seminar in State College.
Klaber has worked closely with elected leaders, regulators and the environmental community in her previous role as executive vice president for Competitiveness at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. A lifelong Pennsylvanian, Klaber earned her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and her Masters in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Commenting on her new role, Klaber said, “The economic opportunities from the Marcellus Shale are real, growing, and already making a positive difference in the lives of Pennsylvanians. This is an exciting and impactful time for the natural gas industry. I am committed to facilitating the development of best practices that will benefit our economy, our environment and our communities.”
Experts believe the Marcellus Shale to be among the largest known natural gas fields. The United States now has a growing 100-year supply of clean, abundant, affordable, and domestic natural gas thanks to the pioneering efforts to develop natural gas from shale.
Ray N. Walker Jr., Chairman of the MSC and vice president of Range Resources Marcellus Shale Division said, “The Marcellus Shale will provide decades of clean-burning and affordable natural gas to residents of this Commonwealth and the Nation. The Marcellus Shale Coalition is dedicated to the environmentally responsible development of this domestic resource that will assist our nation in reducing our reliance on foreign energy supplies, while strengthening our economy and environment.”
“The Marcellus Shale Coalition has made an excellent choice in Katie Klaber as its president and executive director,” said Dennis Yablonsky, Allegheny Conference CEO. “Katie played a significant role in the gains the Allegheny Conference has made in tax competitiveness and business climate improvement in Pennsylvania. Katie also advanced initiatives around