MSC Hits Membership Milestone, Tops 200 Companies

New Executive Committee Member Elected

Canonsburg, PA – This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) welcomed its 200th member, passing a significant organizational milestone. Current MSC membership stands at 40 full members and 161 associate members, respectively. Full members are exploration and production companies and midstream/pipeline operators, while associate members — the backbone of the Marcellus supply chain — include service companies, water management specialists, environmental consultants, construction companies and engineering and law firms. The MSC board of directors also elected Dan Merz, Manager, Government Affairs, at Williams Companies to the executive committee. Dan’s term will extend through the end of 2012.

Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the MSC, issued this statement:

“Just two short years ago, our organization was a loosely aligned group with 17 members. Today, we’re a coalition of more than 200 companies representing the fabric of the shale gas industry across the entire region. To see the interest and commitment by so many outstanding companies grow at this rate in such a short period of time has been remarkable. The MSC’s greatest strength is our membership’s expertise and shared goal of responsibly developing the region’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources.

“It’s also a pleasure to welcome Dan Merz to our executive committee. With more than 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry, Dan will offer keen insight and expertise from a midstream and exploration perspective as we continue to work to safely deliver American natural gas to consumers. While the drilling and completion process certainly receives significant attention, midstream operations are mission critical in transporting natural gas to market. We look forward to working alongside Dan in this new capacity and benefiting from his expertise and strategic guidance.”