MSC Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Western Pa. Community and Business Leaders

Warrendale, PA – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) hosted a community roundtable discussion in Butler County, Pa. to further explore the real impacts of responsible Marcellus development is having in the region. Joined by Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, business, chamber, and community leaders, local elected officials and representatives from MSC members EXCO Resources, Talisman Energy USA and Chevron Corporation, the discussion centered on economic and employment impacts, workplace safety and environmental stewardship. The roundtable was followed by a tour of Talisman Energy’s U.S. headquarters located in Warrendale, Pa.

“The MSC is committed to working with and engaging local community and business leaders to responsibly develop the clean-burning, job-creating natural gas resources from the Marcellus Shale,” said MSC president and executive director Kathryn Klaber. “Today’s event featured a thoughtful discussion of the issues facing the region and facilitated a meaningful conversation about the positive economic and employment impacts of Marcellus activity, as well as the numerous safeguards in place to protect our environment.”

Following the roundtable, Lt. Gov. Cawley toured the U.S headquarters of Canadian-based Talisman Energy, a 50,000 square-foot office that opened in July 2010, where more than 200 local employees work. While touring the office, Lt. Gov. Cawley stated, “To those who say Marcellus Shale is not benefiting Pennsylvania, I say come to Warrendale and see it for yourself.” Talisman Energy has already surpassed capacity of its current office and has leased space in an adjacent building, currently under construction, for future growth.

Klaber added: “While today’s roundtable and tour highlighted our industry’s growth and impact in Butler County, MSC member companies are adding jobs, expanding and building new office space and hiring local workers across the five-state Marcellus region. They say natural gas produced from the Marcellus is fundamentally changing global energy markets for the better, and it’s also improving local communities’ economic and employment future.”

NOTE: Click HERE to view photographs of today’s events and HERE to view the press release issued today from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.