Marcellus shale coalition selects first president

Eric Watkins
OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 -- The recently founded Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) has selected Kathryn Klaber as the organization’s first president and executive director.

"The economic opportunities from the Marcellus shale are real, growing, and already making a positive difference in the lives of Pennsylvanians,” Klaber said on accepting her new position.

“This is an exciting and impactful time for the natural gas industry,” she said, adding that she is committed to facilitating the development of “best practices that will benefit our economy, our environment and our communities."

MSC’s announcement of Klaber was made at the Second Annual Marcellus Shale and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Best Management Practices Workshop and Training Seminar.

Prior to joining the MSC, Klaber served as executive vice-president for competitiveness at the Allegheny Conference, where she led efforts to help the region and state realize the full benefits of the Marcellus shale development.

Klaber’s efforts included creation of an economic impact assessment of the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania and the design of the Energy Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

During the 1990s, Klaber worked for the international environmental, health, and safety consulting firm, Environmental Resources Management Inc., and was appointed to Pennsylvania’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee.

Earlier this month, companies drilling in the Marcellus shale established the MSC as an independent nonprofit organization and the third statewide industry association in Pennsylvania after the Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Association and the Independent Oil & Gas Producers of Pennsylvania.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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