Shale Gas Roundtable: Final Report - University of Pittsburgh - Institute of Politics



In response to the desire of regional, multi-sector leaders to elevate and inform the regional energy dialogue, the Shale Gas Roundtable was created in the fall of 2011 to improve unconventional oil and gas production, transport, and use in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

This final report represents the culmination of the Roundtable's work. It contains eight core, overarching recommendations that emerged from the overall effort and specific recommendations within each of four focus areas water, midstream, research, and unitization and conservation. The report also includes substantial background and educational information in both the main text and appendices.

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Executive Summary

The summary contains a condensed overview of the Roundtable’s process and resulting recommendations.  The full report should be consulted for additional details on each of the Roundtable’s recommendations.

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Key areas within the full report:

Status of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development in Pennsylvania »

Shale Gas Roundtable Background »

Core Roundtable Recommendations »

Unconventional Oil and Gas Research Fund Proposal »

Modernization of the Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Conservation Law »

Water and Unconventional Oil and Gas »

Midstream Development in Pennsylvania »

Appendix A: Southwestern Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Activity Dashboard »

Appendix B: Regional Research Survey Results Summary, August 2012 »

Appendix C: Comparison of MSAC Water Recommendations and Act 13 »

Appendix D: Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Regulatory and Decisions Structure »

Appendix E: Standards and Best Management Practices for Shale Oil and Gas Development »

Appendix F: Recommendations of the Report to the General Assembly on Pipeline Placement of Natural Gas Gathering Lines »

Appendix G: Useful Resources »

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Roundtable Members

The Shale Gas Roundtable cochairs and staff worked thoughtfully and diligently to assemble a high-level, diverse membership including 26 individuals from relevant, interested constituencies. Roundtable members were recruited to serve because of the unique perspectives and contributions each could bring to the effort.

William Bates
Senior Vice President
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Inc.
Cynthia Carrow
Vice President
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Jared Cohon
President Emeritus
Carnegie Mellon University
Kevin Colosimo
Managing Partner, Pittsburgh
Burleson LLP
Caren Glotfelty
Senior Program Director
The Heinz Endowments
Tori Haring-Smith
Washington & Jefferson College
Patrick Henderson
Energy Executive
Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
Norman Hipps
Saint Vincent College
Scott Izzo
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Nels Johnson
Deputy State Director
The Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania Chapter
George Jugovic Jr.
President and CEO
Jeffrey Kupfer
Senior Advisor
Grant Oliphant
President and CEO
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Barry Osborne
Vice President
Range Resources Corporation
Scott Perry
Deputy Secretary
Office of Oil and Gas Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Andrew Place
Corporate Director of Energy and Environmental Policy
EQT Corporation
Phil Poux
Director of Development, Mid-Atlantic
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
James Roddey
ParenteBeard LLC
Rod Ruddock Commissioner Indiana County
Kurt Salvatori Vice President CONSOL Energy Inc.
Edith Shapira Psychiatrist/Community Volunteer  
Pam Snyder Member Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Richard Taylor Chief Executive Officer Imbue Technology Solutions, Inc.
William Thompson Executive Director Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board
Elder Vogel Member Pennsylvania State Senate
Davitt Woodwell Executive Vice President Pennsylvania Environmental Council





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