May 19, 2017 - Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association 2017 - Energy Briefing (McAdoo, PA)

KEF Field Director Rod Wilt with NEPA M&EA President, Darlene Robbins

Over 50 people attended a Keystone Energy Forum hosted by the Northeast Manufacturers & Employers Assoc., CANDO, Luzerne County Community College, and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. The program focused on the positive impact the energy industry is having on Northeast Pennsylvania, education and training of the workforce, and infrastructure development.

KEF Field Director Rod Wilt welcomes attendees and introduces the panelists

Starting the meeting was Ms. Darlene Robbins, President, Northeast Manufacturers & Employers Assoc. Rod Wilt, KEF Field Director, served as Moderator for the panel discussion.

Matt Carmichael, Southwestern Energy, during his PowerPoint Presentation

Panelists included Matt Carmichael, Director of Government Relations, Southwestern Energy; Mike Atchie, Public Outreach, The Williams Companies; Larry Godlasky, Director-Government Affairs, UGI Energy Services, LLC; Joseph Swope, UGI Utility; John Hambrose, Waste Management; Susan Spry, Vice President of Applied Technologies and Workforce Development, Luzerne County Community College

Panelist’s presentations covered technology advancements in well production and frac-water recycling, updates on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, updates on the Penn-East pipeline project and the positive environmental impact of the natural gas industry, expansion of the commercial and residential supply lines and regional CHP projects, the use of CNG to power 6,000 Waste Management trucks nationally and the cost-savings associated with that use, and how community colleges are bridging the skills gap in the oil & gas workforce by using real-time applied technologies in degree, apprenticeship, and mentorship programs.