Keller Tours Marcellus Shale Operation with Area Business Leaders
MIFFLINBURGRep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union) and area business leaders recently completed a tour of a Marcellus Shale operation in Lycoming Country to gather firsthand knowledge of
Rep. Fred Keller and area business leaders during a tour of a Marcellus Shale operation. From left to right: Sam Marolo, Robert Luff, Judy Shirk, Guy Temple, Dave Geise, Fred Keller, Mary Wolf, Jeff Reber, Brigid Rich, Martha Milbrand, Maria Culp, Barbara Kraeuche and Tom Murphy.  
the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. The tour was led by Mary Wolf of Anadarko and Tom Murphy from Penn State Cooperative Extension, and examined all phases of production.

“This tour really gave me an appreciation for the whole process from site selection to the drilling and production phases,” said Maria Culp, president and CEO of Central PA Chamber of Commerce. “Unlike reading about the process, which does not show the steps to which companies are taking to minimize impact to the surrounding area, this tour really brought into focus how the impacted areas can still be used for recreation in harmony with the surrounding state forest.”

“The opportunity to observe natural gas drilling at work in Pennsylvania’s state forests was invaluable, as we also got to see the relationships drillers have built with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,” explained Robert Luff, director of communications for the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. “After a tour of this magnitude – observing every phase of the process – the chamber is able to get a clearer picture of the facts surrounding this controversial issue.”

“I was especially interested in the comments of the District Forester Jeffrey Prowant,” said Guy Temple, a resident of Lewisburg. “He said all the roads are open, including the roads alongside the newly laid gas pipeline, and adding snowmobile roads for the future.”

“It was reassuring to see the number of safeguards that are in place to protect the environment in the exploration of the Marcellus Shale,” reflected David Geise, president and CEO of Furmano Foods. “The economic value that we have to gain from the gas production in the Marcellus Shale of our state is huge.”

In all, 12 people toured the operation: Representative Keller; Guy Temple, Maria Culp and Barbara Kraeuche of Central Pennsylvania Chamber, Rob Luff of Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce; Dave Geise of Furmano Foods; Jeff Reber of Mifflinburg Bank; Sam Marolo of Hazelton Area School District; Brigid Rich of North Shore Railroad; Martha Milbrand of Senator John Gordner’s Office; Mary Wolf of Anadarko, and Tom Murphy of Penn State Cooperative Extension.

“It is important for the community to have a clear picture of the natural gas production,” added Representative Keller. “Thank you to Tom Murphy and Carol Loveland of Penn State Cooperative Extension and Mary Wolf of Anadarko for providing us with such a beneficial and educational experience and a special thank you to Mark Monaghan and Paul Stine Chevrolet for providing transportation.”

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