Keller, Area Business Leaders Tour Marcellus Shale Operation
5/10/2012
 
Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union) and area business leaders recently toured a Marcellus Shale operation to gain firsthand knowledge of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. The tour was led by Mary Wolf of Anadarko and Matt Henderson from Penn State Cooperative Extension. 
MIFFLINBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union) and area business leaders recently toured a Marcellus Shale operation to gain firsthand knowledge of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. The tour was led by Mary Wolf of Anadarko and Matt Henderson from Penn State Cooperative Extension.

“We were invited to see, first hand, all facets of the gas drilling process-site preparation, drilling and production. We were encouraged to ask all questions and we were provided with straight answers,” said Dan Greene, Lewisburg Elm Street manager. “The Commonwealth is blessed with natural resources, and Anadarko is showing itself to be a serious and considerate steward of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources.”

“The tour of the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operation of Anadarko gave me a much clearer picture of how the drilling process works,” recalled Dave Kline, president of Beavertown Block. “I was impressed with how clean the well sites were and the safeguards established by Anadarko to prevent spills and contamination of the water supply and environment in this region of Pennsylvania.”

“It was reassuring to learn and see that initial ‘growing pains’ concerns, dating back to when drilling/fracking operations were just beginning, seem to have been addressed and operations appear to be safe and functioning efficiently with minimal, if any, damage to the environment,” avowed Middlecreek Valley Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Kline.

“I found the partnership of Anadarko working under the close scrutiny and supervision of a state agency with teeth [Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Forestry] on public lands reassuring,” said Union County Commissioner John Showers. “Anadarko profits, the Commonwealth taxpayers win, the environment is safeguarded, and domestic energy is produced. The model could win more public support for gas drilling should a comparable arrangement be considered for gas development on private lands.”

In all, 11 people toured the operation: Keller; Deborah Kline, MVCC President; Dave Kline, Beavertown Block Co. Inc. president; Sharon Benner, Benner’s Trophy Outlet; Wesley Knapp, Midd-West School District Superintendant; LaMar Troup, By A Dam Site Farms; Dennis Hain, SUN Technical Institute director; Peggy Chamberlain, Snyder County commissioner; John Showers, Union County commissioner; Ken Hafer, Orchard Pump and Supply Co. Inc.; and Dan Greene, Lewisburg Elm Street manager.

“It is important for the community to have a clear picture of the natural gas production,” added Keller. “Thank you to Matt Henderson 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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State Representative Fred Keller
85th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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