Shale Webinar Set for Jan. 17

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The Penn State Extension has announced that this month’s shale webinar will focus upon the value of natural gas liquids and their role in U.S. chemical manufacturing.

Marcellus wells in Pennsylvania and West Virginia are producing 7 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas, accounting for more than 25 percent of the shale gas production in the United States. With the increased production of wet gas, the natural gas liquids produced are an invaluable source of feedstock for the petro chemical industry.

Penn State Extension’s Shale webinar “America’s New Industrial Revolution: A Renaissance for U.S. Chemical Manufacturing” with Dan Borne, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association, will provide insight to the value of these liquids. The educational webinar will run from 1 – 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Borne will discuss how the shale plays are revolutionizing manufacturing in the United States.

An abundant low cost energy source, coupled with increased labor expenses abroad, has created a paradigm shift in manufacturing operations in the United States. Industry is now looking domestically at expanding their operations or the re-shoring of manufacturing operations.  Listen in to learn some of the labor implications, business opportunities and expected impacts within the manufacturing sector.

Presented by Penn State Extension’s Marcellus Education Team, all of the monthly webinars will be offered at the same time on Thursdays. Upcoming planned topics include, Feb. 21: The Science behind Best Management Practices, Nels Johnson, The Nature Conservancy.

Registration for the webinars is not necessary, and all are welcome to participate by logging in to . For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas Web site, covering a variety of topics such as Act 13, seismic testing, air pollution from gas development; water use and quality; zoning; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; gas pipelines and right-of-way issues; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.



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