November 14, 2011

10 AM Monday: Manchin to Bring Senate Energy Committee to WV for Marcellus Shale Hearing

Hearing will be webcast at:

***Webcast available***

Manchin will also speak at NETL’s Business Opportunity Session

Charleston, W.Va.— U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is pleased to welcome officials from the federal and state governments, along with business and environmental representatives, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of developing the Marcellus Shale at his first-ever Congressional field hearing today.  

The hearing will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in the  7th Floor Courtroom of the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse, 300 Virginia Street East in Charleston. 

The hearing will be webcast at:

Members of the public are invited to attend. 

“This hearing is an opportunity for West Virginia to demonstrate our unique position of strength in the energy industry, as we are literally sitting on top of the tremendous potential of the Marcellus Shale,” Senator Manchin said. “With the development of this resource, our state has a great opportunity to do two critical things at once: create jobs both now and into the future, and advance our goal of achieving energy independence within this generation.” 

The hearing will focus on the economic, safety and environmental issues related to the development of the Marcellus Shale. Senator Manchin and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will receive testimony on shale gas drilling, specifically focused on the Marcellus Shale Gas Play that is being developed throughout the region.   

A witness list is included. Today’s additional events can be found below. 


Panel 1
Mr. Anthony Cugini, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Mr. Jon Capacasa, Director , Water Protection Division Region 3, Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. James Coleman, Task Leader, Energy Resources Program, U.S. Geological Survey

Panel 2
Mr. Kurt Dettinger, General Counsel , Office of the Governor
Mr. Randy Huffman, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. Tim Manchin, Delegate, West Virginia Legislature
Mr. Doug Facemire, State Senator, West Virginia Legislature, Gassaway, West Virginia

Panel 3
Dr. Tom Witt , Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, West Virginia University
Mr. Scott Rotruck, Vice President of Corporate Development & State Government Relations, Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mr. Kevin West, Managing Director, External Affairs, EQT Corporation
Mr. Don Garvin, Legislative Coordinator, West Virginia Environmental Council

MONDAY, November 14, 2011

Field hearing on the development of Marcellus Shale 

When: 10 a.m.    
Where: 7th Floor Courtroom of the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse, 300 Virginia Street East, Charleston 
What: Senator Manchin will hold a field hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee focused on Marcellus Shale gas development and production in West Virginia. 

Keynote address at the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Business Opportunity Session

When: 1:45 p.m. 
Where: Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston 
What: Senator Manchin will deliver a keynote address at NETL’s Business Opportunity Session.