November 09, 2011

Spotlight on Marcellus: Manchin to Bring Senate Energy Committee to Charleston to Highlight Tremendous Potential of Marcellus Shale

Manchin’s first field hearing will focus on developing ‘game-changing’ energy resources and opportunities to create good jobs

Experts to offer testimony to address economic, safety and environmental concerns 

Charleston, W.Va.— The incredible potential of the Marcellus Shale – along with the challenges its development poses – will be the topic of a Congressional field hearing on Nov. 14 when U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) brings the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Charleston, West Virginia for his first-ever field hearing. 

“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 list of witnesses will be available later in the week. 

Senator Manchin will be available to speak with members of the media following the hearing. 

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.