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MSC Interacts with PA Township Supervisors; the Benefits are Mutual


By Eric Cowden, Executive Editor


of township supervisors to discuss common issues, share best practices and network with state agencies and private industry representatives.


T Many may be aware that the Commonwealth of


Pennsylvania has 67 counties; fewer realize that the state boasts nearly 1,500 townships as well.


SOME INTRIGUING FACTS ABOUT OUR TOWNSHIPS: • The township is the oldest form of government in the United States. • Townships cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land area. • Keystone State townships are home to more than 5.5 million citizens—44 percent of the state’s population. • Diversity is the name of the game for Pennsylvania’s townships. They range from rural communities with fewer than 200 residents to suburban communities of more than 60,000 residents.


38 Marcellus Quarterly 2014


he 92nd annual Educational Conference and Trade Show for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, commonly referred to as the PSATS Conference, was held from April 20-23, 2014 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. This forum is a great opportunity for thousands


At the recent conference, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) hosted a booth staffed by a variety of dedicated volunteers from different operating and service MSC member companies. While working the booth, volunteers were asked a variety of questions: How do you protect the water? Do you do “frack- ing?” How does gas development impact me—I’m not in the Marcellus?


The discussions with township supervisors were overwhelm- ingly positive; hundreds signed the petition to “support shale gas development”—a domestic, abundant, clean source of energy—for Pennsylvania and the United States. Many were familiar with the economic benefits and the positive impacts on job creation that shale gas development brings. Volunteers also emphasized the long-term need for an educated workforce that provides the skills throughout all sectors of shale gas develop- ment—from resource extraction to the supply chain—to get the product to market.


Daria Fish, director of public affairs for Chief Oil & Gas and a longtime conference volunteer, called the event a “great op- portunity to meet or reconnect with representatives from state agencies.”


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