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CHAIRMAN'S NOTE


LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT


BY K. SCOTT ROY, Chairman, Marcellus Shale Coalition I


n my inaugural MQ column, I had the pleasure of highlighting United Shale Advocates—a grassroots initiative providing supporters of responsible shale development with a platform to share their unique stories and directly engage policymakers.


Over the past few months, I’m proud to report that this broad-based effort is driving impactful results. And while we’ve made early and sizable strides on this important front, there’s much more that we, collectively, must do to ensure that policymakers at all levels of government—especially in Harrisburg—continue to hear the constant drumbeat of positive stories about how shale is benefiting communities and individuals across Pennsylvania.


To date, more than 13,000 have visited www.unitedshaleadvocates.com and taken some form of action. As many of you know, more than 3,000 shale advocates attended the Pennsylvania Jobs, Pennsylvania Energy rally in Harrisburg on May 6, which was a huge and shared success by all measures.


BUT WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED.


Over the coming months and beyond, United Shale Advocates will host regional and local outreach events aimed at further engaging communities and individuals who are seeing the Marcellus multiplier at work firsthand.


It is critical that we leverage the success of the Pennsylvania Jobs, Pennsylvania Energy rally—keeping a steady drumbeat of action and advocacy front and center as legislative proposals advance that could unnecessarily hamper shale development, harm job growth and slow economic activity in the Commonwealth.


United Shale Advocates’ success relies on teamwork. When individuals come together—around a shared goal, with a unified voice—the potential for results is without limit. We likewise know this to be true as it relates to the business, engineering and mechanics of shale production. As this edition explores, it takes a concerted effort from midstream partners and countless others to safely get this resource to end users.


It requires a commitment to best operational


practices, conservation and community engagement to realize the shared goals of environmental stewardship, economic growth and heightened energy security. And common-sense, predictable policies that


encourage


these opportunities are crucial to getting this generational opportunity right.


Organizationally, we have a dedicated and committed team at the Marcellus Shale Coalition who work tirelessly on behalf of our membership. While much of their work may go unnoticed, their dedication helps ensure that the MSC remains the industry’s voice both in Harrisburg as well as in communities where we all work and live.


As Pennsylvania’s contribution to our nation’s shale


production continues to reach record levels, the work of the MSC—on behalf of you all—has never been more important.


Thank you for your continued commitment ... and enjoy the summer months.


To date, more than 13,000 have visited www.unitedshaleadvocates.com and taken some form of action. As many of you know, more than 3,000 shale advocates attended the Pennsylvania Jobs, Pennsylvania Energy rally in Harrisburg on May 6, which was a huge and shared success by all measures.


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