A WHO'S WHO of Pennsylvania's emergent natural-gas industry will meet in Philadelphia today and tomorrow to talk about a shale-gas boom that supporters say has boosted domestic energy supplies while creating tens of thousands of jobs. Drilling opponents, meanwhile, are planning a rival event.
An industry trade group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, expects 1,600 attendees at its inaugural Shale Gas Insight conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The sold-out event will include presentations by the CEOs of several major drilling companies, as well as speeches by Gov. Corbett and his two immediate predecessors, Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge, all of whom have been supporters of an industry that's grown exponentially since the first successful Marcellus well was drilled in Pennsylvania in 2004.