Shale POWER Engages at Annual Shale Insight Conference

hosted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Erie, PA, September 28-30, 2021

September – October 2021

So many months saw us away from in-person conferences due to COVID-driven shutdowns, but the recent Shale Insight conference in Erie, PA, was a huge opportunity for the Shale POWER team and its manufacturers to engage directly with the energy industry.   

The Shale POWER leadership team and manufacturers engaged with the project were able to hear about the latest developments in the industry, network with decision-makers and suppliers with significant expertise in the industry and showcase some of the many innovations that our region’s manufacturers are making available to the energy industry.  

Shale POWER hosted a panel on the second day of the conference titled Strategic Local Sourcing Benefitting Shale and Manufacturing Companies Alike, which was co-hosted by Catalyst’s Petra Mitchell and Matt Henderson, with panelists:


Charlie Foy, President, HYTORC Penn Ohio


Phil Benner, President, Remote Intelligence


Bruce Kinney, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BelleFlex Technologies


Randall Stremmel, President, Pittsburgh Mineral & Environmental Technology


Ryan Vecchi, President, JV Manufacturing Co.


Craig Konkle, Terminal Manager, Compass Natural Gas

Of the plethora of breakout sessions, the Technology Showcase, on Wednesday afternoon, provided some of the most direct examples of innovative companies using the conference to gain exposure with the industry for their companies.  The session was sponsored by Repsol and opened with a presentation reinforcing the critical importance of innovation in solving the future energy-related challenges in our nation and around the world.  Shale POWER manufacturers were encouraged to apply to this forum and will have additional opportunities of this kind in 2022.  Please consider accessing the descriptions of the participating companies here

Our region’s manufacturers that are looking to enter or expand their footprint in the shale industry’s value chain could take away the following major conclusions from the event:

    1. The natural gas industry remains vibrant in the Appalachian region and continues to present opportunities to regional manufacturers to enter or expand in the supply chain.

      We must build upon the significant stake natural gas holds in the American economy not just as a vital energy source, but as a source of chemical building blocks for modern living.  This includes enhancing our industry’s close connection to the manufacturing sector – both in the region and across the nation.”  David Callahan, President, Marcellus Shale Coalition

    2. The role of innovation is as prominent as ever within the industry.  Throughout the conference, there were many references to the need to innovate around the emerging areas of ESG (environmental, social and governance), carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS), and hydrogen production and transport.  In addition, many traditional areas of innovation continue to receive attention from the industry, including safety and geology.  The entire conference schedule, with summaries of the major topics can be found here.

      “We’ve continued to push what is possible through tremendous innovations and technological break throughs.” David Callahan, President, Marcellus Shale Coalition
    3. The industry remains very dynamic, with companies being bought and sold, employees changing companies, and suppliers needing to respond to their customers’ needs.  It can be a challenge to keep track of the moving parts.  But once a company has made a positive impact in the industry, it tends to get noticed and that success breeds success.  A challenging industry to navigate, but also a very rewarding and potentially lucrative industry to serve.

      This region’s historical ties to manufacturing demonstrate how – by using our state’s natural resources, strong workforce, and prime geographic location – we can strengthen the state economy and continue to deliver clean, relatable energy, creating more family sustaining jobs for the Commonwealth and the broader Appalachia region.”  David Callahan, President, Marcellus Shale Coalition

    For those of you who joined us at Shale Insight, we heard great things about your experience; you were able to enjoy the in-person event, make important business connections, and see the value in your engagement with Shale POWER.  For the rest of you, please make sure you are registered with Shale POWER and keep an eye out for the many additional high-return opportunities ahead.

    By: Katie Klaber

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