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March 7, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab


 Success series continues Marcellus Shale focus

 SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – John Applegath, senior vice president of the southern Marcellus Shale division of Range Resources, will be Slippery Rock University School of Business’ next “Success Starts Here” speaker when he visits campus at 12:30 p.m., March 17, to continue the series focus on Marcellus Shale expansion.

            Applegath’s address will be delivered in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium

           “This year’s ‘Success Starts Here’ series is focused on the Marcellus Shale industry,” said John Buttermore, assistant professor in the School of Business and program organizer. “At the suggestion of SRU graduate Anthony Cialella, who is also a member of the School of Business’s Advisory Council, we decided this newly expanding industry was worth bringing to students as a way of getting them interested and involved in a business area that will certainly be a growth industry in Pennsylvania and other areas of the country for the coming decades.”

           Applegath joined Range Resources in 2011, but started his career in the oil and gas business in 1971, initially working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, he has been an engineer, manager or executive working both domestic and international operations.

            From 1998 to 2001, Applegath and his wife, Suzan, lived in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he served as president of Basic Resources. Following his retirement from Anadarko in 2003, he became an independent oilman and consultant working primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.

            He joined Range Resources as vice president for drilling so that he could move to Pennsylvania to get involved with the Marcellus Shale development.

           Many see the recovery of natural gas from Marcellus Shale wells as helping the U.S. become energy independent. Drilling has already dramatically reduced the cost of natural gas and is allowing a number of companies, including electric power plants, to switch from burning coal to natural gas. There is also work under way to move vehicles to using natural gas instead of diesel or gasoline. Drilling, and peripheral operations, in Marcellus Shale fields is expected to generate thousands of job opportunities.

           The free, ongoing School of Business series focuses on successful regional businesses as a way of encouraging students and others to consider starting businesses or pursing careers in western Pennsylvania.

            In February the series brought Joy Ruff, economic development community outreach manager for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, to campus to discuss development of Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania and provided a primer on how such drilling operations affect the local and regional economy. She also discussed employment opportunities directly and in-directly related to such drilling operations.

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