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Sept. 21, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU plans Marcellus Shale lectures

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's School of Business continues its series examining Marcellus Shale job opportunities in the western Pennsylvania region with two upcoming programs.

The free, 12:30 p.m. sessions will be in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall and are co-sponsored by SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences and the SRU Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator.

The Oct. 2 session will offer a panel discussion focused on "Safety and the Environment." The Nov. 13 session is titled "Supply Community and the Ripple Effect in the Regional Economy."

Panelists for the opening program are Sean DeCristoforo and Ralph Tijerina with Anthony Cialella serving as moderator.

DeCristoforo is the Eastern Regional environmental health and safety manager for Advanced Waste Services, a fluids recycler and site service provider to the oil and gas industry and other business sectors. He is a 2002 SRU safety and environment management graduate.

DeCristoforo has 12 years experience as an EHS professional. He began his career with General Electric as a safety specialist. Prior to joining Advanced Waste Services, he was a safety engineer for AK Steel's Butler location.

Tijerina, vice president for safety and environment at Range Resources, has more than 34 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with 29 years in managerial roles, including operations, manufacturing, procurement and logistics, regional budgeting and planning, quality and health and safety environment.

Tijerina has more than 18 years international experience, including work in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in technology leadership and supervision, occupational technology at the University of Houston. He is a BCSP certified safety professional and holds certification in safety management and the executive program for safety management from the American Society of Safety Engineers.

He is a co-author of the "Trapped Annular Pressure Mitigation - A Spacer Fluid That Shrinks" paper that assess the aspects of operations from a health safety and environmental perspective.

Cialella, vice president for energy services at Advanced Waste Services and a 1992 SRU finance graduate, will serve as moderator. Cialella is a member of the SRU School of Business Advisory Council and was instrumental in helping create the series.

"We are extremely pleased our advisory council has been so involved with programming," said John Buttermore, assistant professor in SRU's School of Business. "Their work is helping bring topics of the day to campus, and we believe, providing our student the latest up-to-date information which we think they will be able to use in charting their own careers as well as understanding how businesses can take advantage of new technologies and newly found resources."

Marcellus shale extends throughout much of Pennsylvania, as well as into Ohio, New York and West Virginia. Natural gas drawn from the shale is being touted as an alternative energy resource to oil - and gasoline. Estimates of recoverable natural gas trapped in the deep shale deposits have been as high as 500-trillion cubic feet.

It's been estimated that up to 211,000 jobs directly and indirectly related to Marcellus shale will be created in the coming decade as drilling and recovery operations come to the commonwealth.

The drilling process involves standard oil and gas drilling and then adds horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing to release the trapped gas.

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