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Oct. 19, 2012
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Shale panel examines ripple effect

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Supply Community and the Ripple Effect in the Regional Economy" will be the discussion topic when a three-member panel of experts assembles at Slippery Rock University Nov. 13 as part of the University's School of Business ongoing examination of Marcellus Shale development in the region.

The program has previously examined safety and environmental issues concerning Marcellus Shale well drilling and the potential for job growth, not only those positions directly tied to the drilling, but to jobs in related areas, including well servicing, resultant pipeline construction and operations, as well opportunities in schools, retail and wholesale businesses, and general service industries.

The free, 12:30 p.m. session will be the Advanced Technology and Science Hall and is co-sponsored by SRU's School of Business Advisory Council.

Panelists for the session will be:

  • Luke Marsh, Marcellus/Utica program leader with AMEC;

  • Russell Huffmyer, lead project manager with Heckmann Corp., and

  • Amelia Roncone, general manager with the northeast division of Specialty Oilfield Solutions.

Anthony 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 advisory council and was instrumental in helping create the series.

Marsh has more than 12 years of diverse environmental consulting experience throughout the United States.

AMEC is one of the world's leading engineering, project management and consultancy companies with more than 29,000 employees located in 40 countries.

Marsh is responsible for managing current key client relationships as well as developing new strategic relationships within the Marcellus/Utica shale region of the U.S. He is also responsible for utilizing AMEC's resources to provide innovative high-valued solutions to its clients, and for balancing local execution with global capabilities.

He has extensive upstream and midstream experience acquiring federal, state and local permits, conducting detailed environmental site assessments, wetland/water body determinations, preparing environmental impact statements, supervision of waste site clean-up activities, including emergency response, soil and groundwater investigations and various levels of coordination with regulatory agencies.

Prior to joining AMEC, Marsh worked for an international pipeline engineering company where he was responsible for preparing the environmental portions of feasibility studies as well as managing the environmental/regulatory portions of projects.

He has been involved with projects of various sizes, some projects have been greater than 600-miles in length and some have been less than 1,000-feet.

Huffmyer was a jet engine mechanic for the F-16 and the KC-135 with the U.S. Air Force, while studying at the University of Pittsburgh to earn his bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He joined Heckmann as a project manager during his senior year and now manages two other project mangers and handles projects ranging from drilling injection wells, design and construction of unloading facilities for water trucks, truck staging yards, maintenance garages, office buildings and performs work related to property acquisitions.

Roncone joined Specialty Oilfield Solution at its inception and has played a major role in the growth of its northeast drilling fluids and solids control operations.

Prior to joining SOS, Roncone had served as a registered neurovascular intensive care nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Her work has included catering hot meals to drill sites and frack crews and is still part of her schedule.

Roncone earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Waynesburg University.

She is a member of the board for a number of organizations, including Junior Achievement. She recently launched a subsidiary group dedicated to women in the oil and gas industry titled Young Professional Women in Energy, which has a mission to empower women to lead and succeed in the field.

She was named to the "2012 Edition of Who's Who among Executives and Professionals."

"Drilling in the Marcellus fields is resulting in thousands of new jobs from new and expanded pipe mills to restaurants, barber and beauty shops, home remodeling and construction and a ton of other opportunities," said John Buttermore, assistant professor in SRU's School of Business. "This panel discussion should give those attending new ideas and opportunities to see how they too might benefit."

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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