Rick Hiduk reports on a rousingly positive discussion that took place at a Think About Energy conference in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania last week.
Three energy experts with varying perspectives on how to best move the natural gas industry forward in Pennsylvania and the nation spoke to a packed house at Stonehedge Country Club in Wyoming County on June 21. The Think About Energy conference was hosted by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Back Mountain, Greater Wilkes-Barre and Greater Scranton chambers.
The event was sponsored by Cabot Oil & Gas, whose Bill desRosiers started the meeting by explaining the goal of the event as “putting an effort into helping people understand what energy means.”
Recurring themes during the two-hour event included the fact that energy production impacts everyone everyday, the sentiment that the public and politicians need a refresher course in the value and the value-added of energy production, and that what is happening in energy in Pennsylvania right now affects the country and the world more than ever before. They called on those living in energy producing counties to help them tell the story of how natural gas production has positively transformed the region.
“You are intimately familiar with this,” said Gene Barr, president and CEO of the PA Chamber of Business & Industry. “You live it every day.”
“It’s easier to explain it here where people can see it,” desRosiers agreed, noting that the concept is a harder sell in counties where there is no energy production.