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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Penn State Professor to Speak in Coudersport on Utica Shale

Dr. Terry Engelder is considered by most as the father of Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania. His research & calculations are behind the Marcellus shale boom. Hear what he has to say about the Utica Shale February 17th in Coudersport.

The Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center has arranged for an award-winning geoscientist as guest speaker for its next meeting. Dr. Terry Engelder’s presentation, “Utica Shale: Digging Deeper,” is especially timely, with large Utica Shale drilling projects on the drawing board in at least three sections of Potter County and in other parts of Pennsylvania. Marcellus Shale has been in the headlines for the past several years, but industry leaders say the Utica layer that’s beneath it -- more than two miles underground -- could be where the more intense local gas production takes place.

Dr. Engelder will speak at 7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Gunzburger Building on Main Street in Coudersport. 

“There are many things we do not know about the Utica Shale, but there are signs that it’s going to be a very productive source of natural gas in our region, so the more we know, the better prepared we can be,” said Natural Gas Resource Center Director Bob Veilleux.

Engelder is a geosciences professor at Penn State who was forecasting the national shale gas boom far ahead of his peers. His early declaration that shale gas will be “a historic game-changer in terms of America's energy portfolio" was initially met with skepticism. But the rest is history, even though it has been written in less than a decade. Dr. Engelder is a native of Wellsville, N.Y. He joined Penn State in 1985. Six major international energy companies subsidized some of the research he and his Penn State students conducted into hydrofracturing and shale production. His focus remains on science, but he has some personal opinions that he’ll share if asked. Engelder sees shale gas as an opportunity to sever U.S. dependence on foreign oil and produce cleaner energy. “We’ve enjoyed the energy from other places in the United States or other places in the world and, basically, it's our turn,” Engelder said. Veilleux said Dr. Engelder will leave time at the end of his presentation for questions from the audience.

Jim Clark, local Extension Educator and advisory board member for the Natural Gas Resource Center in Potter County, said, “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Engelder agree to speak in Coudersport. He is very busy man and presents lectures in many places around the country. This is a great educational opportunity for local residents.”

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Editor's Note: For background on Professor Engelder, read the story below:

The Marcellus Boom / Origins: the story of a professor, a gas driller and Wall Street
March 20, 2011

By Jonathan D. Silver
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Before Marcellus Shale became the second biggest natural gas field in the world and a household term in Pennsylvania, it was just another obscure, ancient rock layer.

But a convergence of Wall Street interests, corporate money and academia helped transform Marcellus almost overnight from rock to rock star, spurring predictions of a natural gas bounty in the U.S. and unleashing a massive land rush across the commonwealth.

Anchoring one end of the story of Marcellus Shale's migration from textbook nerd to the darling of prospectuses is Range Resources, the energy company that first successfully harvested gas from the rock, and two local boys -- president Jeffrey L. Ventura, who hails from Penn Hills, and Baldwin Borough native and University of Pittsburgh graduate William Zagorski, the company's vice president of technology.
Terry Engelder

At the other end is Terry Engelder, 65, a Penn State University geologist who calculated that mind-boggling amounts of natural gas could be extracted from the shale.

"It was almost an out-of-body experience to realize that there may be something here that was a real game changer in terms of America's energy portfolio," Mr. Engelder said.

Operating independently but on parallel paths, Range and Penn State presented back-to-back reports in December 2007 and January 2008, respectively, that put Marcellus on the map. Read more...


Anonymous said...

Lucky to land a guy like this to speak locally. Hope there's a good turnout.

Anonymous said...

follow the money

Anonymous said...

Maybe he should hold a sign that says "Listen to me, Melissa!"

Anonymous said...

6:15 I think you need to follow the money from the middle Eastern OIL sheikhs PAYING to spread the LIES to stop Production in this COUNTRY...