Approximately 300 people, including the general public, business owners and industry representatives, had the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at an active Marcellus Shale drilling rig as part of the EOG: B2B Network Day held Friday afternoon.
EOG Resources volunteered one of their well pad sites, located inside S.B. Elliott State Park in Clearfield County, during the event hosted by the DuBois Chamber Energy Committee and the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC).
"As a committee we came up with a list of deliverables to help assist in the industry, and one of them was to hold a networking event for local businesses to have some type of impact locally to create jobs and help businesses expand and grow, so that's where we got this idea," said Jamie Straub, CEO of CCEDC.
According to Straub, 250 tickets, at a cost of $20 each, were sold out within four days. The remaining individuals included media and invited guests.
The Business to Business event, referred to as "Picnic on the Well Pad," ran from noon to 3 p.m. and began with a catered cookout.
During the picnic several, speakers briefly addressed the crowd, including Governor Corbett's Energy Executive Patrick Henderson, State Representative Matt Gabler (R/Elk-Clearfield) and David Callahan of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
Henderson relayed that the governor understands how important this resource is for so many reasons, saying that the industry would create many jobs and provide an affordable and reliable source of energy for businesses, industries and homes.
"We finally have a chance to secure energy independence for the Commonwealth and for our nation so we don't keep sending dollars to places that don't like us very much and keep those dollars right here in our communities," Henderson said.
Callahan noted that the Marcellus Shale has the opportunity to be the number-one largest-producing gas field by 2020. At that time, according to Henderson, it could equal 25 percent of all gas production in the U.S.
Pick up a copy of the Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.