Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman Attends the Marcellus Shale Coalition Conference

09/07/2011

Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman is in Philadelphia today to attend the Marcellus Shale Coalition Conference.  The conference offers the chance to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Marcellus Shale, which, like the three major shale gas deposits in Texas, offers a plentiful supply of domestic natural gas to meet our nation’s energy needs.

"I'm pleased to be at the Marcellus Shale Coalition Conference in Philadelphia, the nations cradle of liberty. Like the Barnett shale, the Eagle Ford, and the Haynesville shale opportunities in Texas, the Marcellus shale can provide decades worth of clean burning, domestic sourced natural gas”, said Smitherman.  He continued: “Here today, I stand in solidarity with all those who support horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing as an efficient, environmentally friendly, time-tested means to recover vast quantities of natural gas to power our economy, produce jobs and reduce our dependence upon imports from OPEC countries that hate America.”

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Barry Smitherman is a fourth generation Texan appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Railroad Commission of Texas on July 8, 2011.  He currently serves on the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.  He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory panel on Federal Environmental Regulation and is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC) Board of Directors and the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment (ERE).