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Annual shale energy industry event returns to its roots

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ERIE, Pennsylvania — The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the premier energy industry trade association in the country, didn’t pick this Northwestern Pennsylvania location for its stunning Great Lake sunsets. But it doesn’t hurt that the views at the Bayfront Convention Center, where its annual Shale Insight event is held, are spectacular.

Dave Callahan, the new president of MSC, said it was time to move the event out of the bigger cities of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to cities like Erie because of the outsize positive impact they have in guiding the industry to the future.

“Erie and counties along the top tier of this state have historically been these manufacturing powerhouses that have contributed to the birth of the energy industry here 100 years ago and into today," Callahan said. "We picked Erie to highlight that importance and highlight the opportunities here for downstream manufacturing."

This week's event marks the first time the industry has moved its huge event out of Pittsburgh. Callahan is diplomatic about how years of hostility from former Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto contributed to the exit.

This week, the city of Erie will reap the benefits of industry leaders from across the country enjoying the sites, eateries, and bay-front views of this Midwestern town.

Last year, Shale Insight was virtual only, given the restrictions of the pandemic. However, it is the largest natural gas industry event in the mid-Atlantic and is a........

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