The Marcellus Shale natural gas development in Pennsylvania has been described by regulators and university studies as a source of clean-burning energy that can create more than 200,000 jobs while producing the equivalent of 87 billion gallons of oil. That is equal to 12 years worth of U.S. Energy consumption or enough natural gas to meet total U.S. gas demand for 20 years. A former Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently testified at a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission generic Marcellus Shale hearing that it “is the best economic news Pennsylvania has received in my lifetime.” Studies show it already has stimulated the Pennsylvania economy by $3.77 billion and has created 44,000 jobs.
HMS has been involved since the inception of the Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania, providing legal advice and representation to various industry stakeholders, including midstream/gatherer pipeline companies, water suppliers and wastewater treatment providers, as they take part in the development of this significant energy supply. In addition to its attorneys speaking on Marcellus Shale issues at symposiums, HMS has a long history and understanding of the natural gas industry and has formerly represented Local Distribution Companies and the former Pennsylvania Gas Association for over 20 years in financial, system and service matters. HMS also has long represented the water and wastewater industry in Pennsylvania, serving as counsel to the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association, the Capital Region Council of Governments and other significant ad hoc groups of wastewater system and water system owners. At the invitation of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, HMS has participated in a number of PA DEP work groups related to the regulation of the water industry.
Our available client services relative to Marcellus Shale activities include:
|Partner||Hawke McKeon & Sniscak LLP||2001 - Present|
|Associate||Malatesta Hawke & McKeon LLP||1995 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Lancaster Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Dauphin County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Widener University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1985|
|Public Utility Bar Association Bi-Annual Conference||State of Natural Gas Deregulation||2009|
|National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates Annual Conference||The Need for Standards of Conduct for Energy Utilities||2008|
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