Waynesburg University hosted the 2012 Tri-County Oil & Gas Expo about alternative fuel solutions Friday, Nov. 16. The conference followed a theme of “The Future of ‘Fill it Up’…What’s in Your Tank?” and offered a variety of panels, speakers and vehicle demonstrations.
Morning sessions discussed the importance of being on the leading edge as a company and the momentum behind the future of alternative fuels. Participants heard from panelists representing organizations such as EQT, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, among others. State Sen. Tim Solobay served as moderator.
Chris Bova attended through his role with the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development, and found the information invaluable to current initiatives.
“In Westmoreland County, we’re looking to transition public transit to natural gas,” Bova said. “The event was beneficial to learn about more funding options with public and private sponsorships for fueling stations.”
During lunch, attendees listened to keynote speaker George Stark, the director of external affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas. His lecture provided an overview about the natural gas vehicle in Pennsylvania. According to Stark, the Commonwealth’s proximity to Marcellus provides it with a unique opportunity to expand its clean energy transportation options.
Stark acknowledged the value of holding an expo such as this in Greene County.
“Holding the event in Greene County helps further the outreach and education efforts necessary for leaders to know about the benefits of natural gas and utilizing it as a fuel source for vehicles,” Stark said.
Junior public relations major Hope Frick had the opportunity to assist with the day through her past internship and work with the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA).
“ANGA is a client of the public relations firm I interned with this summer,” Frick said. “During the summer, I represented ANGA like this at many events and it was great to be able to connect my internship at school because the University is located in the heart of natural gas territory. It is exciting to see how we are moving forward in the industry.”
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