Bert Sterbutzel (L) of T & B Excavating catches up with Blue Mountain Equipment Rental Corporation’s Jim Osborne.
The 2011 Tri-County Oil & Gas Expo was held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Washington, Pa., on May 21. The event is designed to advance the lines of communication between citizens and professionals involved with the business development generated by the Marcellus Shale play. The event focuses on opportunities in Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, as well as the entire region.
According to Tri-County Oil & Gas Executive Committee Member Andrew M. Corfont, the idea to hold the event was introduced by Community Bank and developed into a cooperative venture made up of representatives from local government, private businesses and educational institutions. The main purpose of the event is to educate and assist local businesses in becoming involved with opportunities stemming from the Marcellus Shale play.
New technologies now make it possible to produce vast quantities of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation that underlies most of Southwestern Pennsylvania, according to the event Web site. This development has created historic opportunity for the citizens of Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, as well as the broader region.
“All of us are anxious to participate in this giant economic wave. We face the prospects of new wealth, yet we also face the challenges of responsible production and sensible stewardship,” the Web site said.
The 2011 Tri-County Oil & Gas Expo was the third annual event and each year the event has grown in both exhibitors and attendees. The first event was held at the Greene County Fairgrounds but it has since outgrown that location and moved to the Washington County Fairgrounds.
The 2011 event attracted more than 300 exhibitors and drew 2,000 to 3,000 attendees, up from 16 exhibitors in its first year.
As well as the Tri-County Oil & Gas Expo, the group also holds an Employment Expo, a Health & Safety Summit Expo and an Education Summit Expo.
Major sponsors for the expo include Range Resources, Consol Energy and Fairmont Supply Company.
For more information, visit http://tricountyoilandgasexpo.com.