The Marcellus Shale Coalition has been focusing a lot of attention on Philadelphia lately. It launched a new website aimed specifically at answering “the greater Philadelphia area’s” questions about natural gas drilling, and has been conducting focus groups in the city. Now, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the group has hired a new person to manage outreach in the Philadelphia area.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the natural gas industry trade group, is expanding its presence in Southeastern Pennsylvania by hiring Shari Williams, a former communications specialist at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the wife of State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D., Philadelphia).
Williams, who worked with the PUC for 17 years, led consumer education events on energy and utility issues in Eastern Pennsylvania. She will take on a new role with the shale coalition as outreach manager in the Philadelphia area, where the industry is stepping up efforts to address public apprehension with fracking, which takes place mostly in western and northern part of the state.
The hire comes about a month before the coalition’s annual “Shale Gas Insight” conference, which will be held September 20 and 21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.