Viewpoint: What will 2019 be like for natural gas?

December 28, 2018 | by Kathryn Klaber

If you were reading this column 10 years ago, at the dawn of 2009, would you have believed a prediction that Appalachia would be producing about 40 percent of the nation's natural gas, on track for a record 31.5 billion cubic feet per day in January 2019, and that Pennsylvania's production would rank second only to Texas? Would you have fathomed that production would be spurring multi-billion-dollar manufacturing plants here and geopolitical leverage for the U.S. abroad? Those would have been bold predictions at the time, yet they have come to pass. I will make more modest observations about what 2019 will bring, then advance a few aspirational views of our energy future.

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Kathryn Klaber

About Kathryn Klaber

Ms. Klaber most recently served as the Marcellus Shale Coalition's CEO, where she worked on behalf of the organization's 300 member companies with elected leaders, regulators and the civic community to advance responsible shale development, and the enhancement of the region's economy and environment. Under her leadership, the MSC grew from a brand new entity aiming to help secure its members' license to operate, to the leading industry group across Appalachia which is now producing 18% of the nation's natural gas.

Prior to joining the MSC, Ms. Klaber served as Executive Vice President for Competitiveness at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League – roles that focused on sustainable prosperity for Pennsylvania. During the first decade of her career, Ms. Klaber worked for the international environmental, health and safety consulting firm Environmental Resources Management, first at the company's headquarters in Philadelphia, then in her native Pittsburgh.

A lifelong Pennsylvanian, she earned her undergraduate degree in environmental science from Bucknell University and her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she received the Enterprise Award for Entrepreneurship.