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Spilman Attorneys Address Shale Gas Industry Leaders at Infrastructure Summit

Canonsburg, Pa. - Nearly 150 leaders from the shale gas industry, including energy companies, exploration and production companies, midstream operators, policymakers, and legal professionals, gathered today at the Marcellus & Utica - NGL & Shale Gas Infrastructure Summit 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg. A delegation of attorneys from Spilman participated in the conference, providing valuable perspectives and insights on legal concerns related to infrastructure and midstream developments in the shale gas plays.

This important, two-day conference, sponsored in part by Spilman, addresses the rapid infrastructure build-out and new market access necessitated by increased production in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. Topics of discussion included strategic, technical and regulatory issues involved with infrastructure development for processing, storage and pipeline takeaway.

Spilman attorneys Allyn G. Turner, M. Katherine Crockett, Barry A. Naum, James A. Walls, William M. Herlihy, Michael G. Connelly, Nathaniel C. Hunter, Peter R. Rich and Ronald W. Schuler led a preconference workshop, The Legal Landscape for Midstream Operators, which included information on the economic and environmental implications of rapid development for infrastructure firms. During the session, Spilman lawyers analyzed state and federal laws and regulations affecting midstream operations, with particular emphasis on recent developments in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

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