Oct. 22--A former Chesapeake Energy executive has been named president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
David Spigelmyer, whose job as vice president of Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s Appalachia division was eliminated in a corporate restructuring, takes the post at the state's most significant trade association for the natural gas industry.
He replaces Kathryn Klaber, who has held the post for the four years of the group's existence.
Mr. Spigelmyer said he will continue to speak to the economic and national security benefits of natural gas development in Pennsylvania, a pitch that will include the potential for natural gas to spur a rebirth in manufacturing and the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.
"We've gone from producing 25 percent of the natural gas the state uses to producing 10 percent of what America consumes," he said.
The Pittsburgh-based coalition will also work to ensure regulations "that challenge us with rigor" but allow the industry to continue investment in the state.
Mr. Spigelmyer was a charter member and a founder of the Marcellus Shale Coalition in 2009, as Chesapeake began as a natural gas giant in the nation and the state.
On a corporate level, the heavily leveraged company became the subject of several regulatory investigations. Recently, Chesapeake paid $7.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the company underpaid gas royalties to leaseholders who said Chesapeake was unjustly withholding their royalties to cover the company's post-production costs.
While part of the coalition's charge is to promote a positive image of the industry, Mr. Spigelmyer declined to comment on how situations involving his former employer reflect on the industry's image.
He is a native of Clearfield County and a graduate of Penn State University. Before his time at Chesapeake, he worked with EQT Corp. and Dominion Resources. He lives in southwestern Pennsylvania with his wife, Francie. They have two sons.
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