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Shale gas advisory committee member to lead Pennsylvania Environmental Council

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Davitt B. Woodwell
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An Indiana County man who also sits on several committees advising state agencies and others on Marcellus Shale issues was named president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Davitt B. Woodwell replaces Paul M. King, who is retiring July 1, according to a news release.

A graduate of both the University of Pittsburgh and its School of Law, Woodwell is a member of the DCNR Natural Gas Advisory Committee, the DCNR Ecosystem Management Advisory Committee and the Center for Sustainable Shale Development Standards and Evaluation Committee, the release states.

Woodwell also served as a member of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Shale Gas Roundtable and the Allegheny County Air Pollution Control Advisory Committee. He also participated in the Department of Environmental Protection's regulatory negotiation on the special protection waters program. He was appointed by then-Gov. Tom Ridge to serve on the Governor's Commission on Greenways.

Woodwell has spent 12 years as the vice president of PEC's Western Pennsylvania office in Pittsburgh. He began his career as a staff attorney at PEC in 1993 and served in several positions during his tenure at PEC.

According to its mission statement, "the Pennsylvania Environmental Council protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians."

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