Kathryn Klaber, departing from MSC, discusses state’s natural gas

Kathryn Klaber is the first CEO of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. - (Photo / Submitted)

Marcellus Shale Coalition CEO Kathryn Klaber said she plans to leave the organization in the coming months as the group’s leadership launches a formal search for her successor.

Klaber, the coalition’s first CEO, expects a decision to be made around October.

“I think there’s more than ample opportunity for those who have been in the oil and gas industry as it’s grown over the last few years to continue to be part of that economic renaissance for Pennsylvania,” Klaber said of what she’ll do next.

Klaber recently spoke with the Business Journal about her start with the coalition, why she is leaving, what some of the top accomplishments have been and what’s been learned on the public relations front in the past few years.

Q: Why had you decided to take this job in the first place?

A: Actually, it was the end of 2006 when I first heard about the Marcellus Shale and talked to someone who had moved to the area to get involved in developing it. And as a native of western Pennsylvania, and someone who had worked in various aspects of energy issues over my career, you can imagine how that piqued my interest professionally and personally.

So why say you will leave at this particular time?

It was a joint discussion between the leadership of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and me, and we talked about where we needed the organization to go, and I think there is a lot of satisfaction and support for what we’ve built. That is one of the main reasons that, yes, the timing seemed right. There isn’t a whole lot of additional building to do.

We do an annual strategic planning process, and as we are going into the 2014 plan, I will certainly be in a position, and already have, to help kick that off. But we thought it was important to not be too deep into the beginning of a new year without giving my successor the opportunity to help give input into that plan before it’s cast in stone.

Tell me a little bit about what recommended practices are and how they were developed.

I think the recommended practices have truly been one of the biggest contributions the Marcellus Shale Coalition has made to shale development in Pennsylvania. And I’m not surprised that you don’t see them out there all the time, because they are technical. They were never intended to be related to public relations as much as safe operations that then lead to trust and confidence in the industry.

Brent Burkey

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