CANONSBURG, Pa. — More than 150 leaders from the Marcellus Shale gas industry, including energy companies, midstream operators, policymakers and legal professionals, gathered this week at the Marcellus NGL & Shale Gas Infrastructure Development Summit at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg.

A delegation of attorneys from the law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle participated in the Summit, joining industry leaders and policymakers to provide valuable perspectives and insights on legal concerns for development of the shale gas plays.

"We at Spilman are optimistic about the tremendous economic impact of the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays," explained Michael J. Basile, Spilman's managing member. "If this region is going to harness the full potential of the shale-drilling opportunity, we must begin to work together toward designing and planning mutually acceptable infrastructure solutions."

The two-day Summit, sponsored in part by Spilman addressed cost, capacity and ROI concerns for Marcellus infrastructure, plus critical issues surrounding the Marcellus Shale gas movement. The theme of the event is "Developing Multi-Stakeholder Strategies for Establishing the Infrastructure to Support Profitable Marcellus Development."

Spilman Thomas & Battle is a full-service law firm with more than 140 attorneys. Founded in 1864, Spilman has offices in Charleston, Morgantown and Wheeling, W.Va.; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Roanoke, Va.

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