Infrastructure means many things to many people. Infrastructure spans the spectrum from our transportation network to water delivery and from telecommunications to energy. In the current low –price environment of natural gas, there is no better opportunity to leverage the low-cost abundant fuel source. Alongside the robust productions of natural gas comes additional “natural gas liquid” (NGL) resources. With the proper infrastructure in place, our electric generators, industrial users, businesses and homes can leverage these abundant fuels.
November 20, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Bodek Hall
Scott is a partner with Quantum Communications, a Pennsylvania-based strategic communications firm. Scott heads Quantum’s energy and environmental practice. He has led communications and government affairs campaigns for energy producers, midstream and distribution companies, and energy trade associations at both the state and national levels. Scott also serves on the annual Penn State Natural Gas Utilization Conference’s Planning Committee.
For more than a dozen years Scott has managed numerous communications campaigns, and has coordinated winning coalition-building efforts throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He is recognized as an expert on a wide variety of energy issues and as a strategic communications counselor.
Scott has served as an advocate and media spokesperson for a multitude of Quantum clients, and he counsels clients on media relations. He writes a regular public policy column for Keystone Business magazine.
With his communications, public policy and coalition building experience, Scott has also advised numerous political candidates for federal and state office.
Scott is a graduate of Elon University where he was a Presidential Scholar.
Pamela A. Witmer
Pennsylvania Public Utility
Pamela A. Witmer took the oath of office as a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner on June 30, 2011. She was nominated to serve as Commissioner by Gov. Tom Corbett on June 7, 2011, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on June 27, 2011. Commissioner Witmer’s term will expire April 1, 2016.
In February 2015, she was asked to serve on the Advisory Council for the North American Energy Standards Board. Witmer was also appointed to serve on the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council of the Federal Communications Commission and currently serves as an Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council representative to the Eastern Interconnection Planning Council’s Stakeholder Steering Committee.
In her confirmation hearing remarks, Witmer promised she would be a “strong, independent Commissioner, thinker and decision-maker on behalf of Pennsylvania’s consumers.”
Witmer most recently led the energy and environment practice for Harrisburg-based Bravo Group, a governmental and public relations firm. She also recently served on the Corbett Transition Team’s Energy & Environment Committee.
From 2000 to 2007, she was President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council, a trade association. She formerly served in the Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Tom Ridge as the lead legislative liaison, where she successfully steered legislation through the General Assembly to create the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. She also previously worked as a research analyst for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
In 2013, Commissioner Witmer was named as a trustee for Mansfield University. Commissioner Witmer has served as a member of Women in Pennsylvania Government Relations and the Pennsylvania Association for Government Relations, and has been involved with the Historical Society of East Hanover Township, the YMCA Youth and Government Program, and the Escape Center for Domestic Violence.
Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research (MCOR)
Tom Murphy is Director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research(MCOR). With 29 years of experience working with public officials, researchers, industry, government agencies, and landowners during his tenure with the Outreach branch of the University.
His work has centered on educational consultation in natural resource development, with an emphasis specifically in natural gas exploration and related topics for the last nine years. He lectures globally on natural gas development from shale, the economics driving the process, and its broad impacts including landowner and surface issues, environmental aspects, evolving drilling technologies, critical infrastructure, workforce assessment and training, local business expansion, resource utilization, and financial considerations.
MCOR’s mission is to pursue science-based research and understanding for the many issues surrounding the development of shale energy in PA and around the world. This ranges from environmental risk mitigation strategy, to legal and regulatory implications of energy development in local communities. As part of MCOR’s outreach, examining the role of “social license”, and its many components, is a vital feature of the shale dialogue prior to, and during the energy development phase.
In his role with MCOR, Tom provides leadership to a range of Penn State’s related Marcellus research activities and events. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of Penn State University.
Steamfitters Local 420
Anthony Gallagher was born in Darby Pennsylvania, the youngest of nine children. He graduated from Monsignor Bonner in Pennsylvania where he met Rose, his High School sweetheart. They have been married for 22 years and have three children: Casey, Meghan and Ryan.
The Steamfitter Industry was not a stranger to Anthony, as he had a great Mentor in his father, James Gallagher, who entered The Steamfitter’s in 1969. Thus in 1990, Anthony was proud to follow in the footsteps of his Father by entering Steamfitters Local Union 420’s five-year Apprenticeship Program, where he learned the values of hard work and loyalty.
Upon graduating from the program in 1995, Anthony worked in the field as a Steamfitter. He also held the positions of Welder, Mechanic, Steward and Foreman.
Anthony has had the privilege to serve local 420 in various positions as both an elected and an appointed official. He has represented Local 420 as Delegate to the 2001, 2006 and 2011 UA General Conventions. He has served on the By-Laws Committee, Executive Board, as Vice President and as President/Trustee.
In 2012 Anthony was appointed to the position of Business Agent. His territory included the Allentown, Lehigh Valley area.
In June of 2013, Anthony was elected by the Members of Steamfitters Local 420 to the office of Business Manager.
In his capacity as Business Manager, Anthony is proud to serve a membership of approximately 4500, with a Jurisdiction that encompasses the Delaware Valley area, which includes the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Reading and Lehigh Valley areas.
Anthony is a strong supporter of the Labor Movement and above all, has a deep commitment to his members in assuring them that they will receive a fair day’s wages for a fair day’s work.
Anthony serves Local 420 as Chairperson of the Joint Conference and Joint Pipe Fitting Apprentice Committees, the Negotiating Committee and is the Co-Chairman for all the Trust Funds of the Local.
On the Local Level, Anthony currently serves on the Executive Boards of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council.
On the State level, Anthony serves on the Executive Board for the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council.
On the International Level, Anthony has been appointed to serve on the National Pipe Line Negotiation Committee and to the Labor Management Committee to oversee the Service Industry for the United Association.
Benevolence being one of the cornerstones of Local Union 420, Anthony is proud to accept this honor on behalf of the Membership. It is through their contributions and hours of service that enables Anthony to accept this award.
Director of Marketing
UGI Energy Services
Dave has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and an Executive MBA from St. Joseph’s University. He has over 10 years’ experience in the energy industry including natural gas utility infrastructure design, power generation, generation dispatching, CHP design/build, and IT system deployments.
Dave is currently Director of Marketing at UGI Energy Services – a midstream and marketing company delivering over 100 BCF of natural gas annually to approximately 40,000 customer locations across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. UGI Energy Services is the project manager for the PennEast Pipeline currently in development with a planned delivery of over 1 BCF/day of natural gas to underserved markets in PA and NJ.
Cabot Oil and Gas
William DesRosiers currently serves as external affairs coordinator for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation in northeast Pennsylvania, building community knowledge and support. William also manages Cabot’s unique education and workforce development strategy in the region.
Prior to his current position, William was the original field director for Energy in Depth’s Northeast Marcellus campaign. In this capacity for two years, William worked to engage, educate and mobilize supporters of Marcellus Shale development across New York and Pennsylvania.
William DesRosiers received his B.S. in Management, B.A.in History and MBA from Misericordia University.
Senior Director for Policy
U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Energy Institute)
Heath Knakmuhs is senior director of policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Energy Institute). Knakmuhs studies, develops, and communicates strategic energy policies and initiatives with a focus on the electric power sector. He also examines the impact of regulatory action, marketbased factors, and emerging threats on the American electric grid.
In addition, Knakmuhs leveraged his policy expertise to help develop content and policy recommendations for the Energy Institute’s platform, Energy Works for US. He serves as the Energy Institute’s lead on electric generation, transmission, and distribution issues before Congress, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholder groups. Knakmuhs speaks regularly at energy forums, covering topics ranging from electric generation diversity, transmission and distribution infrastructure development, and emerging grid technologies, along with cyber and physical threats to the electric grid. He writes on energy issues, producing blog posts for the Institute, as well as policy and impact content for other Chamber materials. He has been published in Real Clear Energy.
Prior to the Chamber, Knakmuhs headed the Washington, D.C., office of the American Transmission Company. He was the company’s primary liaison with members of Congress, senators, and staff on Capitol Hill, and with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He was also the company’s primary representative before other stakeholder and industry groups with a federal presence. Concurrent with this position, Knakmuhs was an officer for WIRES, a trade association advocating for progressive electric transmission policy.
Earlier, Knakmuhs spent eight years in the practice of regulatory and appellate law for the global law firm Morgan Lewis in its Washington, D.C., office. He also spent one year clerking for two administrative law judges at FERC. Knakmuhs holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.