Agricultural Sciences

Webinar to focus on U.S. chemical outlook, with a focus on Appalachian region

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Gains in U.S. chemical production, resulting from record-high oil and natural gas production, will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20.

In the webinar, Martha Gilchrist Moore, senior director of analysis and economics with the American Chemistry Council, will discuss past development as she provides an economic outlook for the U.S. chemical industry, with an emphasis on chemical investment in the Northeast.

“Despite a challenging global economy, chemical industry output in the U.S. is expected to increase in 2019 as key domestic end-use markets continue to expand,” Moore said. “U.S. chemical producers continue to maintain a competitive advantage as a result of surging supplies of natural gas and natural gas liquids from shale. New investments in shale-advantaged chemical capacity are changing the economic landscape across the U.S. and in the Appalachian region.” 

While free, registration for the webinar is necessary. Register by visiting the website or by calling 877-345-0691. For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at

The next presentation in Penn State Extension's shale-gas webinar series on July 18, “Sustainable Treatment Technologies for Oil and Gas Wastewater Management,” will feature Jerel Bogdan and Daniel Ertel, of Eureka Resources, who will discuss the challenges associated with operating oil and gas wastewater treatment systems. 

The presenters will cover pretreatment, crystallization, biological treatment, ion exchange and reverse osmosis systems. They also will address design, installation and long-term operations of distillate treatment, as well as challenges and solutions for the setup of the various unit processes.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, covering a variety of topics such as liquid natural gas; seismic testing; methane emissions; water use and quality; Marcellus and Utica basins; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.


Last Updated June 10, 2019