New Castle News

March 17, 2012

Shale speaker set for SRU

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — John Applegath, vice president of Range Resources’ southern Marcellus Shale division, will speak at Slippery Rock University March 27.

Applegath will give the “Success Starts Here” address on campus at 12:30 p.m., March 27, a continuation of the series’ focus on Marcellus Shale expansion.

Applegath will speak in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium.

John Buttermore, assistant professor in the School of Business, and program organizer, said the campus’ Marcellus Shale series was prompted by alumnus Anthony Cialella of New Castle, who sits on the School of Business Advisory Council.

“We decided this newly expanding industry was worth bringing to students as a way of getting them interested and involved in a business area that will certainly be a growth industry in Pennsylvania and other areas of the country for the coming decades,” Buttermore said.

Applegath joined Range Resources in 2011, but started his career in the oil and gas business in 1971, initially working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, he has been an engineer, manager or executive working both domestic and international operations.

 rom 1998 to 2001, Applegath and his wife, Suzan, lived in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he was president of Basic Resources. Following his retirement from Anadarko in 2003, he became an independent oilman and consultant working primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.

He joined Range Resources as vice president for drilling so that he could move to Pennsylvania to become involved with the Marcellus Shale development.

Many see the recovery of natural gas from Marcellus Shale wells as helping the U.S. become energy independent.

Drilling has already dramatically reduced the cost of natural gas and is allowing a number of companies, including electric power plants, to switch from burning coal to natural gas.

There is also work under way to move vehicles to using natural gas instead of diesel or gasoline. Drilling, and peripheral operations, in Marcellus Shale fields is expected to generate thousands of job opportunities.

Slippery Rock’s free, ongoing School of Business series focuses on successful regional businesses as a way of encouraging students and others to consider starting businesses or pursing careers in western Pennsylvania.