Some say there are too many industry organizations that have been formed in the wake of the Marcellus Shale play and ask “why do we need one more?” However, the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented by Marcellus Shale affects not only the energy industry, but all businesses in the Commonwealth. The Delaware Valley Marcellus Association (DVMA) was therefore created to serve a different constituency.
The DVMA is different from all other organizations created since new technologies unlocked untold volumes of natural gas in the region for two reasons. First, the DVMA takes a broad view by creating a forum to educate, communicate, and connect the business community, which is affected by natural gas that is recovered and commercialized, even if it is not directly involved in the oil and gas industry.
Second, the DVMA focuses primarily on businesses in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, many of which have yet to appreciate how economic changes wrought by the Marcellus Shale play will directly affect the business climate of this region. It will also affect the ability of its businesses to not only survive but to prosper, and thereby grow the economy of the entire Delaware Valley.
Because it represents local residents who are stewards of the local economy and the ecosystem in which we all live, the DVMA understands the need to view the long-term health of our region – both economic and environmental – as dependent upon how effectively we promote the responsible and sustainable growth of the Marcellus Shale. The Association will thereby foster the economy of the Delaware Valley and safeguard its water supply for present and future generations.