PITTSBURGH —Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer announced his retirement Thursday after nearly 40-years of service to the natural gas industry, the past seven years leading the Coalition, during the organization’s winter virtual membership meeting.

Bradford native David Callahan, who most recently was a vice president with JKLM Energy and has served as vice chair of the MSC’s executive board, will succeed Spigelmyer in the leadership role.

“It’s been an honor of a lifetime to lead this organization alongside our talented staff and with the full-support and trust from our members. When we formed the MSC over a decade ago, we saw the generational opportunity that natural gas presented the Commonwealth,” Spigelmyer said. “I’m proud of our work that’s allowed all Pennsylvanians to realize shale’s many benefits.”

He explained the benefits that have come from the shale.

“Natural gas development has delivered commodity prices in Pennsylvania that are less than half of what they were a dozen years ago and is generating widespread economic opportunity, a cleaner, healthier climate, and lifting billions around the world out of energy poverty,” he said.

Under Spigelmyer’s leadership, the MSC has remained one of the country’s leading voices on American shale development. He was instrumental in the organization’s 2009 formation and served as board chair prior to assuming his role in 2013.

Callahan joined the MSC from JKLM Energy, where he was vice president, external affairs. Callahan has been involved with the MSC since its founding, serving in numerous board and committee capacities as well as the lead government affairs staff role. Prior to JKLM Energy, Callahan was a vice president at MarkWest Energy Partners, vice president of the MSC and has served in API Pennsylvania leadership roles.

“Thanks to Dave Spigelmyer’s leadership, the MSC is an effective, well-run organization that puts our members’ advocacy goals and people first,” Callahan said. “I’m honored to have the confidence and trust of MSC’s members and look forward to leading this organization’s next chapter focused on broadening the economic and environmental opportunities made possible by natural gas.”

Callahan is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University. He will assume the MSC president role on Feb. 1.

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