John Hanger, Former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, to Speak at the 2012 Pennsylvania Energy and Manufacturing Summit

Summit Speaking Lineup to Include Key Political, Business and Labor Leaders; Experts to Discuss National Significance of Energy in Upcoming Election

Pittsburgh, PA —Today, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) announced that John Hanger, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and former Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission will join a line-up of key labor and business leaders and local, state and national public officials, to speak on behalf of the Obama 2012 campaign at the CEA 2012 Energy and Manufacturing Summit at the Circuit Center in Pittsburgh, PA on September 10th, 2012 at 8:30am. Industry experts and public officials will lead a discussion on the importance of responsible energy production in the region and its impacts on Pennsylvania’s and the nation’s future economy, manufacturing and job growth opportunities.

“I am pleased to be participating in CEA’s 2012 Pennsylvania’s Energy & Manufacturing Summit and look forward to contributing to the critical dialogue surrounding shale gas development,” said John Hanger. “This event will serve as an excellent opportunity for labor and business to come together to generate thoughtful discussion about the best way to utilize the region’s vast natural resources to promote American energy independence and diversify our energy resources.”

Also speaking at the event are members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation including Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) and Pennsylvania Congressman Mark Critz (D-PA-12).

“This summit presents an extraordinary opportunity to bring together various diverse interests to discuss how we can promote the nation’s energy resources – and the responsible production of shale reserves like the Marcellus formation – for the security of America and for the health of our economy. If done responsibly, these resources will continue to change the energy outlook in the country, as well as generating tremendous economic benefits to Western Pennsylvania and the nation,” said Congressman Mark Critz.

“With abundant resources in coal and natural gas, energy equals jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Congressman Tim Murphy, founder of the Natural Gas Caucus and Chair of the Congressional Steel Caucus. “That’s why I’ve introduced the bipartisan Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act, a bill to unleash our nation’s energy sector and put families back to work. In addition to creating thousands of Pennsylvania jobs, my legislation would lower energy prices, generate trillions in new federal revenues, and fund critical construction projects so we can repair our state’s aging bridges and roadways. I look forward to joining members of both parties in this forum to discuss ways we can move our nation forward.”

Mike Mikus, Director of CEA Mid-Atlantic added, “We are pleased to co-host the Pennsylvania Energy and Manufacturing Summit with DOW, Bayer Material Science, US Steel, the IBEW Local 5, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) and the United Steelworkers. With our stirring lineup of speakers, we look forward to highlighting the region’s new energy-based economy and discussing the importance of responsible energy development in the context of jobs, the economy, increased energy security and U.S. competitiveness.”

2012 Pennsylvania Energy & Manufacturing Summit speakers include:

  • John Hanger, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Leo Gerard, International President, U.S. Steelworkers (invited)
  • U.S. Representative. Mark Critz (D)
  • U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R)
  • Pennsylvania State Rep. Eli Evankovich (R)
  • Pennsylvania State Sen. Tim Solobay (D)
  • Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (D)
  • Beaver County Commissioner Joe Spanik (D)
  • Washington  County Commissioner Larry Maggi (D)
  • James Kunz, Business Manager, Union of Operating Engineers 66
  • Speaker TBA, U.S. Steel
  • Speaker TBA, Bayer Material Science
  • David Holt, President, Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Andrew
    Browning, Executive Vice President, Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Michael Whatley, Executive Vice President, Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Mike Mikus, Director of Consumer Energy Alliance Mid-Atlantic


The event will take place at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Circuit Center located at 5 Hot Metal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Registration begins at 8:30AM ET with the Summit ending at 12:15PM ET.


Members of the national, state and local media are strongly encouraged to attend. The Summit is open to the public. Attendance is free, but registration is encouraged.