updated 9/30/2010 12:46:18 PM ET 2010-09-30T16:46:18

FARMINGTON, Pa., Sept. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today industry leaders gathered for the Marcellus Shale Conference and Golf Tournament at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA. This event will be a cornerstone of the Marcellus Shale gas industry, providing a strong exchange of ideas, networking and support for environmental and conservation non-profit organizations. This event also marks the kick-off of the Nemacolin Institute, an organization created to provide state-of-the-art research and dialogue about Marcellus Shale and the role it plays in today's energy picture.

"We are very excited to be a part of the tremendous opportunity Marcellus Shale brings to our region and the country as a whole," says Dennis Noonan, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Nemacolin Woodlands. "This event and the creation of the Institute represents what is possible when a great group of people come together. Marcellus Shale is a game-changer for energy."    

The two days were packed with speakers including Former Governor Tom Ridge, NiSource CEO and AGA Chairman Bob Skaggs, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development Dennis Yablonsky and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection John Hanger. In attendance were numerous State and County officials, as well as Former Chairman of Pennsylvania's Public Utilities Commission Glenn Thomas.

In addition to the stellar speaker line up, golf legend John Daly and tour pro Justin Leonard joined the group for a world-class golf tournament on Nemacolin's PGA tour tested course Mystic Rock.

Joseph A Hardy, Founder of 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, and Maggie Hardy Magerko, President and Owner of 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, see what a tremendous opportunity the Marcellus Shale is for Pennsylvania and the United States. They are committed to help make a difference. Their vision and direction has led the team to create the event.

For more comprehensive corporate event or function information please visit Nemacolin Woodlands on our website www.nemacolin.com

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