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2018 Drake’s Well Petroleum Series

Sponsored by Friends of Drake Well, Inc., Crawford Heritage Community Foundation, Keystone Community Education Center & the NW PA Oil & Gas Hub, Oil Region Alliance, Titusville Community Development Agency, and American Desk & Derrick Club
Adults (12-64 years) $5.00
Seniors (65+ years) $4.00
FDW Members & children under 12 No Charge

Drake Well Museum and Park

202 Museum Lane
Titusville, PA 16354
(814) 827-2797

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

3/1/18 – Shell Cracker Plant Project Overview: Presenter – Joe Minnitte, External Relations Advisor, Shell
• Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC is constructing a facility in Potter Township, PA, which will take locally sourced ethane and convert it into polyethylene pellets. These plastic pellets, will be sold to manufacturers, to produce everyday items like containers, toys, bottles and other household goods. The presentation will consist of a project overview including work done to date, current project status and a synopsis of the operational facility.

3/8/18 – The Well Tender: A Soldier’s Journey from Battlefield to Oilfield: Presenter – Roxanne Hitchcock, Historian

3/15/18 – Oil-It is Still God’s Given Gift: Presenter – Ken Baake, Associate Professor, English, Texas Tech University
• Oil as the fuel of modern society and industry has been closely linked to religious stories, beliefs, and practices for thousands of years. This presentation discusses newspaper articles, technical manuals, song lyrics, and other literature of the time to reveal how the discovery of oil supported the prevailing attitude among European settlers of America that this was the Promised Land, the New Jerusalem. Oil was God’s gift to help us realize our destiny after the Civil War. Mr. Baake’s research has taken him to the library of the Drake Well and Museum in Titusville to look at books and other written records of the late 19th century boom in that region. He concludes that this acceptance of oil as a gift from God makes it difficult even today to transition away to other fuels.

3/22/18 – Titusville Victorians: Presenter – William B. Moore, Historian
• William Moore has been researching the people of the Titusville area during the period 1860-1900 for 40 years. At first, he focused on the families of oil men–starting with Edwin Drake and including pioneers Brewer, Eveleth and Bissell. He then made a detour through the prostitutes and pimps like French Kate, Champagne Mamie and Ben Hogan, and next got around to builders and architects like Hiram Smith, Henry E. Wrigley, William Van Ulrich, Joseph M. Blackburn, John S. Coddington, and Enoch A. Curtis. For the last 5 years, he’s researched the families of Titusville High School graduates from its first 20 graduating classes, 1871-1890–a wide panorama indeed!–and just completed an article about the women of the oil aristocracy. He will single out a few interesting folks from each group, and talk about how he “found” them, what they did, and who they seem to have been as individuals.

3/29/18 – Solar Energy in NW PA: Presenter – John Purvis, President, Solar Revolution Erie

• Mr. Purvis will discuss Solar power, how it works and why it is more affordable now than ever

Summary of January 11, 2018 Regional Summit: Advancing the Petrochemical Industry Opportunities in NW PA
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Summit Feedback Survey
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DCED PowerPoint Presentation
Northeast Petrochemical Industry Market Outlook 2018
Forge the Future: Pennsylvania’s Path to an Advanced Energy-enabled Economy

Formation of the NWPA Oil and Gas Hub Taskforce
The NWPA Oil and Gas Hub is a collaborative professional resource partnership that exists to promote regional expansion and development of the petro-chemical industry for the economic revitalization of Northwest PA and the surrounding areas.

In 2009, the Hub began bringing together leaders of education, economic development, industry and local government. A plan was developed to provide: (1) information and programs needed to educate communities and businesses about the petro-chemical industry; (2) supply chain businesses with instruction on how to do business with oil and gas companies; and (3) facilitation of programs about the impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant (currently under construction in Monaca, PA) on manufacturing in PA.

Governor Wolf said, “Pennsylvania has a once-in-a generation opportunity to develop and implement a strategy that will cultivate a manufacturing renaissance and transform our economy across the Commonwealth. The foundation for building a diverse and robust petrochemical and plastics industry was initiated with the decision by Shell Chemicals to invest in Pennsylvania-and we must ensure that we make the most of this chance to create good paying jobs for Pennsylvanians.”

The Time for Action is NOW!
The recently released IHS Markit study and report, Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing, was commissioned by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation in partnership with DCED. It was designed to help Pennsylvania maximize the in-state economic benefits of PA’s natural gas resources to generate new, high paying manufacturing jobs, attract investment, grow the supply chain and output in the plastics sector, and generate state and local revenue.
From this report we know:

  • 10,000 unconventional wells drilled in PA
  • PA is the 2nd largest producer of natural gas in the US
  • $12 Billion Pipeline Buildout (8 major)
  • Shell Cracker Plant construction in Beaver County with the potential for 3 – 4 additional plants in the tri-state region of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • 30% cost advantage for ethane compared to the US Gulf Coast by 2030
  • HDPE and LLDPE use in Western PA
  • PA proximity to end users of polyethylene

What Is Being Done to Capitalize on This Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity?

Since inception, the Hub has hosted numerous events to support those efforts. Most recently in March 2017, the Hub hosted a sold-out (over 400 attendees) forum featuring speakers from SW Louisiana, PA DCED, PIOGA and the Marcellus Shale Coalition called the “Regional Impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant on Western PA”. This highly successful event focused on educating attendees about the opportunities ahead for PA businesses and communities with the construction of the Shell Cracker Plant located in Monaca (Beaver County), PA.

Building on that momentum, Hub partners have continued to meet to redefine the mission and develop a regional strategic plan with short- and long-terms goals to realize the maximum benefit of this investment for Pennsylvania businesses, citizens, and communities.

How is the HUB doing this?
What can you do to support Hub goals?

  • Inform yourself and others about the industry and the opportunities available.
  • Collaborate with the Hub and its partners.
  • Engage with the Hub by participating in events.
  • Share the message. Support and promote the Hub.
  • Fund Hub efforts.If you are interested in connecting with the NW Oil and Gas Hub please contact:
    Lance Hummer, (814) 677-4427,
    Deb Lutz, (814) 673-5654,


Video of our March 8th – Regional Impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant On NW PA is now available on youtube! Our sincere thanks to Stream Entertainment for making this available!

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March 8, 2017: Regional Impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant on Western PA
From: 9AM to 4PM (Registration: 8-9AM)
Location: Cross Creek Resort, 3815 State Rt. 8 Titusville, PA 16354
Cost: $65/person or $50/person if registering in a group of 2 or more.

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