This is just me, but I still am a bit shocked reading stuff like that because when I wrote EnergyBurgh just a few years ago (or my use of the term a bit earlier here) the folks Downtown just wrote it off. 'quaint' or "that's old Pittsburgh" were about the most positive comments I got. The only energy stuff people really cared about for years was some focus on "clean coal" or coal related issues. No matter.
The article has some things of note. See were the ACCD went out of its way to say it was not trying to entice drillers to move to Pittsburgh from Houston. Not trying to attract firms must be some kinds of first in the history economic development/site selection marketing. It is a reflection of, or realization that Pennsylvania can't really handle more drilling and is barely able to sustain what is going on now.
Find the comment in that article about the Terrible Towel and the documentary Gasland. I would have paid to watch that exchange. Also a quote worth cogitating on from Katie Klaber:
“We’re answering the question ‘What will it take to be a modern shale state? ‘” Klaber said."Shale state"? A play on the iconic "oil-state" I guess? No hubris there. Funny how it does not feel like Saudi here although I am thinking there is some analogy to all the third country nationals that make up the workforce in a lot of oil nations. Interesting question as to whether we want to be a place like Saudi in the end and not the least bit ironic as Saudi itself looks to diversify away from oil. I did once go out of my way to visit the first oil well in the Persian Gulf which was in Bahrain, just a hop skip and a jump from Saudi. Had a museum with it that was only open a day a week, or a day a month.. something like that.
For my historian friends I should correct this post's title... is it EnergyBurgh 2.0, or 3.0... or even 4.0 at this point?