I am Scott Rotruck, Director of Energy & Transportation Services at Spilman Thomas & Battle. I am excited to serve as the new editor of this blog – focusing on the energy sector broadly, but with an immediate focus on oil and gas and its supply chain across the Marcellus and Utica Shales. These footprints align well with Spilman’s seven regional offices.
For the past several years, we have regularly posted industry news to this blog, and we will continue to do so. I hope to use my 37-year background in rail, truck and pipeline transportation, coupled with a long stint in regulatory and government relations in coal, natural gas and oil and now as an investor in solar, to encourage a diverse conversation. The ever-evolving topics of energy development and utilization are quite interesting, along with the economic, environmental and national security goals that must remain our guiding beacons.
I have had the wonderful privilege of diverse appointments by the last four West Virginia Governors to chair several key economic development entities. It has also been an honor to be on the founding board of the Power of 32, which focuses on community and economic development in 32 counties in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. I believe this gives me a unique perspective on the growing energy industry and all that it impacts.
I was also fortunate after working a few years as Economic Developer and Senior Advisor to the President at West Virginia University, to have taught a class for seniors, housed in the WVU College of Business & Economics. I learned a tremendous amount in those five years, which today I am hoping to repay for the privilege.
So what does that mean for Spilman and this energy-focused blog? I promise to try to facilitate the most inclusive conversations we can have toward the productive end of optimizing development of our great shale resources, while remaining true to the principle of developing an “all-of-the-above energy strategy.” I may share breaking news or a book I found of interest. I may share my thoughts on a recently passed law or an informative resource I think readers should tap into.
My promise focuses on three things….
- This blog will be timely.
- This blog will be succinct.
- This blog will be highly informative.
And, if there is a topic you would like to see addressed, please let me know. Information and insight are what Spilman can bring to the table. My goal is to provide both.
Thank you for reading and look for a new post in the near future.
By Scott Rotruck