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Dow upbeat on shale gas

September 19, 2012

ISTANBUL (Sept. 19, 9:45 a.m. ET) — The ChemOrbis’ annual meeting in Istanbul featured a presentation from Dow Chemical Co. on the importance shale gas to the global economy.

Robert Stankiewicz, country manager for Dow in Poland, explained to 300 delegates that shale gas offers major gains. It can spark economic growth, trigger exports of value-added products while also helping cut energy bills, he explained.

“Access to shale gas is important for manufacturing – and especially the chemical industry,” said Stankiewicz. “However, we are not only customers for shale gas, we also have the potential to contribute to the safe and sustainable production of shale gas – through educational efforts and chemical solutions by leveraging the most advanced and sustainable microbial control technologies for shale gas exploration.”

Discussion focused on the key elements that should be taken into account by national governments and business community: regulation, planning, exploration and testing, as well as pipeline infrastructure.