AAPG member William A. Zagorski, Range Resources vice president of geology, has been given the title “Father of the Marcellus” by the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists.
The award is in recognition of Zagorski’s “outstanding accomplishments in the initiation and early development of the modern era of natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin,” according to PAPG.
“This is a humbling honor, but I truly share this recognition with so many others at Range Resources,” Zagorski said. “So much of the credit goes to the others at Range who believed and supported our work in the Marcellus.”
The honor was presented at a recent ceremony by PAPG president Jim Pancake and Ray Walke with Range Resources.
“A discovery such as the Marcellus is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement,” Pancake said. “This represents a tremendous opportunity to significantly boost our local economy and transform our nation’s energy future.”