Scott Roberts is an expert on environmental and regulatory issues regarding the development of mineral resources in Pennsylvania. He is also a nationally recognized expert on shale gas development in the United States.
From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Roberts was Deputy Secretary for Mineral Resources Management for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In this position, he supervised 560 employees in 11 locations around the state with a total annual operating budget of $110 million. He worked directly with early participants in the Marcellus shale development and was influential in identifying and advocating the energy opportunity for the Governor and Legislature. Mr. Roberts was also instrumental in developing and promulgating Pennsylvania’s early rules, regulations and funding requirements in this new industry which has become so critical to the state’s economic growth.
Mr. Roberts also successfully negotiated the first major revision in nearly 50 years to Pennsylvania’s Bituminous Mine Safety law working with the legislature, Pennsylvania Coal Association and United Mine Workers of America. From 2000 2003, Mr. Roberts was the Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mining and Reclamation.
He is a geologist by training with degrees from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and the California University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Roberts resides in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.