Natural Gas: Fueling a Renaissance in American Manufacturing

2011 National Conference & North American Summit

Tapping the Future of American Oil and Gas
October 22, 2011

Presentation by Peter Molinaro, Vice President of Federal and State Governments Affairs, Dow Chemical

With recent advances in a process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the U.S. may soon be able to boost its energy security while bolstering our economy and creating jobs. Large shale deposits throughout the U.S. are suddenly seeing a flurry of activity that’s being hailed by some for its economic development and criticized by others for environmental concerns. More than 20 percent of U.S. states have proven reserves of oil and gas locked in shale and the economic benefits nationally as well as within each of these states may be tremendous and far-reaching. In this session, experts on all sides of the hydraulic fracturing debate discussed what its production may mean for your state.

Natural Gas: Fueling a Renaissance in American Manufacturing

Peter Molinaro

Peter Molinaro is vice president of Federal and State Government Affairs for The Dow Chemical Company based in Washington, D.C.  He is responsible for supervision of federal and state government affairs professionals, advocacy management and maintaining relationships with national political and governmental organizations.  He leads the company’s advocacy efforts on U.S. energy and climate change policy.

Prior to joining Dow, Peter was assistant director of Government Affairs for Union Carbide Corporation. 

After beginning his career in local government, he joined Union Carbide in 1981 as manager of Community Affairs and then spent several years as regional manager of Public Affairs, responsible for state government relations in the northeast.  He has just completed 30 years of service to the combined companies.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, member of The Business-Government Relations Council, executive committee member of the  Public Affairs Council and is past chairman of the Federal Government Affairs Committee of the American Chemistry Council.

He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University.

A native of Danbury, Conn., he is married with two daughters and currently resides in Oakton, Va.