Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer Joins Blank Rome LLP

 Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer Joins Blank
                                   Rome LLP

Krancer to Lead Firm's Energy, Petrochemical and Natural Resources Practice

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, March 22, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Secretary of the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Michael L. Kranceris re-joining
Blank Rome LLP as a partner in the firm's Philadelphia office. With more than
two decades of energy industry and public policy experience, Mr. Krancer will
chair the firm's Energy, Petrochemical and Natural Resources Practice,
enhancing the firm's existing energy and public policy talent and advising US
and global energy clients in the full range of legal, public policy,
government relations, state and federal regulatory, financial, corporate, and
labor matters.

"Secretary Krancer is one of the country's most prominent and forward-thinking
leaders in energy policy, development and regulation," said Alan J. Hoffman,
Blank Rome co-chairman and managing partner. "Michael's practical experience
at the highest levels of strategic state and federal government policymaking
and government relations will significantly enhance our capabilities,
particularly regarding the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays and, accordingly,
we expect he will be spending a lot of time in western Pennsylvania."

"The rapid move towards American energy self-sufficiency has created new
opportunities for our nation," said Mr. Krancer. "The eyes of the world are on
Pennsylvania and Appalachia in particular as a focal point of this paradigm
shift in the energy landscape. Blank Rome understands the new energy and
natural resources reality in Pennsylvania and throughout the world, and it has
tremendous intellectual assets with which to help clients navigate this
complicated and evolving industry landscape.

"A key asset of Blank Rome's energy industry practice is our ability to
leverage the expertise of practitioners in all of our offices to form
cross-border, cross-practice teams," added Mr. Krancer. "Our lawyers and
policy specialists in Houston and Philadelphia, for example, have enabled us
to advise a range of Texas-based oil and gas firms making substantial
investments in Pennsylvania. In New York, we advise energy businesses on the
structuring of financial derivatives to manage their risk, and in Washington,
DC, the firm advises clients on the gamut of federal industry regulation and
public policy issues. From every point of our international footprint, from
Blank Rome's offices in China and Los Angeles to our presence in Texas, in New
York, and in Pennsylvania, where so much of the energy industry is focused on
developing new resources, we are well-situated to serve energy clients.

"I deeply appreciate the opportunity that Governor Corbett gave me to lead the
Department of Environmental Protection. I am also truly excited to return to
Philadelphia and my friends and partners at Blank Rome," concluded Mr.

About Michael Krancer

A prominent speaker, writer and expert witness before United States
Congressional Committee hearings, Mr. Krancer is widely recognized for his
practical thought leadership in a wide range of energy issues, including:

  oResponsible and environmentally sensitive development of Pennsylvania's
  oThe role of unconventional formation natural gas and oil development in
    the evolution of American energy potential;
  oProper, fact-based and predictable environmental regulation of natural gas
    development and other industries;
  oThe relationship between sound energy and environmental policy;
  oThe proper relationship between the federal government and the states in
    environmental and energy matters.

Mr. Krancer's salient accomplishments at the DEP include:

  oPlaying a key role on the Governor's team that attracted new economic
    development to Pennsylvania, including the rebirth of the Philadelphia
    refineries and Royal Dutch Shell's potential new petrochemical facility in
    western Pennsylvania;
  oOrdering a complete systematic analysis of the inherited permitting
    backlog which resulted in a 40% reduction of the permit backlog within
    just two years;
  oLaunching the Permit Decision Guarantee Process, bringing a business-like
    efficiency and predictability to the permitting process which resulted in
    an increase in permitting efficiency between 20% and 60% in all programs;
  oIncreasing DEP's organizational effectiveness by instilling the core
    value of coordination and integration among DEP's legal, policy, and
    legislative programs, press and external affairs, as well as among all DEP
    Regional Offices;
  oInstituting the "A-Team" concept, providing businesses with one point of
    contact at the DEP for major projects;
  oLeading efforts to coalesce mining companies, conservation groups and the
    federal EPA for mining/acid mine drainage reclamation projects that
    provided new coal mining jobs and also significantly increased the miles
    of impaired streams restored to designated uses.

A partner at Blank Rome from 1992 to 1999, Mr. Krancer represented clients in
complex civil and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He left
Blank Rome for public service, serving until 2007 as Judge and Chief Judge of
Pennsylvania's Environmental Hearing Board (EHB), the state-wide
trial/appellate court for environmental matters involving appeals from actions
of the DEP. He returned to the EHB in 2009 after a run for Justice of the
Pennsylvania Supreme Court and a stint as Associate General Counsel of the
Exelon Corporation, where he focused on areas of environmental law, health and
safety compliance, and litigation. Governor Tom Corbett appointed Mr. Krancer
Secretary as his first Secretary of DEP in January 2011.

Mr. Krancer is a graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law, where
he earned a J.D. summa cum laude, and the University of Virginia, where he
earned a B.A. in Economics with distinction.

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