The prolific Marcellus and its deeper sister-shale, the Utica, are collectively called 'The Beast in the East' because they’re loaded with natural gas. This remarkable bounty is driving a renaissance in manufacturing throughout the Northeast, ushering a new era of cleaner power generation – and opening doors for U.S. gas traders around the world.

Business prospects abound with large-scale pipelines coming on-stream in 2017-2018, an LNG export terminal on-line to serve international markets, and companies like Shell moving ahead with massive ethane crackers to tap the region's abundant resources.