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STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center ( announced their 2nd Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award at the SHALE INSIGHT 2014™ Technology Showcase event. The Technology Showcase, sponsored by the SGICC, is the highlight of the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s SHALE INSIGHT 2014™ Pre-Conference Workshop and Conference.

The 2014 Shale Gas EH&S Award was presented to TekSolv for their development of a commercially available gas detection sensor system. The TekNet™ Gas Detection System effectively identifies explosive buildup of dangerous gases during the drilling and fracking process. The advanced capabilities of the TekNet System were exhibited during an extensive demonstration effort supported by one of the most active operators in the Marcellus Shale. The technology brings an entirely new platform to market that is especially effective and accurate at monitoring the buildup of gases in wet gas operations, a focus of the shale energy play today.

Bill Hall, Executive Director of SGICC commented, “It is paramount to the success of the shale energy industry that they operate in an environmentally responsible, safe manner, continuing to earn the trust and respect of the average citizen, as well as the workers they employ, and the communities in which they operate. Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center is proud to make the announcement of our second annual EH&S award to TekSolv.”

“We are beyond thrilled and honored to be recognized by the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center for our real-time gas detection safety sensor system, TekNetTM,” stated John Mouser, President of TekSolv. “Our company has made great strides in leveraging technology and this prestigious award exemplifies our dedication and passion for safety and engineering and our commitment to innovation in the oilfield automation sector. It’s also a great tribute to the TekSolv team and to the clients we serve who allow us the opportunity to help protect the health and safety of their workforce and the environment in the shale energy plays.”

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (, an initiative of Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP ( is designed to harness innovation and new technologies as a means to maximize the economic return to Pennsylvania’s citizens from the various shale formations comprise part of the energy reserves of the Commonwealth.  The Center also identifies, supports and helps commercialize technologies and early-stage businesses that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this transformative energy asset.