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Michael Krancer is an experienced and well-known policy and substantive thought leader in energy development and deployment. He is an experienced and valued advisor to U.S. and global energy companies of all types regarding the full range of legal, public policy, government relations, state and federal regulatory, financial, corporate, and labor matters with his 20+ years of energy industry and public policy experience at the highest corporate and policy-making levels.
Prior to rejoining Blank Rome, Mr. Krancer served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") under Governor Tom Corbett. During his tenure, Mr. Krancer oversaw the environmentally responsible development of shale natural gas in Pennsylvania and was a key member of the governor’s team that attracted new and environmentally sensitive economic development to the commonwealth.
Mr. Krancer was a litigation partner with Blank Rome from 1992 to 1999. He also served as judge and chief judge and chairman of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board ("EHB"), the state-wide trial/appellate court for environmental matters involving appeals from actions of the DEP, and he was assistant general counsel to Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest competitive energy providers and parent of three different utility companies. At Exelon, he was responsible for environmental health and safety matters, as well as energy policy development and government relations for the company.
As a prominent and popular speaker and writer, Mr. Krancer is widely recognized for his practical thought leadership on a wide range of energy policy issues, including the emerging, global geopolitical importance of Pennsylvania shale gas and energy resources; federal and state regulation of shale gas extraction; LNG export potential; and the future of America’s energy revolution.
Mr. Krancer is recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in environment law in Pennsylvania. Chambers states that he is "particularly respected for his expertise in advising clients in the energy sector" and that sources say he is "incredibly smart" and "attacks problems head-on." In 2016, he was appointed to the Energy Law360 editorial advisory board.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Mr. Krancer serves on the Board of Directors of Inn Dwelling, a non-profit faith-based initiative corporation associated with St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, whose mission is capacity-building among disadvantaged families in the Germantown and Northeast sections of Philadelphia. He has worked with Inn Dwelling high school students as a volunteer writing skills coach. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Neumann University, a private Catholic co-educational University in the Franciscan tradition, located in Aston, Delaware County. He also served on the Board of the Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA. He also served as Riverbend’s Vice President.
An avid student of Hebrew and Christian Biblical Canon, Mr. Krancer has pursued undergraduate and graduate level coursework in theology and biblical studies and exegesis at Villanova University. He is a student of naval history, especially naval aviation from its dawning through its heyday, the World War II Pacific Campaign and is a member of the U. S. Naval Institute. He is a Civil War re-enactor being a proud Private of the 20th Maine Volunteers, Company E (Army of the Potomac, Fifth Corps, First Division, Vincent’s Brigade) where he has seen “action” at Gettysburg; Stanardsville, VA; and Cedar Creek, VA, among other engagements.