Archives for September 2010

MSC Statement on the PA House Passed Severance Tax

Senate should consider alternative to House’s uncompetitive approach Canonsburg, Pa. – This evening, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a massive, uncompetitive new tax on the responsible development of clean-burning natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, which has helped create nearly 88,000 jobs in Pennsylvania alone as the state’s unemployment rate continues to remain […]

Ridge: Philadelphia City Council’s Marcellus Hearings a Positive Educational Opportunity

Fmr. Governor Urges Forum to Remain Focused on Facts, Science, Potential Benefits of the Marcellus Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, the Philadelphia City Council’s Environment and Transportation & Public Utilities panels will hold a joint hearing focused on the responsible development of the Marcellus Shale’s clean-burning, job-creating natural gas reserves, which – by year’s end – […]

A gas reserves pooling law is about fairness

In the Sept. 22 editorial “Shale Worries: Loss of Property Rights Could Be the Next Threat,” the Post-Gazette mischaracterizes the concept of fair pooling, a policy that states have used wisely for generations to reduce above-ground surface activities, while maximizing responsible shale gas production and its host of benefits. Pooling — which is on the […]

Competitive Tax Structure Imperative to Keep PA’s Economy, Workforce Ahead of Curve

As State House Readies Massive New Tax on Shale Gas Job Creators, Leaders Must Consider Host of Unintended Consequences Canonsburg, Pa. – The responsible development of the Marcellus Shale’s clean-burning, homegrown natural gas reserves represents a historic opportunity to revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy by growing its workforce, all while strengthening our nation’s energy security and improving […]

National Panel: PA DEP Oversight of Key Marcellus Technology “Merits Special Recognition”

Findings highlight how Pa. continues to lead the way in safe, responsible use of hydraulic fracturing Canonsburg, Pa. – Pennsylvania officials’ oversight and regulation of hydraulic fracturing, a critical technology for producing abundant reserves of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, is among the strongest in the nation. That’s the message delivered by a national […]

Misguided Marcellus Shale tax would cost Pennsylvania

Kathryn Z. Klaber The Patriot-News Sunday, September 26, 2010 “Our focus must be on getting this opportunity right. To make certain that Pennsylvania’s economy and workforce remain ahead of the curve in the increasingly competitive global economy requires common-sense solutions that encourage capital investment in the commonwealth.” Pennsylvania’s prosperity has long been a function of […]

Let’s Make Pennsylvania a Leader in Natural Gas Development

Once-in-a-generation opportunity to create thousands of jobs, billions in economic development in jeopardy as Harrisburg debates massive new energy tax As Governor Rendell and legislative leaders in Harrisburg continue to debate the future of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, all parties involved have one opportunity to get it right. The actions taken over the […]

A Promising Start: Marcellus Shale exploratory phase

Centre Daily Times
Promising results from exploratory gas wells in Centre County have focused the interest of some energy companies on the area, making it likely the county will see increased drilling in coming years.

Marcellus Shale Coalition trumpets job creation, advertises 7,991 job openings across region

The Patriot-News
The Marcellus Shale Coalition has been trumpeting the fact that the drilling industry is one of the few adding jobs in a sour economy in Pennsylvania. It’s right up there with casino gambling establishments. The economic impact of the drilling industry — particularly in rural areas of the state — is indisputable.

‘Fracking’ claims not supported by facts

Tribune-Democrat, MSC’s Kathryn Klaber
Hydraulic fracturing, a 60-year-old technology that’s been used more than 1.1 million times since its inception in the 1940s, has never contaminated groundwater. A top Department of Environmental Protection official confirmed that “no one’s ever documented drinking water wells that have actually been shown to be impacted by fracking.”