Archives for April 2013

What are the specific chemicals are being forced into the ground to create the fracking?

Depending on the shale formation that is being explored, a variety of additives will be selected by scientists and engineers to successfully fracture an individual well. Shale formations and individual wells are like snowflakes, no two are the same, so the fluid composition will vary on a well-by-well basis. FracFocus.org, a national chemical disclosure database […]

Are they considering people or only profits?

Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is a collection of skilled individuals that live, work and raise families here in the commonwealth. And while all businesses are in business to make a profit (if they didn’t make a profit, they wouldn’t be in business), the employees of the companies working to responsibly develop the Marcellus Shale are […]

How will benefits of gas use be communicated to various regions of PA?

The clear environmental and economic benefits tied to the safe development of clean-burning natural gas continue to be increasingly realized by literally every Pennsylvania consumer and business – as well as every American. As President Obama underscored in his 2013 State of the Union Address, “We produce more natural gas than ever before – and […]

Is there explosion potential?

 Natural gas development is a tightly regulated industrial process. And like all industrial activities, there is some risk. But natural gas producers and government officials continue to work collaboratively to ensure this risk is mitigated at every step of the process by leveraging new and more efficient technologies. Each and every day, thousands of Pennsylvanians […]

Why do you have to put all those chemicals in the water you use to frack?

It is important to note that the chemical additives used in the fracturing process represent less than .5 percent of the total fluid. The overwhelming majority of the fluid is comprised of water and sand. These additives are used for a variety of reasons. Fracturing fluids include biocides to control bacteria from forming in the […]

I and most of the people I know have seen “Gasland”. Please explain why – point by point – that movie is inaccurate?

While we’re not movie critics and we’d be happy to provide you with a point-by-point rebuttal of the film, we think you would be better served reading this review by the New York Times, which offers an objective review of the film.

What are the tax impacts if all are from TX and OK?

Thank you for this question. Before answer the tax portion, it’s important to note that according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, 7/10 workers employed in the natural gas industry are Pennsylvania residents. As for taxes, the natural gas industry has generated more than $1.7 billion in state revenue since 2006 in Pennsylvania, […]

To where would the Pipe line Run?

Due to the vagueness of this question, we cannot answer it in detail. However, we can address pipeline infrastructure more broadly. Once a well is drilled and is in production, the gas must be transported for processing – the next step in safely delivering gas to homes and businesses. Gas is sent from the well […]

How do we convince the big oil & gas companies to establish a regional headquarters in Philadelphia instead of Pittsburgh?

The safe development of clean-burning natural gas from the Marcellus Shale continues to benefit literally every square inch of the Commonwealth. And while many natural gas companies have offices in the Marcellus “fairway” – where production activities occur – there are others along the growing and robust supply chain that are based in southeastern Pennsylvania. […]

Why do you lie about the damage to the environment? Also, why are you such greedy bastards?

While the nature of your question is a bit offensive, we are committed to answering every question we received through our Ask About Shale initiative. Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) member companies are committed to sound and stringent environmental regulations, hence our working relationship with both democrat and republican administrations at the state level and federal […]