NOAA Study: U.S. Methane Emissions Flat as Natural Gas Production Increases

Total U.S. methane emissions has remained flat since 2006 as domestic natural gas production increased 46 percent, according to a new peer-reviewed study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Conducted using “highly accurate measurements of methane collected over 10 years at 20 long-term sampling sites around the country,” the study found […]

Comprehensive Air Quality Analysis Finds No Health Impacts Tied to Shale Development

Results from a two-year air quality study of a natural gas well site in southwest Pennsylvania determined that safe, responsible natural gas development does not pose a threat to public health. The analysis, completed by Gradient, a Boston-based environmental and risk sciences consulting firm, found that unconventional natural gas operations near Ft. Cherry School District […]

Build for Tomorrow by Investing in Energy Infrastructure Today

“Jobs in this industry have paved the way to a blue-collar, middle-class way of life for millions of families across our country.” – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of Laborers’ International Union of North American (LiUNA) This week is the seventh annual Infrastructure Week – a national week of advocacy and education that brings together business, […]

Post-Gazette’s Claims on Childhood Cancer Unsupported by Medical Experts, Science

As an industry focused on enhancing public health and safety, we’re deeply disappointed in the Post-Gazette’s continued efforts to sensationalize tragedy through unsubstantiated claims regarding regional childhood cancer cases.   “Our hearts break for anyone battling cancer,” MSC’s David Spigelmyer told the paper. “Given our industry’s deep commitment to protecting the health, safety and environment […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Hull & Associates, Inc.

We recently had the opportunity to interview Don Zuch, a principal with Hull & Associates, Inc. (HULL), a project development and engineering company that focuses on quality of life by solving complex challenges related to environment, energy and infrastructure. Q. What services does your company provide to support shale development and/or infrastructure expansion in Pennsylvania […]

U.S. Energy Production, Consumption Hit Record High in 2018: EIA

As American oil and natural gas production soared in 2018, consumption and exports of domestic energy reached record highs, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week. According to the federal agency, U.S. energy production in 2018 increased 8% from the year prior: “This increase in production outpaced the 4% increase in U.S. energy […]

ICYMI: Appalachian Basin’s methane emissions fall despite increase in gas production (Tribune-Review)

As Pennsylvania natural gas production soars, methane emissions have plummeted, according to recent federal data reported in the Tribune-Review. EPA’s inventory released last month shows greenhouse gas emissions “were at their lowest level in 25 years and methane emissions in particular are down 18.8% since 1990,” the newspaper reports. While methane emissions have fallen, the […]

This Earth Day, Celebrate Natural Gas

Earth Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the meaningful environmental progress made possible through the production and use of clean, abundant American natural gas. As Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler told the SHALE INSIGHT audience in October, thanks to natural gas, “we are the global leader in clear air progress.” For the tens […]

MSC Member Profile: Shale Development Propels Central Pennsylvania Engineering Firm into National Player

“I’ve got to be part of that,” top Dawood leader says of America’s shale revolution. As part of MSC’s Member Profile series, we recently sat down with Jim Rodgers and Nick Brien of Dawood, a central Pennsylvania-based engineering firm that’s seized the opportunity of the shale revolution to grow into a national firm. This interview […]

Nuclear Bailout to Burden Consumers, Cost Job-Creating Investment

Passing a bailout of the nuclear industry threatens Pennsylvania’s business environment and will burden consumers, MSC’s David Spigelmyer testified during a senate hearing earlier this week. Spigelmyer, who will testify before a House committee on Monday, urged the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee to stay true to free market principles, arguing that the […]