Shale Development Benefits All Americans

As presidential nominating conventions get underway in Cleveland and Philadelphia, it’s critical that America’s abundant natural gas resources are recognized as an asset that can continue to help create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, greatly improve our environment and strengthen the nation’s world standing. Highlighting these benefits in a joint Crain’s Cleveland Business column, MSC’s David Spigelmyer and Ohio Oil and […]

What They’re Saying About Clean-Burning American Natural Gas

The U.S. is on track to export more natural gas than it imports for the first time in 60 years, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). The administration credits America’s “abundant supply of shale gas” for the historic shift, noting that our nation’s resource base can support both growing domestic and international energy […]

Shale Enhances American Energy Security

Thanks to shale development, the U.S. now leads the world in recoverable oil reserves, surpassing Saudi Arabia and Russia, according to a report out this week by Rystad Energy. This significant progress, made possible by advancements in technology and hydraulic fracturing, has transitioned the U.S. from a position of energy uncertainty to one of abundance […]

Natural Gas Fuels July 4th BBQs

As we celebrate Independence Day, many people might be surprised at the number of everyday products made with domestically produced natural gas. So before you head out to the yard to throw around the Frisbee (plastic made from natural gas), or cook hamburgers and corn on the grill (fueled by natural gas), take a moment to consider […]

American Energy = American Manufacturing Jobs

Shell’s recent decision to move forward with building an ethane cracker plant, which will generate significant economic benefits including nearly 6,000 construction jobs, brings into focus shale’s larger role in driving a regional manufacturing renaissance. In fact, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer and Pa. Manufacturers’ Association president David Taylor highlighted this shale-driven manufacturing comeback in a […]

Higher Energy Taxes Put More Pa. Families, Small Businesses into “Survival Mode”

As Harrisburg works to finalize Pennsylvania’s annual budget, it’s never been more clear that there couldn’t be a worse time for a massive energy tax hike that’ll jeopardize good-paying jobs across the Commonwealth. In fact, the Tribune-Review brought these painful economic realities into light recently under the headline “Bankruptcies, Foreclosures Up in Areas Where Gas, […]

Pa.’s Impact Tax Generates $1B for Community, Infrastructure, Environmental Programs Since 2011

Pennsylvania’s unique impact fee – or tax on natural gas – has generated more than $1 billion since 2011, according to recently released data from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission [NOTE: Click here to view county + municipality totals]. In 2015, the fee-tax on responsible shale development generated more than $187 million – the overwhelming […]

Pennsylvania’s Regulatory Framework is a Model for Other Energy Producing States

As some in Harrisburg echo the misleading and oftentimes downright false claims of anti-energy activists, it’s critical Pennsylvanians have the facts regarding tightly regulated shale development and its unquestionable environmental and economic benefits. In today’s Tribune-Review, MSC’s David Spigelmyer joined regional partners at the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and the West Virginia Oil and […]

Shell Cracker a Win for Regional Economy

‘Game-Changer’; ‘Renaissance’; ‘Thrilling’ – some of the terms used to describe Shell’s $6 billion commitment to build an ethane cracker plant in western Pennsylvania. This facility, projected to be operational in early 2020, will rely on locally-produced natural gas and create nearly 6,000 construction – many of them for our region’s building trades union members […]

Shell to Build Ethane Cracker Plant in Beaver County

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