DEP Encouraged to Explore Alternatives to Proposed Permit Fee Increase

A proposal to double the permitting fees for new unconventional wells is excessive and would further erode Pennsylvania’s competitiveness with other energy producing states, the Marcellus Shale Coalition said in comments submitted Friday. The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed increasing current well permit application fees to $12,500 for all unconventional wells from $5,000, representing […]

America’s Air Continues to Improve. Why? (Hint: Natural Gas is Part of the Solution)

Recent decades have seen dramatic improvements in air quality, even as the economy, population, and energy consumption increased, according to a new EPA report. What’s one of the key drivers of this clean air progress? Abundant, affordable American natural gas. From 1990-2017, emissions from six key pollutants (carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, […]

Sec. Perry: Natural Gas Plays Key Role in U.S. “Path to Energy Independence”

The United States energy sector is experiencing a historic moment of growth, according to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and “nowhere is this stunning turnaround more dramatic than with natural gas.” Secretary Perry visited the first East Coast natural gas export terminal at Cove Point in Maryland, promoting liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports a […]

Top State Environmental Agencies Report Clean Air, Pristine Waters in Shale Development Areas

Studies released this week from Pennsylvania’s top two environmental regulatory agencies continue to confirm that responsible natural gas development and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand. As the Associated Press reported Wednesday, a recent Department of Conservation and Natural Resources report concluded natural gas development in and under state forests has had no impact on the quality […]

Training Programs Prepare Pennsylvanians for High-Demand Energy Careers

New workforce training programs have launched throughout the region to meet growing local demand for skilled workers across the energy supply chain. In Armstrong and Greene Counties, for example, free month-long training courses focused on pipeline construction and maintenance begin in August. These programs, as the Observer-Reporter reports, are hosted through a partnership with the […]

Acting EPA Administrator Visits Western Pa., Credits Shale Industry’s “Innovation”

Commonsense policies and smart regulations that encourage natural gas development will help ensure further environmental and public health improvement, acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed during a visit to Washington County this week. Just a week after assuming his new position, acting administrator Wheeler met with MSC member Range Resources and sat down with the […]

Natural Gas Drives Pa. Manufacturing Resurgence

Western Pennsylvania manufacturing is on the comeback thanks, in large part, to the region’s abundance of natural gas. From the Shell ethane cracker facility under construction in Beaver County to the growth of Lawrence County’s steel industry and a resurgent plastics industry in Erie County, affordable, abundant natural gas is driving the region’s manufacturing comeback. […]

All Things July 4th Brought to You by Natural Gas

As we celebrate America’s birthday, it’s a good time to remember how affordable, abundant natural gas makes everyday products possible. From the propane to fire up the grill to the plastic in cups and coolers, natural gas provides the building blocks to better lives.

IHS Markit’s Yergin: Shale Revolution a “Major Stimulus” to U.S. & Pa. Economy

Domestic natural gas production, particularly from the Appalachian Basin, continues to be a “major economic stimulus” and key driver of environmental progress, IHS Markit’s Dr. Daniel Yergin and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry said this week. Testifying before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce subcommittee on energy yesterday, Dr. Yergin explored how the […]

Pa. Natural Gas Impact Fee Generates $209M+, Proceeds Benefit All Counties

Communities across Pennsylvania will receive more than $209 million in new impact fee revenue, Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced yesterday. Since 2012 the impact fee – Pennsylvania’s drilling tax – has generated nearly $1.5 billion for communities in all 67 counties. This natural gas impact fee is working as designed, generating hundreds of millions […]