New Marcellus Shale Fee “Yields Higher-Than-Expected Revenue”

This week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) released impact fee revenue generated from unconventional natural gas wells through December 2011, exceeding projections by almost $25 million. The nearly $206 million in new revenue, as laid out in Act 13, is directed to the commonwealth and the 37 counties and nearly 1,500 municipalities where natural […]

Marcellus Shale’s Positive Impact Cascades Across the Region

While the Marcellus Shale – considered to potentially be the world’s second largest natural gas – does not underlie southeastern Pennsylvania, safe, tightly-regulated natural gas production continues to have a cascading impact across the entire Commonwealth – and beyond. For small businesses and consumers – struggling in the face of continued economic hardships and historic […]

What The Presidential Campaigns Are Saying About American Natural Gas

With only 61 days until the upcoming presidential election, voters across America are sharpening their focus on President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney’s campaigns, their policies, and respective visions for our nation’s future. Despite the many differences, both candidates and their parties are touting the key role that America’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources […]

KPMG Research Highlights Commonsense Water Management Efforts Across the Marcellus Shale

A new KPMG analysis released this week – entitled “Watered-Down: Minimizing Water Risks in Shale Gas and Oil Drilling” – highlights the commonsense practices and technologies related to natural gas development from the Marcellus Shale aimed at ensuring water quality and the environment are protected and kept safe. Interestingly, while some continue to suggest that […]

New Study: Clean-Burning Natural Gas Key to New York City’s Future

A new ICF International study – available here – was released yesterday, commissioned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, focused on the inherent benefits tied to the expanded use of clean-burning American natural gas. Commenting on the study’s findings, Mayor Bloomberg said “Natural gas is a low-cost, low-emissions fuel that makes good economic and […]

Natural Gas Production Up, CO2 Emissions Down

Last week, the Associated Press reports – under the headline “CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low” – that “In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is…cheap […]

Driven By American Natural Gas, the Rust Belt Rebounds

The safe, responsible, tightly-regulated development of the Marcellus Shale’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources has “helped bring in jobs and boost demand for office space in [Pittsburgh], Pennsylvania’s second-biggest city.” That’s according to a Bloomberg News report today, which reports that Marcellus Shale development “is driving wage, job and population growth” across southwestern Pennsylvania. Here […]

National Experts: Shale Gas Key to America’s Transportation Future

A recent draft report issued by the National Petroleum Council (NPC) suggests that natural gas from shale formations can and will continue to play a critical role in our nation’s transportation future. According to the report — available in full here — “the potential for a long-term and low-cost domestic supply of natural gas, supported […]

Head of the Class: Marcellus Poised to be Top U.S. Natural Gas-Producing Formation

Under the headline “Marcellus will be the nation’s No. 1 producer,” the Associated Press reports this over the weekend: The Marcellus Shale is about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States, according to new data from energy industry analysts and the federal government. Though serious drilling began only five years […]

New Survey: Western PA’s Natural Gas-Producing Communities Overwhelming Support Marcellus Shale

Safe, tightly-regulated, job-creating Marcellus Shale development is supported by a clear majority of western Pennsylvania communities where natural gas production actually occurs. That was among the key findings in the recently released Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life Survey, “the most extensive survey of the residents of Greater Pittsburgh since the historic Pittsburgh Survey was published […]