How does the MSC support the secondary businesses in this?

Our Marcellus on Main Street initiative connects the industry with local vendors, suppliers and services throughout the Marcellus Shale play. The coalition’s associate members include a host of businesses that are serving the industry and benefiting from the rewards of natural gas exploration. We work to ensure all our members have resources to succeed and […]

What can the gas industry do to connect low prices of gas with what is happening in development?

Thanks to new technologies, natural gas companies are able to bring cheap, clean-burning American natural gas to consumers. Horizontal drilling coupled with hydraulic fracturing allows us to safely produce our abundant, domestic supplies of clean-burning natural gas, further strengthening our nation’s energy security. The more energy that is safely produced here at home is helping consumers […]

Are there opportunities for construction and construction management [from SEPA] given the distance?

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

What types of industries are well-suited for the [SEPA] region?

Given the geographic and geologic footprint of the Marcellus Shale, there will never be active development of this resource in southeastern Pennsylvania. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities in the region. There are many companies in the region—ranging from environmental, engineering and law firms to manufacturing facilities building drilling rigs—that are actively supporting Marcellus […]

There are costs for infrastructure – what is the break point to say that natural gas is cheaper to use after the infrastructure investment?

The natural gas industry’s midstream sector moves, stores and markets natural gas through pipelines and other means of transportation. According to recent analysis, pipeline expansions have helped the Marcellus Shale reach higher production rates to become the largest U.S. gas-producing play. And shale production is at an all-time high, with the use of fewer drilling […]

Are price dynamics for Marcellus different from gas from non-shale sources (early production rate fall-off) and will price be more or less stable?

Natural gas prices — like virtually every commodity — will ebb and flow over time, based on a host of factors, principally supply and demand. It is clear, though, that our abundant and growing resource base will help keep energy prices affordable for American consumers and businesses for decades to come. In fact, President Obama […]

Will the people living in shale areas/have drilling on their land get the option of having drilling companies convert their home systems to natural gas for heating and cooking at a low/free cost?

In a recent speech, President Obama said: “The bottom line is natural gas is creating jobs.  It’s lowering many families’ heat and power bills.” He’s absolutely right. In fact, according a TD Bank study, “American residential consumers can expect to save around $75 billion in utility costs in 2013 — equivalent to about $650 per […]

Is the industry looking at both short term and long term positive impacts of the gas drilling and transportation activity?

Absolutely, our industry consistently evaluates and sees both long- and short-term positive impacts associated with clean-burning natural gas production and use. As more clean-burning American natural gas is safely produced here at home, tens of thousands of jobs are being created, especially in the manufacturing sector. Likewise, responsible and tightly-regulated shale development is bringing about […]

In a high unemployment rate city with low education rates, what are the opportunities for these parts of the underserved population?

The short answer is, there are boundless opportunities across the supply chain for those who are willing to be flexible and aren’t opposed to long-hours and hard work. Most, if not all jobs in the natural gas industry require a high school diploma and some level of additional technical training. ShaleNET, a regional programs funded […]

What is the industry’s commitment to STEM education?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is a huge supporter of expanding STEM programs in high schools across the commonwealth. In order to train the workforce of tomorrow for careers in the natural gas industry, a solid technical foundation in the sciences is critical. In fact, one of the biggest challenges for MSC member companies is […]