What are the actual and potential roles of abandoned (improperly P&A’d) wells in bringing unwanted gas to the surface?

Given Pennsylvania’s long history of oil and natural gas production, there are potential hazards with old abandoned and orphan wells. The Pa. DEP has a program that works to identify such wells and plug them. Current regulations include stringent well plugging requirements for operators. All wells must be plugged once a well is decommissioned and […]

Are the companies drilling going to have to pay to purify the trillions of gallons of water they are contaminating by upsetting the earth’s natural filtering system.

Despite claims, actual facts and straightforward science continue to demonstrate that shale development – specifically hydraulic fracturing – does not impact groundwater. Recently, in fact, “A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western […]

How will the industry align response to the environment ethos in this region where recycling is second nature and different than 10-15 years ago?

Our industry is committed to being good neighbors and positively impacting communities. We live here too after all, and are working to make certain that our environment is protected and enhanced for generations to come. As it relates specifically to recycling efforts, you should know that thanks to new, innovative water management technologies – along […]

Is the industry documenting the impacts from its drilling and transportation activity?

MSC member companies are committed to creating strong working relationships with the communities where we operate, and working toward the shared goal of making positive contributions while addressing local needs. As you may know, shale development is tightly regulated by the Pa. DEP, as well as other governmental agencies. The Oil and Gas Act, which […]

With all the state game lands, roads and waterways in the northern tier being in the drilling area, where are the royalties going?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has leased some state game and forest lands for natural gas development. While each lease is unique, the state has negotiated an 18 percent royalty rate for a few tracts of land in central Pennsylvania. The state minimum is 12.5 percent. Additionally, through Act 13, the commonwealth receives an impact fee […]

New Jersey recently prohibited treatment and disposal of fracking wastes: Are similar restrictions likely in NY, DEL, MD? What are current regulations in PA and how are they likely to change?

While New Jersey has passed restrictions related to treating flowback and produced water associated with shale development, we cannot speculate as to whether other states may pursue similar action. However, and as you may know, there’s certainly been a great deal of research conducted surrounding the issue of hydraulic fracturing and overall water treatment and […]

Is the industry monitoring the level of methane reaching the surface in areas where fracking has occurred?

The natural gas industry follows – and often exceeds – strict regulations to safeguard our environment, especially our water resources. As you may know, natural gas – or methane – has historically been, and continues to be, present in communities across Pennsylvania. Shallow, naturally-occurring methane can migrate into private water wells. In fact, a recent […]

Philadelphia City Council is vocal and concerned about the impact on water from natural gas development. What is going to be done about that?

Protecting and enhancing our environment is paramount to this industry. It falls in line with the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) Guiding Principle to implement state-of-the-art environmental protection across our operations; and further, we aim to encourage spirited public dialogue and fact-based education about responsible shale gas development. Pennsylvania’s extensive regulatory system, with which our operators […]

How do you address the environmental concerns?

In keeping with our Guiding Principles and Recommended Practices, this industry is committed to conducting operations in a manner that protects the environment and the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians. Our state’s extensive regulatory system, with which our operators comply through every step of the process, also ensures our environment—water, air and land—and public […]

Is Texas totally out of water? Can they do any more fracking in Texas? Is power generation possible in Texas?

As you may, the Marcellus Shale Coalition is focused principally on natural gas activities in Pennsylvania. Therefore, we would encourage you to contact the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for more information regarding water conditions in the state of Texas. Texas is not out of water, yet the state continues to face ongoing drought-related challenges […]