How much money did the natural gas/shale industry give to the Corbett campaign? What did you receive in return? Did any industry give more?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) does not make political contributions and does not have a political action committee (PAC). That said, some of our member companies do have PACs and have contributed to candidates of both political parties, including Governor Corbett. 

Has enough research been done to know for certain there are no health issues caused by disposal water from fracking?

Oil and gas development has a long and storied history in Pennsylvania. More than 350,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania since 1859, with more than 70,000 active oil and natural gas wells in the commonwealth today, not including Marcellus Shale wells. And while those early wells were drilled with conventional methods, […]

Has enough research been done to know for certain there are no health issues caused by disposal water from fracking?

There’s certainly been a great deal of research conducted surrounding the issue of hydraulic fracturing and water management, which is all done within a very aggressive regulatory framework to ensure that our environment and public health is protected. We’ve received similar questions from others in the past, and would encourage you to click here to […]

What are they doing for the environment and do communities have a voice in the process?

Strong state regulations hold operators to high standards with regulations that protect the environment. The natural gas industry is governed under a host of federal regulations, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act as well as a host of state regulations, including the Clean Streams […]

I would like the question if the water contamination is govt acceptable or if one of the executives of the company would indulge with no reservations?

To be sure, hydraulic fracturing – a proven and tightly-regulated well completion technology – has never resulted in groundwater contamination. As laid out by the U.S. Department of Energy: “Hydraulic fracturing has been a key technology in making shale gas an affordable addition to the Nation’s energy supply, and the technology has proven to be […]

Why do you get tax breaks?

Since 2006, the natural gas industry has paid more than $1.6 billion in state and local taxes and paid $400 million in impact fees these past two year. When you consider the more than $500 million the industry has invested in road improvement project, only then can you begin to realize the tremendous revenue and […]

How are they dealing with fracking problems?

Marcellus Shale development is regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). There is a host of regulations, specifically the Oil and Gas Act, which was recently updated through the enactment of Act 13, that ensure natural gas development is done safely and in an environmentally responsible manner. When issues arise, operators are required […]

Did the industry oppose a severance tax?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition opposes a severance tax and for good reason. Despite claims that the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania does not pay enough in taxes, the responsible development of the Marcellus shale continues to generate an enormous amount of revenue for the Commonwealth. Between 2006 and today, the natural gas industry has paid […]

If it is so safe then why don’t you REVERSE THE HALLIBURTON LOOPHOLE voluntarily?

We suppose that this question is in regard to hydraulic fracturing, the tightly-regulated, more than 60-year old well completions technology. As you may know, natural gas operators in Pennsylvania are required to disclose all chemical additives used during the hydraulic fracturing process in their well completion reports, which are filled with state environmental regulators. Additional, […]

Are regulations in place?

Yes. Natural gas development is primarily governed by state law and operators have to abide by a host of federal regulations. In February 2012, Pennsylvania  enacted Act 13, a comprehensive law that according to the Department of Environmental Protection, “enacted stronger environmental standards, authorized local governments to adopt an impact fee and built upon the […]