MSC op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Pa. Reaps Natural Gas Benefits”

By: David Spigelmyer “Pennsylvania energy will continue to create good jobs and enormous shared benefits for decades if policymakers chose to harness – rather than discourage – these opportunities.” The year was 1859. The scene was a small Pennsylvania town called Titusville. What happened there changed the world forever, and for the better. Oil – […]

MSC Sets the Record Straight in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At a recent U.S. Department of Energy hearing in Pittsburgh, a Laborers’ International Union of North America official stated that shale is transforming “people’s lives by providing steady, quality long-term employment,” adding: “For many, it has been a path out of poverty.” “Normally I don’t write about fracking,” admitted Dan Simpson in a July 30 […]

MSC in Williamsport Sun-Gazette: “Pa. needs more jobs, not new energy taxes”

State Rep. Rick Mirabito’s recent claims regarding proposed new energy taxes on shale development (“Lawmaker weighs in on severance tax debate,” July 17) are unsupported by basic economic realities that inform business decisions. To be clear: New job-crushing energy taxes will not only harm landowners and small businesses, but will also undercut future job-creating benefits […]

MSC in Morning Call: Pa., U.S. Benefit from Clean-Burning Natural Gas

Columnist Paul Carpenter’s most recent attack (“A tale of two legislators: the gas-drilling drama”) on the thousands of hardworking men and women that make up Pennsylvania’s shale industry was offensive and deeply ill-informed. Mr. Carpenter’s patronizing words — which seek to belittle the countless locally based small businesses and labor organizations that are hiring more […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: “Our members are good corporate citizens”

A survey of elected leaders in Washington and Greene counties found generally positive experiences with the gas exploration industry that has changed the face of their communities. “They’re starting to see a lot of vitality. There’s physical activity in the communities and new wealth among some property owners. New employees. That’s all very positive,” said […]

MSC in the Times-Leader: New Energy Taxes Hurt Job Creation, Manufacturing

Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources continue to benefit our region. In fact, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently announced disbursements of shale impact fee tax revenues – which totaled nearly $225 million for 2013 – to local counties and municipalities across the commonwealth, bringing the three-year total to more than $630 million. Luzerne County, Lackawanna […]

MSC in Erie Times-News: Shale Development is Breathing New Economic Life into our Region

Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources continue to benefit our region. In fact, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently announced that disbursements of shale impact fee tax revenues, which totaled nearly $225 million for 2013, to local counties and municipalities brought the three-year total to more than $630 million. Erie County and its municipalities, for example, […]

MSC in the Tribune-Democrat: Shale Development a Boon to Region

Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources continue to benefit our region. In fact, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently announced disbursements of shale impact-fee tax revenues – which totaled nearly $225 million for 2013 – to local counties and municipalities across the commonwealth, bringing the three-year total to more than $630 million. Cambria County and its […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: Natural Gas Impact Fees Benefit Our Communities

Responsible shale development continues to be an economic lifeline for communities across the entire commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s disbursement of nearly $225 million in shale impact fees provides critical revenues directly to local governments and for important environmental-focused programs. These revenues increased more than 10 percent from 2012 to 2013. Act 13, a […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Q&A with MSC President David Spigelmyer

David J. Spigelmyer, commander-in-chief of the region’s largest shale development trade association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, was also a key figure in the Robinson organization’s development in 2008. Before being named president last year, Mr. Spigelmyer was chairman, vice chairman and the leader of the coalition’s legislative committee. He also served as vice president of […]