MSC in Scranton Times-Tribune: Recent editorials advance misguided policy

Editor: Policies advanced in two recent Times-Tribune editorials are misguided and represent bad public policy. A proposal regarding natural gas lease agreements (“House whiffs on fair gas royalties,”Oct. 12) ignores settled case law, for which the solution proposed is an unconstitutional effort to change existing contracts. The severance tax proposal pushed by Gov. Tom Wolf […]

MSC in PennLive: PennLive’s editorial didn’t tell the whole story on Marcellus money

A recent PennLive/Patriot-News editorial regrettably relies on a sloppily compiled report containing numerous, glaring errors. Though the report claims to tally shale-related political contributions, it included non-industry donors, such as wind, nuclear and utility companies. Specifically, the report considered contributions from a Pittsburgh-area Coca-Cola distributor, a federal credit union and the Humane Society of the […]

MSC in Pocono Record: Pa. has a natural gas tax

Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax continues to pay off for communities around the state. Last week, the Commonwealth Financing Authority announced grants for 123 projects, including many locally. That’s great news to celebrate — and it’s important to remember that those grants, which support playgrounds, trails, flood mitigation and other environmental programs, are funded through Pennsylvania’s […]

MSC in Observer-Reporter: Natural gas driving force behind Pa. manufacturing growth

By David Spigelmyer, David Taylor and Gene Barr Pennsylvania is steeped with a rich manufacturing history – boosted by a blue collar, hardworking spirit upon which Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the surrounding communities was built and is hardwired into our DNA. While manufacturing has ebbed and flowed for generations, Pennsylvania is making things again, and that […]

Pa. Energy Taxes for $200, Alex — Make it a True Daily Double!

Answer: Pa.’s tax on natural gas. Question: What is the impact fee or tax? PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Last night, before a sold-out room at the Pa. Chamber of Business & Industry’s 34th annual dinner, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek moderated a gubernatorial debate between Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner. While debate moderators have […]

MSC in Scranton Times-Tribune: Recent editorial falls woefully short of full truth

Relying on a deeply biased so-called “report,” a recent Times-Tribune editorial (“Disclose all fracking chemicals,” Sept. 13) falls woefully short of providing your readers with legitimate facts. For starters, hydraulic fracturing fluids are typically made up of more than 99 percent water and sand, and less than 1 percent of highly diluted additives that we […]

MSC in Bradford Era: Natural gas a winner for region

It’s an absolute fact that natural gas development continues to be an economic and environmental winner for our region. But a letter to the editor (“Rural Pennsylvania Needs a New Voice”) shares misleading and downright false information regarding this important, job-creating, economic driver of the Commonwealth’s economy. Pennsylvania has a unique way of taxing natural […]

MSC in Delaware Co. Daily Times: Common ground for Pa.: Natural gas is delivering results for citizens

By David Spigelmyer As we move deeper into this election season, candidates will crisscross the state offering solutions to create jobs, grow the economy, protect our environment, keep us safe, and increase revenues, among many campaign promises. Even though it may seem like there’s much that pulls us apart, the need for clean, reliable and […]

MSC in Post-Gazette: Shale gas is saving Pennsylvanians on their energy costs

By David Spigelmyer A rock formation more than a mile beneath the Earth’s surface is generating billions of dollars in energy savings for Pennsylvanians. And those savings are particularly helpful to low-income households, who typically pay, as the Post-Gazette has reported, “a higher percentage of their income toward energy costs.” That formation includes the Marcellus […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: Impact fee pays Pa. municipalities dividends

By David Spigelmyer In central Pennsylvania, boaters and anglers can use two new access points to enjoy the scenic Juniata River. Near Wilkes-Barre, workers will rehabilitate four steel bridges that have fallen into disrepair. In Williamsport, a new $16 million airport terminal broke ground early this spring. And in Westmoreland County, the DiVirgilio Sports Complex […]