Why is Propane so freakin expensive?

According to the Energy Information Agency (EIA), propane prices are subject to a number of influences, some common to all petroleum products, and others unique to propane. Because propane is easily transported, it can serve many different markets, from fueling barbecue grills to producing petrochemicals. The price of propane in these markets is influenced by […]

How much natural gas is being extracted from wells in my area?

Unfortunately we do not know which county you reside in, however the Pa. Department of Environment Protection has a great online resource where you can view production reports for wells in your area.

How long will Marcellus Shale be drilling?

The short answer to your question is at least a few decades, probably 30 years. As the second largest natural gas field in the world, at approximately 95,000 square miles and estimated to contain upwards of 410 trillion cubic feet of gas, this is an industry that will be around for quite some time. In […]

Is the industry aware that some groups seem pleased with their behavior so far? An attendee asked “What’s the issue”?

As a matter of fact, yes, we frequently hear from individuals, businesses and various stakeholders groups from all corners of the Commonwealth that support safe, job-creating natural gas development. Protecting and enhancing our environment, creating good local jobs and lowering energy costs for consumers is widely supported. This support bears out in public opinion polling […]

Is this campaign an attempt to cover your own asses when the general public finds out you are screwing them?

The safe development of clean-burning domestic natural gas represents an historic opportunity for our region and for the nation. Our industry’s collective efforts — including this initiative — are focused on fostering a fact- and science-based community conversation about safe, job-creating American natural gas. We have an obligation to answer real questions with straightforward facts. […]

What is the commitment to communicate to low income residents and how can we evaluate the success of that communication?

The MSC, and our member companies, are committed to effectively communicating with and engaging every single demographic and a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Each and every one of us stands to continue to benefit from safe shale development, through more affordable energy costs, cleaner air and more jobs. For example, we have partnered with various […]

Haven’t scientists been developing natural gas all along?

Natural gas development was pioneered in the United States. In fact, “In 1821, William Hart dug the first successful natural gas well in the U.S. in Fredonia, New York.” And today — thanks to the persistence and entrepreneurial spirit of George Mitchell and others — “We produce more natural gas than any country on Earth,” […]

Is the industry willing to work with the conservation groups to make a documentary DVD or TV program focusing on the benefits to wildlife and wildlife habitat?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition is always open to considering new partnerships. Please contact us if you have an idea you would like to discuss. You can also read about our members’ commitment to wildlife and wildlife habitat in a fact sheet about how we strive to share the woods and in our Recommended Practices of […]

Why is there an east/west divide around the industry?

The short answer is the natural gas found in central and northeastern Pennsylvania is considered “dry gas” while the natural gas developed in western and southwestern Pennsylvania is “wet gas.” This has to do with the contents of the gas. Dry gas is close to pure methane. Wet gas has heavier hydrocarbons (butane, ethane, propane) […]

I have a natural gas stove. Every time I turn it on, my dog gets scared and runs out of the house. Is natural gas bad for the animals?

Not that we’re aware of. As pet owners and dog lovers ourselves, my dog gets scared when I turn on the vacuum cleaner. So it may just be a function of the dog not liking the blue flame. But to be certain, you may want to consult with your vet.