MSC in O-R: Greater production of natural gas must be encouraged

Donora is well-known for producing legendary baseball players, such as Stan Musial or the two Ken Griffeys. However, like many small Rust Belt communities across our region and especially in the Mon Valley, Donora has faced big struggles over the years. But the tide is starting to turn, and manufacturing jobs – once the heartbeat […]

Manufacturing Jobs “The Crown Jewel” of American Natural Gas

U.S. natural gas production reached a record high in 2015 and “for the third consecutive year, Pennsylvania saw the largest total gain in annual production,” accordingly to recently released federal data. This new data also shows that overall natural gas use reached record levels in 2015, increasing nearly 3% from the previous year. That increased […]

SHALE INSIGHT 2016 Highlights Shale’s Regional Benefits

Joining with regional West Virginia and Ohio partners, SHALE INSIGHT™ returned to Pittsburgh this year with a clear focus on the economic and environmental opportunities that shale development presents for the Appalachian Basin and beyond. The two-day conference, which attracted more than 1,300 attendees from across the globe, featured engaging keynote speakers, panel discussions, and […]

Top 5 Must See Programs at SHALE INSIGHT 2016

Returning to Pittsburgh for its sixth year, SHALE INSIGHT 2016 opens this week with an exciting new partnership highlighting the entire region. Since the first SHALE INSIGHT in Philadelphia, the conference — which alternates between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — has established itself as a top-tier forum where leaders, experts, and policymakers discuss challenges and opportunities […]

Top U.S. Official Touts American Natural Gas on Capitol Hill

“The U.S. is also now the number one producer of natural gas in the world,” confirmed U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz during a congressional hearing today. Thanks to responsible shale development – led largely by producers in the Commonwealth – America is more energy secure, families are realizing significant energy savings, Made in America is […]

Pa. Natural Gas Production, Overall Safety Soar in 2015

Pennsylvania natural gas output continues to break records, as more than 4.6 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of this clean-burning domestic resource was safely produced in 2015, according to a new Pa. DEP report. And as natural gas production soared by 318% since 2011, overall regulatory compliance metrics reflect the industry’s second-to-none commitment to environmental and […]

American Energy = American Manufacturing Jobs

Shell’s recent decision to move forward with building an ethane cracker plant, which will generate significant economic benefits including nearly 6,000 construction jobs, brings into focus shale’s larger role in driving a regional manufacturing renaissance. In fact, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer and Pa. Manufacturers’ Association president David Taylor highlighted this shale-driven manufacturing comeback in a […]

America Continues Reign as World’s Top Natural Gas Producer

Thanks to America’s shale energy revolution, the United States remains the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report. Since surpassing Russia in 2011, the U.S. has maintained its number one position in natural gas production with Pennsylvania contributing significantly to America’s enhanced security. In addition to […]

MSC Earth Day Column: Natural Gas Enhances Our Environment

While Earth Day is recognized once a year, we all have an obligation to ensure that we’re taking daily steps aimed at protecting and enhancing our environment. After all, as the saying goes, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Earth Day provides an important opportunity to take […]

Fracking Bans Harm Middle-Class Families, Union Jobs, Environment

In the height of political campaigns, it’s often hard to separate fact and fiction. This is especially true as it relates tightly-regulated, job-creating natural gas development. Despite what some political candidates say, hydraulic fracturing is a safe, proven technology that is delivering energy savings for American families and manufacturers. What’s more, greater natural gas is […]