Onward & Upward: Pa. Shale Production Soars, Creating Huge Local Benefits

Shale gas production in our region continues to shatter records. And as safe natural gas production climbs to new heights, it brings with it opportunities for our local workforce, a manufacturing renaissance, sharply improved air quality for our region’s economy. As CNBC’s Jim Cramer noted this week, “we’re in the middle of a domestic energy […]

What They’re Saying: MSC Annual Workforce Highlights

This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) released its annual workforce survey [press release; pdf. results], which was widely covered by regional and national media – including the Ellwood City Ledger, Titusville Herald, Times Leader, StateImpact, Rigzone, E&E News, as well as KDKA Radio. Here’s what others are saying about job-creating shale trends from this year’s […]

Just The Facts: GAO Report on Underground Injection Wells

This week, the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report – made at the request of several members of Congress – on the issue and use of Underground Injection Control (UIC) wells. As way of background, according to U.S. EPA, injection wells are “a safe option for the disposal” of various wastewater byproducts, including […]

New Report: “Without Energy, There’d Be No Economic Growth in the U.S.”

This week, Chicago-based commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) released its 2014 North American Energy Outlook report. The comprehensive analysis of energy “surge towns” details the positive growth small and large communities alike continue to realize as shale development creates “a positive ripple effect through the economy.” Here are key highlights from the […]

DOE Hearing Highlights: Shale Creating “a Huge Manufacturing Renaissance” and “Lifelines to Good Union Jobs”

Carnegie Mellon University was the stage this week for a U.S Department of Energy Quadrennial Energy Review public hearing focused on Natural Gas: Transmission, Storage and Distribution. Energy secretary Ernest Moniz – who has stated that shale development is “environmentally safe and economically stimulating” – led the forum, which included a diverse set of experts […]

Clean Natural Gas Powers Our Economy

With domestic natural gas production “at an all-time high” – driven by the Marcellus Shale – this clean-burning, homegrown fuel is creating broad-based benefits for us all. In fact, Dr. Daniel Yergin – a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and leading expert on global energy trends – said this week that without hydraulic fracturing, the United States […]

Just The Facts: Pa.’s Shale Regulations Ensure Health, Safety

Over the weekend, the Associated Press published a story with the headline “Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracking health impacts.” The “expert” at the center of this story is Dr. Eli Avila, Pennsylvania’s former department of health secretary, who departed the agency in the fall of 2012. It’s important to understand the context of his current […]

“Truly Revolutionary” Shale Development “Playing Key Role in U.S. Recovery”

The safe development of abundant and clean-burning natural gas supplies here in America “really is revolutionary.” Not only is this tightly-regulated development allowing the United States to become a global energy leader, but it’s also “playing a key role in the U.S. recovery.” Here is what they’re saying about job-creating American shale development: “Shale Is […]

Small Businesses to Harrisburg on New Energy Tax: “Don’t Do It!”

According to a new poll, when Pennsylvania voters are given a choice between a new energy tax and jobs, they choose jobs. Thanks to shale development – and the tens of thousands of good-paying, local jobs that this growing industry supports, especially for small businesses and labor organizations – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is well below […]

New Energy Taxes Threaten Pa.’s Economic Recovery

Pennsylvania’s economy – thanks in large part to job-creating shale development – is on a path toward recovery, with more private sector jobs being created each day: “Pa. unemployment rate drops to lowest point since September 2008” (Associated Press, 6/20/14) “Pa. unemployment dips to lowest level since September 2008” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/20/14) “Pa. May unemployment […]