Natural Gas Fuels July 4th BBQs

As we celebrate Independence Day, many people might be surprised at the number of everyday products made with domestically produced natural gas. So before you head out to the yard to throw around the Frisbee (plastic made from natural gas), or cook hamburgers and corn on the grill (fueled by natural gas), take a moment to consider […]

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 […]

Shell Cracker a Win for Regional Economy

‘Game-Changer’; ‘Renaissance’; ‘Thrilling’ – some of the terms used to describe Shell’s $6 billion commitment to build an ethane cracker plant in western Pennsylvania. This facility, projected to be operational in early 2020, will rely on locally-produced natural gas and create nearly 6,000 construction – many of them for our region’s building trades union members […]

Natural Gas + Infrastructure = American Manufacturing

American’s shale-driven manufacturing renaissance can be strengthened further with the right policies, collaboration as well as the continued build-out of critical infrastructure. As Harvard Business School experts have found, “low energy costs benefit both large and small businesses and will lead to a large number of middle-skills jobs that pay attractive wages.” Locally, this is […]

Natural Gas: Earth Day’s Shining Star

Thanks to clean-burning natural gas, America is making meaningful environmental gains, while producing the reliable, affordable energy needed to power our economy. This week, MSC president David Spigelmyer took the opinion pages of The Intelligencer to underscore some of these key facts. In a column titled “We can produce energy and still protect the environment,” […]

Natural Gas Strengthens America’s Energy Security, Delivers Consumer Benefits

As some in Harrisburg continue to pursue misguided plans for even higher energy taxes and unnecessary, additional regulations that will provide little-to-no environmental benefit, MSC’s David Spigelmyer joined WPGP’s Rose Tennent to discuss the benefits of affordable, clean-burning natural gas. Here are highlights from Spigelmyer’s interview yesterday: On Strengthening National Security “Shale development has lessened […]

Fact-Checking Higher Energy Tax Claims

Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry – and the tens of thousands of local workers across hundreds of small- and medium-sized regional businesses and building trades unions – is facing historic financial challenges, forcing dozens of energy and supply chain companies to dramatically reduce investments, close their doors, enter bankruptcy and lay off tens of thousands of […]

MSC Highlights Pa.’s Strong Regulations

MSC president Dave Spigelmyer touted Pennsylvania’s strong, modernized regulatory framework this week on 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR station, and also addressed DEP’s costly and burdensome proposal that “will cost Pennsylvania job creators nearly $2 billion annually without providing meaningful environmental benefits.” Here are key excerpts from the segment: On Pa’s Commonsense, Modernized Regulations “Reviews of […]

A New Year for American Energy

What do local communities, the environment, national security and trade unions have in common? They are all thriving thanks to increased production of American natural gas. Yet there couldn’t be a worse time for higher energy taxes on an industry struggling with historically low commodity prices. The fact remains that shale’s supply chain – as […]

Natural Gas Delivers Holiday Savings for Consumers

Thanks to our region’s abundant natural gas resources, consumer heating costs are falling, delivering significant energy savings for local families and small businesses. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer told KDKA-TV this week: “The reason [consumers] are going to pay less to heat their home, cook their food, dry their clothes, heat their hot water is the […]