Labor Unions: A Key Partner in Pa. Energy Development

Against the Labor Day backdrop, while many of us are focused on backyard cookouts and back-to-school demands, the key partnership among our region’s building trades unions, energy producers and midstream companies is worth taking stock in and celebrating. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer has affirmed before, “our industry is deeply grateful for the critical and growing […]

New Analysis Confirms Gov. Wolf’s Massive Energy Tax Hike Will Sting Pa. Families

The nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) once again confirms in a new report that Gov. Wolf’s latest proposal for even higher energy taxes would make Pennsylvania the nation’s highest natural gas taxed state. In fact, IFO concludes that the governor’s massive tax increase would lead to less overall natural gas production and higher energy costs […]

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 […]

Labor Unions: Building a Stronger Pa. Energy Future

Our region’s building trade and construction unions have unquestionably established themselves as a critical shale industry supply chain partner. From infrastructure development to power generation construction projects, shale development is creating “family-supporting pay and good benefits” as well as “long-term middle-class job opportunities” for the region’s talented and hardworking union and building trades. And top […]

MSC in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Severance Tax Ignores Shale Gas Market Realities

A recent column (“Pennsylvania Needs and Can Afford a Shale Gas Severance Tax,” Jan. 18 Forum) offers a false narrative about basic economic realities associated with new energy taxes, capital investment and continued job growth. These academics, who have collaborated with advocacy groups for new taxes on job creators, ignore the fact that shale development […]

Top Union Official: New Energy “Taxes Will Stifle Growth” for Region’s Workforce

Clean-burning natural gas development across the Appalachian Basin, driven by Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, continues to surge, according to data issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) this week. In fact, according to EIA – thanks to advanced technologies and drilling efficiencies [watch this EIA video to learn more] – “Marcellus Shale gas production will […]