Archives for May 2010

Lessons from the Bakken

North Dakota shoots up the list of top energy-producing states thanks to sound regulatory, legislative framework – will Pennsylvania follow its lead in the Marcellus? Quick: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when the subject of North Dakota comes up? Well, assuming it ever does, there’s that famous Coen brothers film of the […]

In His Own Words: PA DEP Regulator Separates Fact from Fiction on the Marcellus

Director of DEP’s bureau of oil and gas management addresses town hall audience in Northeast PA CANONSBURG, Pa. – Producers of natural gas in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Marcellus Shale “have been building their wells to exceed our current regulatory standards,” the head of DEP’s bureau of oil and gas management told a Luzerne County […]

DEP Regulator Separates Fact from Fiction on the Marcellus Shale

Scott Perry, director of oil & gas management with Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) presents on the Marcellus Shale at Misericordia University.

What They’re Saying About the New Penn State Marcellus Shale Economic Impact Study

Marcellus Shale will bring 212,000 jobs. “By 2020, the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry will have created or supported 212,000 Pennsylvania jobs, according to a Penn State projection released Tuesday and paid for by the industry. “The Economic Impacts of the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play: An Update,” revises some of the projections made […]

New Study: Marcellus Shale Expected to Create 212,000 New Jobs by 2020 – on Top of Thousands Already Being Created Now

The safe and steady development of clean-burning natural gas in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Marcellus Shale has the potential to create an additional 212,000 new jobs over the next 10 years on top of the thousands already being generated all across the Commonwealth.

Marcellus Shale Coalition Unveils New, Interactive Online Headquarters will serve as interactive, one-stop shop for news, views and education on the Marcellus Shale Canonsburg, Pa. – The new online home of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) officially went live earlier today, with the organization of more than 90 members — representing the vast majority of shale gas producers throughout the Appalachian region […]

Shale gas will change the world

Financial Times
Everybody’s favourite moment in The Graduate is when the film’s hero is cornered by one of his parents’ friends. The older man’s advice to Benjamin Braddock consists of just one word – “plastics”. Something similar keeps happening to me at international conferences. I will be minding my own business, when a delegate will get up with a gleam in his eye and announce portentously – “shale gas!”

The Economic Impacts of the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play: An Update

Fully developed, the Marcellus Shale has the potential to be the second largest natural gas field in the world, behind only the South Pars/Asalouyeh field shared between the nations of Iran and Qatar. Converted to British Thermal Units (BTUs), the natural gas found in the Marcellus could be equivalent to the energy content of 87 billion barrels of oil, enough to meet the demand of the entire world for nearly three years.

Shale coalition president promotes drilling’s economic benefits

Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
SCRANTON – The president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition on Monday told regional community leaders that development of the Marcellus Shale not only will help the economy on a large scale, but it’s just as important to recognize the effects on the area business owners and the area job market.

Each gas well to use $4M of locally-produced materials

Scranton Times-Tribune
The state’s growing natural gas industry offers expanding industrial and employment opportunities in the region, the head of an industry trade group said Thursday.

Natural gas impacts discussed

Towanda Review
Some state representatives from around the Commonwealth got an idea of the tremendous impact the Marcellus Shale natural gas play has had on Bradford County during a public hearing in Ulster Thursday.

The Sound and the Fury

Earlier this week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) joined local elected officials and leaders from the steel, trucking and manufacturing sectors to discuss the positive and growing impact that responsible shale gas development is having on the economic fortunes of the Commonwealth.

What They’re Saying: “Prolific Pennsylvania’s” Marcellus Shale Creating Thousands of Jobs Across the Commonwealth

Marcellus shale creates jobs. “The mile-deep Marcellus shale formation covers all or part of seven states and is estimated to contain enough gas to handle the country’s needs for decades. “We felt we needed to hold a meeting like this for a long time,” said Katy Klaber, executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. “We hear the macroeconomic view about the thousands of jobs created by Marcellus shale drilling, but these examples show that someone locally has a job due to the Marcellus impact.”

Marcellus shale creates jobs

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Jason Norris, of Dura-Bond Industries Inc. in Export, knows firsthand the economic impact of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation.

Industry, Local Elected Officials: Responsible Marcellus Development Creating Manufacturing Jobs Throughout the Commonwealth

DUQUESNE, Pa. – Earlier today, natural gas, steel manufacturing and transportation industry leaders from across the region joined local elected officials at the United States Steel Corporation’s Mon Valley Works training center to discuss the positive and growing impact that responsible Marcellus Shale gas development is having on the Commonwealth.

Life on a Drilling Rig

Natural gas drilling is changing the landscape of the northern tier in many ways.

Gas rates falling for UGI customers, thanks to shale

Scranton Times-Tribune
After maintaining the state’s highest natural gas rates for the better part of a year, UGI Penn Natural Gas announced two rate cuts for 2010, delivering a double-digit decrease in consumers’ bill next heating season.

‘Silent majority’ is pro-drilling

Times Herald-Record
They call themselves the silent majority. They’re farmers and sportsmen, educators and entrepreneurs. And they want to drill for natural gas. Now.

Economic impact of Marcellus Shale extensive

Washington Observer-Reporter
The Marcellus Shale formation has had and will continue to have a profound impact on the economy of our county and our region. While some are concerned about the environmental considerations related to deep gas development, there is no question that the Marcellus Shale will benefit most of us greatly.

Have You Driven a Ford Lately?

As debate over taxes and regulations continues in Marcellus, regulators in Texas suspend the state’s severance tax to encourage new investment in Eagle Ford

MSC Hails DEP Meeting as “Positive Progress”

Nearly 90 members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) were on hand in Harrisburg to meet with PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) secretary John Hanger today, part of the Coalition’s ongoing and open dialogue with regulators, stakeholders, the public and the press on the many ways in which the responsible development of clean-burning natural gas resources in the Commonwealth can help the state achieve key priorities related to energy, the economy and the environment.

What They’re Saying: Marcellus Shale is Helping to Save Family Farms, Creating “Well-Paying” Steel Jobs, Positively Impacting the Economy “In a Thousand Ways Daily”

“Natural gas drilling leases saving farms … “It let us build a heifer barn” for female cattle that have not produced calves, owner Paul Manning said of a lease covering 147 acres of his North Abington Twp. farm.”

Clean-Burning Shale Gas Continues to Provide Economic Opportunity, Jobs Throughout the Commonwealth

The economic climate right now in the nation, especially in small and rural communities across Pennsylvania, remains challenging to say the least – and as volatile and uncertain today as it’s been in decades. For proof of that, look no further than the Commonwealth’s jobless rate, which remains right at the doorstep of double-digits.

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Marcellus Transportation Safety Day a Success: Click here to learn more.

Leaders Discuss Impact Of Marcellus Shale Drilling

Drilling for natural gas in the so-called “Marcellus Shale” deposit is creating thousands of jobs and turning farmers into millionaires. But critics say it’s also scarring the land, creating noise and dirt and pitting neighbor against neighbor.

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Guiding Principles: Our Commitment to the Community

The Marcellus Multiplier

The safe and steady development of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania is creating a “boom in blue-collar jobs” throughout the Commonwealth – one that according to Penn State, is expected to generate more than 100,000 jobs in Pennsylvania by year’s end.

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Friends of Marcellus: Join Our Team and Learn More

Marcellus Shale in PA: Re-Writing a Legacy of the Past, and Creating a New One for the Future

Here’s a number that might surprise you: According to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA), Pennsylvania is home to more than 55,000 active natural gas wells, more than any other state in the nation but one.