Archives for June 2010

Bucking Trends: Marcellus Shale Producing Counties Continue to Add Jobs as Unemployment Climbs Elsewhere

Marcellus job growth the largest “for any sector in [PA], save for…temporary census jobs” Want to know how tough the economy is in Pennsylvania right now? Of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties, only five did not lose jobs over the past 12 months. But only two of those counties actually improved their unemployment rate (that is, […]

Unemployment figures different in rural NEPA due to gas industry

Scranton Times-Tribune
In May, a Penn State University study funded by the natural gas industry said development in the Marcellus Shale region would create 88,000 jobs in 2010. With unemployment up in the state, Bradford County has bucked trends with an unemployment rate that has gone down in the last year. Other rural counties in the region have seen joblessness increase at rates much less than the state and more urban counties, such as Lackawanna and Luzerne.

NEPA schools preparing workers for jobs in gas-drilling industry

Scranton Times-Tribune
With the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas development throughout the region, area educational institutions are growing to keep up with work force demands. New training, certification and degree programs are being created at local schools to ensure local job skills are tailored to white- and blue-collared job needs related to the natural gas drilling industry.

Pipe makers’ sales skyrocket along with area’s gas boom

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Natural gas drilling rigs are using thousands of tons of pipe and tubing products every day in the booming Marcellus shale region, experts said yesterday.

Gasland Documentary Blasted

WICZ-TV
A documentary portraying the negative effects of gas drilling is getting negative feedback. The film was recognized at the Sundance Film Festival but Pennsylvania’s department of environmental protection secretary John Hanger–who’s been criticized by environmental groups, says the documentary is fundamentally dishonest and full of propaganda.

Making the case for drilling in New York

Sayre Morning Times
Dr. Don Siegel said Thursday he is tired of all the hype. He is tired, he said, of seeing what he calls “an enormous amount of misinformation” about natural gas drilling, specifically hydraulic fracturing, being distributed and broadcast by the media. Siegel, a hydrogeology professor at Syracuse University, was part of a five-member panel who spoke at a news conference Thursday at the Holiday Inn Arena.

It’s Up To You New York

The economic benefits associated with the responsible and environmentally sound development of the Marcellus Shale’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas reserves are overwhelming. Tens of thousands of good-paying jobs are being created across the Commonweal of Pennsylvania, where Marcellus development has been underway for several years. Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues are being […]

GWPC Letter on Hydraulic Fracturing

Recently, a film called Gasland premiered on HBO. The film stated that the Ground Water Protection Council refused an interview with the filmmaker regarding the practice known as “hydraulic fracturing”. This statement by the filmmakers was inaccurate.

Expert: Anti-drilling claims full of hyperbole

Ithaca Journal
According to Syracuse University Earth Sciences professor Don Siegel, these concerns are more myth than reality. “This is the first environmental issue that I’ve thrown my hat into the ring on,” he said.

What They’re Saying: Marcellus Shale “a wonderful thing”; Creating tens of thousands of “family-sustaining jobs”

“There were a lot of people around here who had a nicer Christmas last year because of the gas busines “The greatest economic and clean-energy opportunity of our lifetime “This is a good thing for us” Marcellus Shale creating “family-sustaining jobs”: John Moran Jr., president of Moran Industries, described the arrival of the natural gas […]

Letter to the New York State Assembly

The undersigned organizations write to ask that you oppose any legislation to impose a statutory moratorium on gas drilling in New York. As the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation completes its review of the environmental impact statement governing natural gas exploration in New York, we believe that the way forward to the safe development of the Marcellus Shale is clear.

Jobs for Pa., clean air for everyone

Pottstown Mercury, Congressman Joe Pitts
As you are no doubt aware, the United State receives the majority of our oil from overseas sources. Unfortunately, we are dependent on volatile regions and despotic regimes for the petroleum that runs our cars. Just a few years ago it appeared that the United States would soon be dependent on foreign nations not only for oil, but also for natural gas.

Natural-gas drilling is tightly regulated in PA

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sen. Mary Jo White
While the scale of Marcellus Shale drilling is new to Pennsylvania, we have had a robust oil and gas industry in the commonwealth for decades. Any comparisons to past industrial extraction, such as coal mining, which occurred before the enactment of environmental laws, are simply inaccurate.

Marcellus Shale Coalition Letter to the Pittsburgh City Council

We understand that the City Council is considering a proposal seeking to greatly restrict, and potentially even ban, the responsible development of clean-burning natural gas resources anywhere within the more than 35,000 acres comprising the city of Pittsburgh.

Marcellus Shale ‘crop’ sustaining family farms

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, LTE
As a farmer in the Marcellus Shale region, I have a different opinion on natural gas leasing and the effect on agriculture and the environment in Pennsylvania.

Project a gas

Scranton Times-Tribune, Editorial
A $500,000 upgrade of the historic rail yard in Fell Twp., which was built in 1825 to help ignite the region’s coal boom, is a good example of the region’s new gas industry’s ability to boost overall economic development and of the growing importance of rail freight to the region.

Move forward on Marcellus shale plans

Albany Times Union, LTE
Unquestionably, the technology is already in place that can prevent these incidents and minimize the surface impact of shale gas drilling. Industry practice has reduced the surface impact of well pads to two miles apart and recycles and reuses nearly 100 percent of produced water. New York almost certainly will require full disclosure of chemicals and closed loop systems that make spills extremely unlikely.

Rail yard dormant since King Coal’s demise revived by Shale

Scranton Times-Tribune
This is where Marcellus Shale succeeds King Coal. Traffic will resume next month at the historic Carbondale rail yard after Linde Corp., a Honesdale-based utility and heavy construction contractor, completes a $500,000 upgrade linked to the region’s emerging natural-gas industry.

Let US gas build US jobs

Scranton Times-Tribune, Editorial
In contrast, about 98 percent of all the natural gas consumed in the United States is produced here. Moreover, as demonstrated by the Marcellus Shale boom, the supply is abundant. Penn State geologists have estimated that the Marcellus Shale field alone contains more than 500 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas, whereas current national consumption is about 20 trillion cubic feet per year.

MSC Statement on New Water Treatment Rules

Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) passed a new rule mandating an “end of pipe”, 500 milligrams per liter cap on the concentration of total dissolved solids (TDS) in the disposal of produced water from natural gas production. Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), […]