Archives for April 2011

What They’re Saying: Marcellus Shale Putting Pennsylvanians to Work, “Opportunities Are Plentiful, Enduring”

“Thanks to the booming gas industry in Pennsylvania’s northern tier, Pittston-based construction company Linde Corp. plans to make hundreds of new hires in the next 18 months” “Career options in our region are expanding mightily due to Marcellus shale development … Clearly, Marcellus shale exploration and development is an industry that is growing rapidly, so […]

April 20, 2011 – MSC Letter to PA DEP Secretary Michael Krancer

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), I write to you today to express our commitment to meet the call of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to halt the delivery of flowback and produced water from shale gas extraction to the facilities that currently accept it under special provisions of last year’s Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) regulations. Our members are carefully reviewing their operations and support achieving this milestone by May 19, 2011. The MSC shares the DEP’s dedication to the protection of public water supplies and is taking this action as a clear demonstration of that commitment. This decision is a further reflection of our Guiding Principles for responsible natural gas production – including our focus on state of the art environmental protections and increased transparency in our operations throughout the Commonwealth.

MSC Actively Addressing Bromide Issue, Supports DEP Guidance

Canonsburg, PA – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is actively working to reduce the amount of water taken to surface discharge facilities and is crafting solutions to address the issue of bromides entering waterways. When present with organic matter and chlorine – commonly used to at drinking water plants – brominated species of trihalomethanes (THMs) […]

What They’re Saying: Shale Gas Development Moving Country Toward Cleaner Energy Future, Diminishing the Middle East’s Strategic Importance

New York Times Columnist Joe Nocera: “The country has been handed an incredible gift with the Marcellus Shale. With an estimated 500 trillion cubic feet of reserves, it is widely believed to be the second-largest natural gas field ever discovered. Which means that those of you who live near this tremendous resource have two choices. […]

USA Today Analysis Shows Marcellus-Related Jobs in Pa. Continue to Grow As Nation’s Workforce Hits 30-Year Low

Canonsburg, PA – According to a new USA Today analysis, “The share of the population that is working fell to its lowest level last year since women started entering the workforce in large numbers three decades ago.” In today’s paper, reporter Dennis Cauchon notes that “only 45.4% of Americans had jobs in 2010, the lowest […]

MSC: Draft DRBC Regulations Duplicative, Exceed Body’s Legal Authority

Canonsburg, PA – Pursuant to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) public notice for comment on Proposed Amendments to the Water Quality Regulations, Water Code and Comprehensive Plan to Provide for Regulation of Natural Gas Development Projects (hereinto “draft regulations”), the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) this week submitted comments outlining concerns with the draft regulations, […]

Five Things to Know about the Cornell Shale Study (Courtesy of Energy In Depth)

(Courtesy of Energy In Depth) | PERMALINK Five Things to Know about the Cornell Shale Study Almost year to the day after first attempt to smear shale gas fails, Howarth back at it again with new report set for release this week Call it an annual rite of spring for the community of Ithaca, N.Y. […]

MSC on New Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Site: “Positive Step Toward Further Heightening Transparency”

Canonsburg, PA – After months of collaborative efforts led by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC),  www.FracFocus.org officially launched yesterday. The site, funded in part by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, will disclose the additives used in the hydraulic fracturing process on a well-by-well basis. These […]

MSC Study Adds Momentum to Nationwide Drive for Natural Gas Vehicles

NGV Roadmap Sets Strategy for More Economic and Environmental Benefits, Greater Energy Security Canonsburg, PA – In Harrisburg, Washington, DC, and across the country, policymakers and other key stakeholders are engaged in an ongoing conversation about expanding the use of low-cost, clean-burning natural gas – specifically through consumer and commercial natural gas vehicles (NGVs).  Last […]

Wheeling News-Register Editorial: “Keep Drilling Rigs at Work”

http://www.news-register.net/page/content.detail/id/553796/Keep-Drilling-Rigs-at-Work.html?nav=511 Keep Drilling Rigs at Work April 6, 2011 By The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register “Moratoriums such as New York’s make no sense in view of the gas drilling industry’s environmental record. We are aware of no serious, proven environmental problems with Marcellus Shale wells. … Americans need all the help we can get with […]

NGV Road Map For Pennsylvania Jobs, Energy Security and Clean Air

The natural gas in the Marcellus Shale represents one of the largest energy reserves in the world. This clean-burning resource provides a unique opportunity for the transportation sector to move toward a lower-cost, lower-emission and domestic energy resource to meet our transportation needs in an economically and environmentally responsible manner. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) […]

Gov. Ridge Urges President Obama to Highlight Clear Benefits of American Natural Gas in Upcoming Visit to the Commonwealth

Extends Open Invitation for the President to Visit a Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Production Site Canonsburg, PA – Tomorrow, President Obama is scheduled to visit “a Bucks County wind-turbine plant,” as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a speech last week, the president said this about American natural gas production from shale formations, such as […]

New Study Outlines Pennsylvania’s Clean Transportation Roadmap

Natural Gas Vehicles: A Clear, Cleaner, Cost-Effective Alternative Canonsburg, PA – While it is widely known that the Marcellus Shale’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources represent one of the world’s largest energy reserves, a new study — Roadmap for Pennsylvania Jobs, Energy Security and Clean Air — examines one of the many long-term benefits associated […]

Industry head wants policy to follow natural gas promise

By Michael Bradwell Washington Observer-Reporter 4/2/2011 CANONSBURG – The head of the Marcellus Shale Coalition said Thursday she is pleased to see President Obama include natural gas as part of a national energy strategy. But Kathryn Klaber, executive director of the 2-year-old industry group that represents about 180 companies working in the shale strata said […]

By The Numbers: The Mighty Marcellus, A Powerful Job Creation Engine

Federal Economic Data Makes Clear the Marcellus Shale’s Positive Impact Across the Commonwealth Canonsburg, Pa. –  The Mighty Marcellus Shale – the world’s second largest natural gas field – continues to be a driving economic force in the Commonwealth, helping to create jobs for tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians, revitalizing rural economies, generating millions in […]