Archives for July 2011

Pennsylvania Statewide Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment

The Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment is intended to supply baseline data to provide individuals, job seekers, communities, businesses, workforce and economic development professionals, and government officials at all levels with the ability to estimate the direct workforce requirements for Marcellus Shale development. Specifically, the assessment can help outline the key occupations associated with […]

Investor’s Business Daily editorial: Grow Our Way Out

Energy Policy: A new study documents a mini-boom caused by the development of the Marcellus Shale formations in Pennsylvania, creating jobs and revenue. Maybe the second rule of holes is that when you’re in one, start drilling. While Washington unravels over hitting the debt ceiling, fretting over a stagnant economy, a shortage of revenues and […]

MSC op-ed in the Pittsburgh Business Times: Marcellus Shale commission recommendations a road map to getting it right

by Kathryn Z. Klaber Date: Friday, July 29, 2011 If Pennsylvania’s deep history has taught us anything, it’s that compromise is crucial, particularly in the public policy arena. Nearly 225 years ago in Philadelphia, the “Great Compromise of 1787” was struck during the Constitutional Convention, ensuring that all states — irrespective of population — had […]

Wheeling News-Register editorial: Don’t Cripple Gas Industry

July 29, 2011 The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register As usual, the Environmental Protection Agency says a new set of rules will eliminate pollution while saving consumers and industry money. We hope so. On Thursday, the EPA issued a proposal to regulate air pollution at oil and gas wells. Those using hydraulic fracturing to release gas […]

Columbus Dispatch: Driller touts Ohio’s gas and oil

Oklahoma company estimating $20B worth in shale beneath its 1.25 million leased acres Friday, July 29, 2011  03:04 AM By Dan Gearino An Oklahoma company has discovered oil and natural-gas resources in eastern Ohio that it thinks could be worth up to $20billion, an announcement that shows the economic potential of Utica shale. Chesapeake Energy […]

Update on the MSC-Gov. Ridge Partnership

Canonsburg, PA – At its one-year mark, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president and executive director Kathryn Z. Klaber provided the following update regarding the organization’s truly unique and momentous partnership with former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge and his team of subject matter experts and professionals: “Gov. Ridge has provided valuable insight and leadership over the […]

MSC Statement on Proposed EPA Air Regulations

Canonsburg, PA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a series of proposed air emission regulations surrounding the development of American natural gas and oil. The proposed regulations are a result of a “consent decree”, or settlement, stemming from a federal lawsuit brought forth by two groups – based in New Mexico and […]

Williamsport Community Discussion Provides Marcellus-Related Jobs Training, Workforce Development Insight

Williamsport, PA – Local residents in Williamsport, Pa. joined area leaders and business owners today for a community discussion focused on natural gas training programs and the impact of workforce development in the region, as well as the industry’s commitment to safe and responsible development of the Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and […]

Charleston Daily Mail editorial: W.Va. should welcome Marcellus Shale action

If there is no significant harm to the environment, hostility is silly Wednesday July 27, 2011 The Wall Street Journal wrote tellingly Tuesday of the differences between two other Marcellus shale states, Pennsylvania and New York, which it called “a case study in one state embracing economic opportunity, while the other has let environmental politics […]

Wall Street Journal editorial: A Tale of Two Shale States

Pennsylvania’s gain vs. New York’s missed opportunity. REVIEW & OUTLOOK JULY 26, 2011 Politicians wringing their hands over how to create more jobs might study the shale boom along the New York and Pennsylvania border. It’s a case study in one state embracing economic opportunity, while the other has let environmental politics trump development. The […]

New York Post editorial: Just the fracks

July 22, 2011 If a new study out of Penn State doesn’t make New Yorkers breathless at the chance to allow hydraulic fracturing — a new method for extracting natural gas — absolutely nothing will. The study says Pennsylvania, which allows the process (also known as fracking), will reap a $12.8 billion bonanza this year […]

MSC Statement on Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission’s Final Report

Canonsburg, PA – Today, the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission released its final report of recommendations. Ray Walker, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) chairman and senior vice president of Range Resources, was the coalition’s representative on the commission. Several other MSC member company representatives also served on the commission. “The Marcellus Shale Coalition stands ready to work […]

New York Post: It’s a ga$! New study fuels fracking backing

By FREDRIC U. DICKER State Editor July 22, 2011 ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo is hailing a new Pennsylvania study showing that the huge Marcellus Shale natural-gas field on the New York border could supply 25 percent of the nation’s gas needs and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Cuomo — who’s weighing a late-June report […]

CBS 21: Marcellus Shale has potential to make PA a global natural gas supplier

Reported by: Chris Papst Contributor: Nate Wardle Published: 7/21/2011 Could Pennsylvania be the next Saudi Arabia?  A new study by Penn State seems to think so. For lack of a better term, Pennsylvania is sitting on a gold mine.  A recent study from Penn State, which was funded by the oil industry, found that the […]

Highlights From New Marcellus Shale Study: “Prolific Marcellus Could Soon Lead US in Natural Gas Production”

Canonsburg, PA – A new study released yesterday sheds light on the robust economic impact that the responsible development of clean-burning, American natural gas continues to have throughout the Commonwealth. Conducted by Penn State University researchers, the analysis underscores how far-reaching, genuine and sustained the growth is associated with Marcellus Shale natural gas production, particularly […]

The Pennsylvania Marcellus Natural Gas Industry: Status Economic Impacts and Future Potential

This study is the third in a series of reports (Considine, et al., 2009 and 2010) documenting the development of the Marcellus Shale and its economic impacts on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This update finds that during 2010 Pennsylvania Marcellus natural gas development generated $11.2 billion in value added or the regional equivalent of gross […]

New Study: Pa. Self-Sufficient in Natural Gas, Marcellus Shale Could Lead Nation in Production by 2020

Total 2011 economic impact of Marcellus could exceed $12 billion, Pennsylvania consumer savings topped $633 million in 2010 Duquesne, PA – At current rates, the Marcellus Shale formation could become the leading supplier of natural gas in the United States within a decade, according to an analysis released today entitled “The Pennsylvania Marcellus Natural Gas […]

Shale Gas and U.S. National Security

This study assesses the impact of U.S domestic shale gas development on energy security and U.S. national security. Prepared in conjunction with an energy study sponsored by the Baker Institute and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. (Kenneth B. Medlock III, Amy Myers Jaffe, Peter Hartley)

By The Numbers: What Responsible Clean-Burning American Natural Gas Development Means For NY

Canonsburg, PA – Real progress is being made in New York State toward responsibly developing abundant supplies of clean-burning American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation. Recently, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its updated draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), the proposed regulatory framework for shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing, […]

Drilling for Jobs – What the Marcellus Shale could mean for New York

There are very few opportunities available to New York State with the same jobcreating potential as exploring and developing the Marcellus Shale formation. The safe and sustainable development of the Marcellus can help to transform the economy in New York’s Southern Tier. The effects of the recent global recession are still resonating in much of […]