Archives for August 2011

Register now for Marcellus Transportation Safety Day 2011!

Click HERE to download the registration form.  Agenda is available below– register today! MARCELLUS TRANSPORTATION SAFETY DAY Sponsored by Marcellus Shale Coalition Thursday, September 22, 2011 – State College, PA (NOTE: this event will now be held at The Penn Stater) Seminar Goal: Better educate carriers and truck drivers supporting the natural gas industry of Pennsylvania’s […]

Myth vs. Fact: USGS/EIA Marcellus Data

Canonsburg, Pa. – One week ago, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued an updated Marcellus Shale resource assessment, indicating that the “region contains some 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than thought nearly a decade ago,” as reported by the Associated Press. As noted by the AP, the updated USGS […]

Washington Observer-Reporter: Company reduces carbon footprint

By Tara Kinsell, Staff writer CARMICHAELS – Energy Corp. of America is one of the smaller players in the Marcellus Shale drilling operations taking place in Greene County. But, ECA is working hard to be a leader in the reduction of the carbon footprint left behind by drilling, according to Kyle Mork, vice president of […]

Tribune-Review: Gas lease, royalty income taxes top $100 million

By Timothy Puko Pennsylvania landowners are paying hundreds of millions of dollars in income taxes on money earned from Marcellus shale gas activity, and the tax revenue, like the drilling, is growing fast. “I wrote the checks to pay the taxes, so I know,” said Rita Resick, a Somerset County farm owner who has collected […]

Times-Reporter: Carroll cashing in on oil, gas leases

By Jon Baker CARROLLTON — A group of more than 400 Carroll County property owners has signed a lease agreement with a Pennsylvania oil company, earning $40 million in bonus money in the deal. The group, called S.U.R.E. (Standing United Really Excel), signed the agreement June 1 with Rex Energy of State College, Pa. The […]

MSC Statement on NJ Gov. Christie’s One-Year Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

FLASHBACK: Christie Pulls New Jersey From 10-State Climate Initiative “because [state] is relying more on natural gas…to fill its energy needs” (5/26/11) Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition president and executive director Kathryn Z. Klaber issued the following statement regarding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to enact a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing: “Our […]

Marcellus Multiplier in Action: Pa. Small Businesses Learn About Marcellus Supply Chain Opportunities

“Local business owners taking advantage of Marcellus Shale” Canonsburg, Pa. – As responsible Marcellus Shale natural gas development continues to expand across the commonwealth, so too are the opportunities for Pennsylvania-based businesses and workers. That was the topic of discussion at two events held yesterday in Johnstown and La Plume, Pa., where more than 275 […]

Associated Press: USGS boosts amount of Marcellus Shale gas reserves

By KEVIN BEGOS PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday that the Marcellus Shale region contains some 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than thought nearly a decade ago. Tuesday’s figure is much higher than the last government assessment in 2002, which suggested about 2 trillion cubic feet of […]

New Federal Data Highlights Staggering Amount of Clean-Burning American Natural Gas from the Marcellus Shale

USGS: 4,100% increase in technically recoverable Marcellus natural gas from 2002 Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – an independent research arm of the Interior Department – released an updated assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, considered to be second largest natural field in the […]

Sunbury Daily Item: Pilot program fits bill; SUN Tech trains workers for gas industry

By Evamarie Socha “A high school diploma and a real good work ethic are about what you need to get hired in an entry-level job up there” NEW BERLIN — Dennis Hain believes in learning a trade, then being able to find a job in that trade. As director of SUN Area Technical Institute, he […]

Post-Gazette: State gas production spikes

6-month figures show 60% increase for Marcellus Shale wells By Laura Olson, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — Gas production continues to skyrocket in Pennsylvania, with the latest six-month figures showing a 60 percent increase in output for the commonwealth’s Marcellus Shale wells. The more than 1,600 Marcellus wells currently in production put out a total […]

Marcellus Shale Continues its “Rapid Rise” on the Global Energy Stage

U. of Wyo. Prof: “Pennsylvania is becoming a big gas producer in a major way” As jobless claims once again ticked upward this past week, it’s no wonder why consumer confidence dropped “in August to the lowest level since the recession.” Yet, despite these broader, national economic trends, there’s a silver lining in the Rust […]

WOWK-TV: Report: Pittsburgh, Surrounding Region at Center of New Energy Economy

Shale gas could offset imported oil and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for region. Pittsburgh and a surrounding region that includes West Virginia and parts of Ohio may be at the epicenter of the nation’s new energy economy. The region’s proximity to shale gas reserves, coupled with its access to a assets such […]

Courier Express: Marcellus drilling operation goes on display

PENFIELD – As the Marcellus Shale gas industry grows, many may have questions about the process, how to get involved and exactly what Marcellus Shale gas is. Dignitaries, local businesses and the media were given the chance to take an inside look at the gas industry during a special lunch and tour at an active […]

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Natural-gas supply is a sparkplug for state

By Timothy Puko Raymond J. Bologna has a 1,300-foot-high coal pile and tried for more than 20 years to build a power plant to burn it. The economy’s collapse killed his last good chance to make it happen, but he hopes that natural gas — the new economic sparkplug — can revive his project. Bologna […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gas drilling industry reaching out to communities via county fairs

By Erich Schwartzel WAYNESBURG — Consol Energy made $346.8 million last year and spent $4,953 of it Thursday night on a 1,524-pound, black-and-white steer named Oreo. Oreo belonged to an elementary school student named Gregory Staggers until Laural Ziemba, the Consol Energy director of community relations, started waving her auction number at the Greene County […]

MSC Statement on Dept. of Energy Panel’s Shale Gas Recommendations

Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, after several months of hearings and public input, a U.S. Department of Energy panel released a set of “consensus-based” recommendations regarding the shale gas development process. Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, issued the following statement: “Taken together, these fact-based recommendations represent yet another key step […] column: Let the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Create New Jobs

By Bobby Ryan Published August 10, 2011 | In recent days, the markets have signaled concern about the economy.  Amid disappointing employment figures and lagging economic indicators, consumers, investors and businesses are searching for some bright spot in the market. The oil and gas industry, which has consistently shown strength during this lengthy economic […]

Charleston Daily Mail editorial: W.Va. cities should not ban prosperity

Rules on Marcellus Shale drilling should be based on facts, not fear Appalachia along the Ohio River once had steel mills, aluminum plants and glass factories, all thanks to the cheap energy provided by coal and natural gas. Most of those factories are gone, but not the natural gas. New drilling methods make it possible […]

Towanda Daily Review: Pro-gas landowners group forming

BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN WYSOX TOWNSHIP — Approximately 35 people gathered at the Wysox Fire Hall on Tuesday to discuss forming a coalition of landowners in northeastern Pennsylvania that would promote the development of the Marcellus Shale. Several of those who attended the meeting said a landowners’ coalition is needed to prevent the installation of gas […]

Scranton Times-Tribune: Toomey talks shale in Wyoming County

BY JOSH MROZINSKI and ROBERT L. BAKER U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Monday said he is introducing legislation in September to repeal a federal mandate that requires municipalities and states to replace road signs. The congressman announced his plans after meeting with local officials at Scranton City Hall the same day he met with business […]

Press & Sun-Bulletin: Drillers target three counties in Southern Tier

Steve Reilly BINGHAMTON — A portion of the Southern Tier stretching from Binghamton west to Elmira is likely to be the bull’s-eye when natural gas drillers target New York’s portion of the Marcellus Shale, according to experts in shale geology. Terry Engelder and Gary Lash, geologists whose calculations have been credited with helping spur the […]

What They’re Saying: Shale Development Creating Jobs, Economic Growth That “Long Has Been Considered Unthinkable”

Responsible shale development providing a “boost to a long depressed region” “Gas industry provides positive progress for Pa.” “There are tremendous economic benefits to everyone … It stimulates the economy” “Left for Extinct, a Steel Plant Rises in Ohio”: On the edge of the Mahoning River, where once stood dozens of blast furnaces, more than […]

Community Discussion in Philadelphia Gives Residents Insight into Jobs Training, Workforce Development in the Marcellus Shale

Philadelphia, PA – Local residents join area leaders and industry representatives today for a community discussion on natural gas training programs, the impact of workforce development and the industry’s commitment to safe and responsible development in the Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) hosted the public event at […]

MSC in the Times-Leader: Gas industry provides positive progress for Pa.

It was terribly disappointing to read the editorial “Gas firms harmed by blowing hot air” (July 27) in which the newspaper lodged attacks on an industry that’s fueling Pennsylvania’s economic and energy future. While we respect and welcome a healthy public dialogue, this editorial – repeatedly referring to Pennsylvanians who work in our industry and […]

Wall Street Journal: Left for Extinct, a Steel Plant Rises in Ohio

By CLARE ANSBERRY AUGUST 2, 2011 “The steel and shale-gas industries are symbiotic to some degree“ YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—On the edge of the Mahoning River, where once stood dozens of blast furnaces, more than 400 workers are constructing what long has been considered unthinkable: a new $650 million steel plant. When complete, it will stand 10 […]

The Economic Impact of the Value Chain of a Marcellus Shale Well (University of Pittsburgh)

The Economic Impact of the Value Chain of a Marcellus Shale Well Site examines the direct economic impact of a Marcellus Shale well located in Southwestern Pennsylvania.