Archives for September 2011

Mighty Marcellus Continues Impressive Job Creation Streak Across the Commonwealth

Washington Co. #3 in Nation in Job Growth, Williamsport #7 Fastest Growing City; Growth En Route to Ohio Canonsburg, Pa. – Did you know there are 3,141 counties in the United States? A large figure by any metric. But as high unemployment continues to persist across the nation, with nearly 14 million Americans still out […]

MSC Statement on New York DEC’s Proposed Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing

Canonsburg, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition President and Executive Director Kathryn Z. Klaber today commented on the rulemaking proposed by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to regulate high-volume hydraulic fracturing needed to facilitate production of natural gas in the state’s Marcellus Shale region: “Clean-burning and abundant natural gas is providing economic, environmental, and […]

New York Post editorial: Over to you, Andrew

Even before state officials last July urged Albany to allow fracking in New York, the case for it was compelling. But the columns on the opposite page, and one in yesterday’s Post, show how it can help real people — beyond just the numbers. And they make clear why Gov. Cuomo needs to move fast […]

MSC to EPA: “Clean-burning natural gas has undeniable air quality benefits”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – At a public U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing today, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president and executive director Kathryn Klaber underscored the fact that “clean-burning natural gas has undeniable air quality benefits.” Klaber strongly recommended “a 60-day extension” for the rulemaking comment period, given the host of proposed air regulations related to domestic […]

Marcellus Shale Coalition Remarks Before the U.S. EPA

Remarks of the Marcellus Shale Coalition Before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regarding Proposed Rules for the Oil and Natural Gas Sector: New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer: Energy expert Yergin: Shale gas here to stay

By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Daniel Yergin, one of the most influential voices in the world of energy, says shale gas is here to stay. “Shale gas has come on really fast,” Yergin, an author and energy analyst, said in an interview Monday. “But people don’t realize it’s 30 percent of our gas production. […]

Centre Daily Times: Startup honored at drilling convention

Nittany Extraction Technologies, a startup that recently received an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, was named from three dozen competitors as one of the winners of the Innovation Expo at the first Shale Gas Insight Conference earlier this month. Sponsored by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the conference highlighted emerging technologies that are expected to […]

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City 7th fastest growing in nation

By ALYSSA MURPHY “We have a 7.8-percent growth rate,” Vince Matteo, chamber president and CEO, said. “The numbers are obvious. The driving rate is the Marcellus Shale.” Williamsport became the seventh fastest growing metropolitan area in the country in 2010, according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The economic growth ranking […]

Scranton Times-Tribune: Flood victims get help from banks, companies to the tune of more than $1 million

BY BORYS KRAWCZENIUK MSC President Kathryn Klaber: “While no amount of contributions will ever overcome the crisis of the last several weeks in northern Pennsylvania, the flood response once again has underscored the importance of close-knit communities during difficult times.” Area businesses are donating more $1 million in money, goods and services to aid victims […]

Centre Daily Times: PennDOT: Natural gas drilling industry minding the roads

By Cliff White MSC President Kathryn Klaber: “The gas industry had spent more than $400 million fixing Pennsylvania roads.” UNIVERSITY PARK — Last year, as winter arrived in Pennsylvania, there were about 400 miles of roads in the commonwealth with major damage caused at least partially by heavy vehicle traffic generated by drilling in the […]

MSC Member Companies Contribute to Northern PA Flood Relief and Recovery Efforts

Approximately $1 million in financial and in-kind contributions to impacted communities State College, Pa. – In the days during and after the severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee earlier this month, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) member companies controlled their operations in northern Pennsylvania to ensure no environmental damage was incurred and no well pads […]

What They’re Saying: “Transformative” Marcellus Shale Boosting “US Manufacturing”

“Natural gas offers not only an alternative to foreign oil but also the creation of thousands of jobs” “The discovery of how to tap the gas in the Marcellus shale presents an almost incredible opportunity” “Marcellus Shale drilling [has] revitalized dying towns and kept the unemployment rate below the national average” “Marcellus shale can transform […]

Marietta Times: Expansion of oil, gas industry could mean more jobs

By Sam Shawver Hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale beneath the Buckeye State could mean thousands of jobs for Ohioans as it already has in neighboring Pennsylvania. More than 72,000 gas and oil jobs have been filled there since 2009, many due to the increase in horizontal drilling and fracking for […]

WNEP-TV: Natural Gas Workers Tackle Flood Cleanup

By Jon Meyer The borough of Athens in Bradford County was especially hit hard in last week’s flood, mainly because the community sits between both the Chemung and Susquehanna rivers. Home after home has first floor flood damage. The Main Street business district in Athens, which was under six feet or more of water last […]

Patriot-News: Floods didn’t affect Marcellus Shale drilling, DEP says

“Apologies folks,” Penn Environment later admitted: the photo was of a flooded rig in Pakistan. By DONALD GILLILAND The flooding from Tropical Storm Lee isn’t the fracking mess some activists thought. The anti-drilling environmentalist group Penn Environment posted a photo of a submerged drilling rig to its Facebook page and Tweeted it saying, “Here’s more […]

Philadelphia Daily News op-ed: Natural gas in the tank: The way to energy independence

BY MIKE JOHNSTON BACK in 2008, before the economy began to unravel, Americans were talking about planning our country’s energy future and looking in new, greener directions. Then things came apart, and our priorities changed. Politicians and economists keep telling us that we aren’t out of the woods, yet few seem to offer any real […]

SHALE GAS INSIGHT’s Innovation Expo Highlights Breakthrough Technologies Driving the Marcellus Natural Gas Industry

Philadelphia, Pa – Further underscoring the natural gas industry’s commitment to technologies that enhance the environmental benefits of shale gas production, two firms – Nittany Extraction Technologies, LLC from State College, Pa. and Earth Data Northeast, Inc. from Exton, Pa. – were recognized last week as winners of the Innovation Expo at the Marcellus Shale […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Fall 2011

Read the fall edition of Marcellus Quarterly Magazine.

Inaugural Shale Gas Insight Conference Highlights National Security, Economic, Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

Canonsburg, Pa. – Last week, more than 1,600 participants – including the nation’s top energy and industrial leaders, legal and environmental professionals, as well as small business owners and entrepreneurs – gathered in Philadelphia for the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) inaugural Shale Gas Insight conference, which garnered coverage from dozens of media outlets. As the […]

Dayton Daily News: Gas boom could create Ohio jobs

A controversial drilling process has raised environmental concerns. By Steve Bennish, Staff Writer Updated 12:00 AM Saturday, September 10, 2011 DAYTON — Ohio appears on the cusp of a 21st-century oil and gas boom that could net tens of thousands of new jobs and perhaps build a foundation for new industry, proponents say. The source […]

Greene County Messenger: Same drill, new technology

By Steve Ferris, for the Greene County Messenger A group of roughnecks wrangle 3,000-pound sections of drilling pipe into a “string” measuring thousands of feet long and steer it to a sweet spot filled with natural gas more than two miles away underground. Tapping into lucrative Marcellus shale gas deposits is labor intensive, but it […]

New York Post editorial: No reason to wait

A new report out of Albany yesterday confirms what most folks already know: Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” will bring huge benefits to New York — with scant chance of environmental harm. Indeed, the report, by the Department of Environmental Conservation, concludes that fracking — a relatively new way to extract natural gas from deep subterranean […]

Times-Reporter editorial: Drilling jobs on the horizon

At least $1 billion in oil and gas lease fees has already been paid to Tuscarawas Valley land-owners for rights to drill down into the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. But even if you don’t happen to be a land baron, there are opportunities for financial gain from the oil and natural gas boom. On […]