Archives for November 2011

MSC Highlights Industry’s Unmatched Regional Economic Impact Prior to the President’s Visit

Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, President Barack Obama will visit Scranton, where the “principal issue” he’s expected to address will be jobs. And as poll after poll continues to underscore the American people’s concern about job creation and economic growth, this is a welcomed visit from our nation’s leader. For its part, the natural gas industry […]

Plain Dealer: Vallourec to build yet another steel plant in Youngstown; $57 million expansion could create 100 jobs

Robert Schoenberger CLEVELAND, Ohio — French oil and gas pipeline company Vallourec is doubling down on Youngstown, investing another $57 million there to capitalize on an expected boom in shale gas drilling. The new VAM USA threading plant will take steel pipes made at Vallourec’s V&M Star mill in Youngstown and cut threads into them, […]

What They’re Saying: “Ever-growing Marcellus Shale industry is and will continue to be a driving force of the local economy”

AP: “Ohio Shale Drilling Spurs Job Hopes in Rust Belt”: A rare sight in hard-luck Youngstown, a new industrial plant, has generated hope that a surge in oil and natural gas drilling across a multistate region might jump-start a revival in Rust Belt manufacturing. The $650 million V&M Star mill, located along a desolate stretch […]

Associated Press: Ohio shale drilling spurs job hopes in Rust Belt

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A rare sight in hard-luck Youngstown, a new industrial plant, has generated hope that a surge in oil and natural gas drilling across a multistate region might jump-start a revival in Rust Belt manufacturing. The $650 million V&M Star mill, located along a desolate stretch that once was a showcase for American […]

Milton Daily Standard: Shale industry impact felt locally

by Kevin Mertz MILTON — The ever-growing Marcellus Shale industry is and will continue to be a driving force of the local economy, according to the president and CEO of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce. Maria Culp said businesses related to the industry have already had an impact on the local economy and will […]

Wall Street Journal editorial: The Non-Green Jobs Boom

Forget ‘clean energy.’ Oil and gas are boosting U.S. employment. Some 214,000 jobs are now tied to a natural gas industry that barely existed in the Keystone State a decade ago. So President Obama was right all along. Domestic energy production really is a path to prosperity and new job creation. His mistake was predicting […]

With Deer Season Around the Corner, MSC Offers Hunting Tips

Canonsburg, PA – Thanksgiving offers all Pennsylvanians and Americans an opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the many blessings we’re afforded to live in a free and just society. In much of Pennsylvania, it also serves as a reminder to thousands of sportsmen that opening day of deer season is around the corner. With […]

NY Farm Bureau, Econ. Development Council Support Responsible Natural Gas Development

Brian McMahon, executive director of the NY State Economic Development Council, in the Ithaca Journal: “Drilling can be safe; let N.Y. start to reap benefits” Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and many other states and their local governments are collecting billions in new tax revenues from shale gas extraction and investing in education, roads, bridges and […]

Williamsport Sun-Gazette editorial: Natural gas fueling station gets a boost

Ever since the natural gas industry began making an economic impact in the region, people have been the hope that the end product of the drilling would benefit our own area first. While that has happened with great regularity so far, the City of Williamsport is on the edge of garnering a major benefit from […]

MSC Forms Partnership with Society of American Military Engineers

Joint-effort aimed at assisting holiday drive for deployed service members overseas 911th Airlift Wing, Moon Twp., Pa. – At a recent membership meeting, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced a new partnership with the Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.) Pittsburgh Post to collect and deliver supplies to members of America’s military serving overseas. In […]

W.Va. State Journal: Marcellus Trade Group Elects New Officers, Board

The Marcellus Shale Coalition announced a new slate of officers and executive board members on Nov. 17. “We have elected a dedicated and talented team of officers to lead us into the next phase of this exciting development,” said outgoing MSC chairman and Range Resources Corp. Senior Vice President Ray Walker. The Canonsburg, Pa.-based industry […]

MSC Welcomes New Officers, Executive Board to Organization

Canonsburg, Pa. – Building on the foundation established under the leadership of outgoing Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) chairman Ray Walker, the MSC this week approved a new slate of officers and executive board members who will lead the growing organization into 2012 and beyond. “Our organization has been extremely fortunate to have such capable and […]

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Republic Steel to add 450 jobs to Lorain as oil and gas exploration booms

By Robert Schoenberger LORAIN, Ohio — Republic Steel plans to invest $85.2 million and create 450 jobs here, three years after shutting its blast furnace and cutting 700 jobs. An expected boom in the oil and gas industry, coupled with a rebound in the auto industry, is feeding a mini-resurgence in Northeast Ohio’s steel industry […]

MSC President in Phila. Inq.: Uniform Standards Critical to Job Growth, Competiveness

Drilling rules: State best suited to make big decisions Philadelphia Inquirer November 14, 2011 By Kathryn Z. Klaber “A comprehensive, uniform set of statewide health, environmental, and safety standards is critical to ensuring that investment and job growth continue to benefit Pennsylvanians.” Pennsylvania has more than 2,500 township and municipal governments, more than California, Texas, […]

New York Times’ David Brooks: Shale Gas Revolution

By DAVID BROOKS Already shale gas has produced more than half a million new jobs, not only in traditional areas like Texas but also in economically wounded places like western Pennsylvania and, soon, Ohio. If current trends continue, there are hundreds of thousands of new jobs to come. The United States is a country that […]

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Gas drillers’ supply chain drives jobs

By Joe Napsha Companies that supply natural gas drillers with equipment and other services for use at wellheads and pipelines are expanding and adding jobs in Western Pennsylvania. The latest is Valerus Compression Services LP of Houston, Texas, which opened a $4 million service center on Wednesday at the Fayette Business Park off Route 43 […]

MSC Statement on PA House Finance Committee Action on Marcellus Shale Legislation

Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition President Kathryn Z. Klaber today commended members of the Pennsylvania House Finance Committee for its passage of H.B. 1950, legislation to enhance statewide environmental protections related to the safe production of clean-burning natural gas in the Commonwealth. The legislation closely tracks many key recommendations made to Gov. Tom Corbett by […]

What They’re Saying: “Almost Overnight,” Marcellus Shale Has Revitalized Region’s Economy, Strengthened America

Natural gas development “has added thousands of new jobs and millions in royalty payments to [Bradford] county over the few short years” “I have seen studies that [Marcellus development] has caused fuel bills for a typical residential bill to decline about 40 percent” Marcellus Shale natural gas production “would be a godsend for economically stunted […]

Erie Times-News: Natural-gas prices fall 8.2 percent in Erie region

By JIM MARTIN The abundance of gas found in the Marcellus Shale, much of it in Pennsylvania, has been a big factor in that decline, Taylor said. Natural-gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale might have stirred controversy, but National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. said it’s also led to a larger supply and lower prices. The […]