Archives for December 2011

Tribune-Review: Natural gas price drops tied to mild weather, Marcellus shale output

By Thomas Olson and Rachel Weaver Area residents can thank warmer-than-normal temperatures, as well as the gas produced from Marcellus shale deposits, for cuts in their heating bills in early 2012. Two of Western Pennsylvania’s three biggest natural gas utilities filed cost adjustments with regulators on Friday that will drop the average homeowner’s heating bills […]

What They’re Saying: “Shale Gas Development is a Game-Changer of Huge Proportions”

Gov. Corbett: “It’s not just jobs. It’s national security. It’s national defense. It’s a future for our children, our grandchildren” Philadelphia Gas Works customers see an “annual savings of $594” thanks to Marcellus Shale development “We’re the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. This single-handedly can change the US economy” “Shale Gas is Shaving Bills”: The […]

MSC-SAME Holiday Drive for Troops a Success

Canonsburg, PA – As families continue celebrating the holiday season, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) today recognized its member companies for their contributions to a drive organized over the past month in conjunction with the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Pittsburgh Post.  The organizations jointly collected and delivered supplies to members of America’s military […]

MSC Statement on Pennsylvania, Federal Pipeline Safety Measures

Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) President Kathryn Z. Klaber today released the following statement on pipeline safety legislation authored by Pennsylvania State Rep. Matthew Baker and signed last week by Gov. Tom Corbett and a federal pipeline safety bill authored by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster and sent to the President earlier this month: […]

Wall Street Journal: Shale-Gas Boom Spurs Race

States Vie for New Chemical Factories—and Jobs—Powered by Lower Energy Costs By JAMES R. HAGERTY The boom in low-cost natural gas obtained from shale is driving investment in plants that use gas for fuel or as a raw material, setting off a race by states to attract such factories and the jobs they create. Shale-gas […]

MSC in the Times-Leader: Drillers dedicated to transparency

The Times Leader’s Dec. 16 editorial (“End the secrecy regarding drilling”) advances a narrative that is fundamentally unsupported by the facts, suggesting that natural gas producers are secretive and “tight-lipped.” The truth, however, is that our industry is continually taking steps to enhance and increase transparency across all of our operations, particularly on the issue […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: Shale gas is shaving bills

By Andrew Maykuth In the raging shale-gas debate, there is much disagreement about the economic benefits of drilling. An Ohio State University report released this week argues that industry-funded studies hype the number of jobs created in Ohio from drilling the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations. The 27-page study is already providing ammunition to anti-drilling […]

Youngstown Vindicator: $13.2M shale-spurred project to bring 103 jobs

By David Skolnick The proximity to the Utica and Marcellus shales is attracting an international company to spend $13.2 million for a natural-gas compression facility on Salt Springs Road. Exterran Energy Solutions plans to start construction in February on the 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and office building to be operational in about a year with the […]

New Poll: 83 Percent of Americans Agree That Natural Gas Development Stimulates Job Growth

Canonsburg, Pa. – An overwhelming majority of Americans – 83 percent – agree that the safe and responsible development of clean-burning American natural gas can create jobs and stimulate economic growth, according to a new Deloitte LLP poll released today. At the same time, according to the new data, “79 percent believe the development of […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Firms feel benefits of shale boom

By Erich Schwartzel Seventeen chemical, metal and industrial manufacturers have told shareholders this year that demand for shale gas is driving demand for their products. That’s in contrast to just three years ago when no manufacturer did. The rapid-fire development of natural gas extraction is starting to bear fruit for the manufacturing sector hurrying to […]

Tribune-Review: Shale boom could create a million manufacturing jobs

By Joe Napsha Developing the nation’s vast natural gas shale reserves could create 1 million manufacturing jobs by the year 2025 and save manufacturers $11.6 billion a year because of a low-priced and stable gas supply, according to a report released on Wednesday. The amount of gas in the Marcellus shale reserves in Pennsylvania, New […]

Study After Study Underscores Prolific Economic Impact of Responsible American Shale Development

New Study: US manufacturing companies could employ one million more workers by 2025 due to American shale gas Canonsburg, Pa. – Leaders in Washington and small- and medium-sized businesses across the nation understand the critical role that America’s manufacturers play in creating jobs and strengthening our economy. In fact, in an announcement this week, President […]

Shale Gas: A renaissance in US manufacturing? (PWC)

The economic environment remains difficult for many US manufacturers, with soft demand and margin pressures making it harder to grow their domestic workforces. In this analysis, we present our point of view on how shale gas resources can help the sector address these challenges and create more jobs in the United States.

WTRF-TV: Billion Dollar Shale Project Coming to Mountain State

MOUNDSVILLE – Operations are moving along for the marketing of West Virginia gas to the rest of the country. 7 News spoke with a number of people Saturday who say plans are in place to open a facility that will bring 40-50 jobs to Marshall County, by the end of next year, which is part […]

Tribune-Democrat: Revved-up production fuels need for workers

Bernie Hornick SOMERSET — With demand popping for vehicles involved with Marcellus Shale drilling, J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers announced Tuesday it would expand its manufacturing work force by up to 80 people in 2012. The company said it will be looking for skilled welders, mechanics, fabricators, industrial painters and general laborers. Increased production is […]

Oil & Gas Journal: Klaber’s Take on Marcellus

By Nick Snow, Washington Editor Kathryn Klaber quickly got to the point when she addressed the American Gas Association’s Natural Gas Roundtable luncheon on Nov. 29. “A lot of how this plays out is going to involve relationships, and how we work with local communities,” the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) president and executive director said. […]

Patriot-News: Marcellus Shale industry brings ‘tsunami of jobs’ to Pa.

By DONALD GILLILAND When the gas men appeared at her parents’ organic dairy farm near Wyalusing in Bradford County, Tara Hoyt was suspicious. “I was concerned about the possible impact on our farm,” she said. “I started researching everything.” At the time, she was a communications major at Wilkes University. Today she works in the […]

Scranton Times-Tribune: UGI links shale gas to system

By David Falchek (Staff Writer) When UGI utilities purchases gas, it usually isn’t a big deal. But unlike most acquisitions that end up deep in a state Public Utility Commission filing, UGI is celebrating the first direct connection to Marcellus Shale wells for UGI Central Penn Gas Inc., UGI’s unit serving the middle of the […]

WHTM-TV: Marcellus Shale drilling helping businesses here

By Dan Carrigan LANCASTER, Pa. – Monday was Doug Kollmar’s first day on the job. “I’ve been going through the process of getting oriented to the company and meeting all the people I work with,” Kollmar said. The civil engineer is happy to be working. His former employer laid him off. So he took a […]

The Economic and Employment Contributions of Shale Gas in the United States (IHS Global)

This study presents the economic contribution of the shale gas industry – today and in the future. It does so in terms of jobs, economic value, and government revenues. The research demonstrates how the development of new sources of natural gas from shale formations has changed the US energy outlook and the economy. In 2010, […]

Marcellus Shale Coalition President: Fracking “safe, responsible”

The recent editorial “Fracking in N.J. should be determined by science, not money” (Nov. 27), perhaps by design, fails to acknowledge key facts regarding the safe, responsible and tightly regulated development of job-creating American natural gas. Hydraulic fracturing is a key oil and natural gas production technology that’s been in commercial use for more than […]

Fact Check: Rebuked NYT Reporter Cherry-Picks Lease Claims to Advance Anti-Natural Gas Agenda

Canonsburg, Pa. – The New York Times reporter whose agenda-driven tactics aimed at the American natural gas industry have been rebuked by even the paper’s public editor, is at again. True to form, the latest piece highlights a narrow universe of individuals who signed straightforward contractual agreements to lease their minerals for production and, in […]

Gov. Pataki in NY Daily News: Natural gas is absolutely crucial to America’s energy strategy

BY George Pataki Few issues have elicited a greater reaction from New Yorkers recently than the development of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. As the state Department of Environmental Conservation seeks public comment this month, it is important to cut through the political rhetoric and understand exactly what is at stake — and why […]

Scranton Times-Tribune: Natural gas users could see lower bills thanks to Marcellus Shale boom

BY DAVID FALCHEK Those who heat their homes with natural gas will get a big break this heating season as rates plunge to their lowest level in more than a decade thanks largely to Marcellus Shale development. UGI Penn Natural Gas, the dominant natural gas utility in the region, announced the average natural gas bill […]

Williamsport Sun-Gazette editorial: Gas industry creates multi-level economy

The broad-based impact on the region’s economy that the gas drilling industry is bringing is so broad that it’s hard to grasp on the im pact at times. Recently Moxie Energy announced plans for two 800 megawatt combined cycle power plants that will be fueled with locally produced natural gas. The first good news there […]