Archives for January 2012


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Did You Know? 83% of Americans Agree That Natural Gas Development Stimulates Job Growth – #AmericanEnergy = Jobs


#POTUS: “Experts believe [#natgas] will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. ” –


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Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber president in Morning Call: Marcellus benefits Valley businesses

On behalf of the 5,000 member businesses and organizations — employing 140,000 people — the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce recognizes the economic benefits and opportunity for energy independence that shale gas formations can bring to Pennsylvania’s businesses, commerce and communities. What does the Marcellus Shale industry mean to the Lehigh Valley and all […]

MSC member company president in Press & Sun-Bulletin: Drilling could jump-start NY economy

Mark P. Lauriello Regardless of your position in the debate over using hydraulic fracturing to develop shale gas resources, here’s something we can all agree on: New York state needs an economic jump-start. Local businesses that have supported communities for years are now struggling to survive. Fortunately, that’s not the case at RETTEW Associates Inc., […]

Daily Courier: Shuster: Marcellus shale could revitalize Fayette

By Cindy Ekas U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, a Republican representing the 9th Congressional District, said the Marcellus shale gas drilling industry offers a tremendous opportunity to revitalize the economy and create jobs in Fayette County and throughout Pennsylvania. But as the gas drilling industry continues to grow, Shuster stressed the importance of making sure companies […]

Herald-Star: Drilling service firm open in Weirton

By LINDA HARRIS – Business editor WEIRTON – A Louisiana-based company that dries drill cuttings for the shale industry has located a regional office in Weirton, creating as many as 30 new jobs by year’s end. Environmental Drilling Solutions, LLC, based in Lafayette, is operating out of a building acquired in November along Cove Hill […]

Bloomberg: US Consumer Savings Tied to Natural Gas Could Hit $113 billion by 2015

FLASHBACK: Then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan in 2003: “We are not apt to return to earlier periods of relative abundance and low prices anytime soon. … Increased marginal supplies from abroad, while likely to notably damp the levels and volatility of American natural gas prices, would expose us to possibly insecure sources of foreign supply, […]

Washington Observer-Reporter: Shale group encouraged by Obama mention

MSC President: “We can’t afford not to get this right“ The region’s largest natural gas trade group has expressed optimism about President Obama’s support of shale gas production he mentioned Tuesday night in his State of the Union Address. Prior to the president’s address, Kathryn Klaber, president of the Southpointe-based Marcellus Shale Coalition, which has […]

MSC Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Kathryn Klaber issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address this evening: “The development of clean, American natural gas is creating tens of thousands of family-sustaining jobs, providing consumers with more affordable energy, and ushering in an economic and manufacturing rebirth in communities […]

Daily Item: Gas wells bring jobs to Valley

Not all work is on drilling rigs By Evamarie Socha The Daily Item There’s no Marcellus Shale drilling here, but there are local businesses that provide ancillary services, or support to drilling companies. MILTON — When Minuteman Environmental Services found a place in the Milton Industrial Park, it brought along about 150 jobs and delighted […]

Wheeling Intelligencer: Shale Studies Pay Off; Students Enter Lucrative Jobs

By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer WVU prof.: “Our employment rate for those graduating from our [shale gas] program is 100 percent.” MORGANTOWN – The natural gas drilling boom sweeping the tri-state region is paying dividends for those earning graduate degrees in geology or geophysics from West Virginia University. “I have kids who are going out […]

MSC President in Patriot-News: “Pa.’s Marcellus Shale rules should be fair”

By Kathryn Klaber “Leaders in Harrisburg would be wise to avoid the temptation of crafting policy in a vacuum and instead design a fee and regulatory structure that not only provides heightened safeguards to the public, but also a competitive investment climate.” The Marcellus Shale has been, and continues to be, the source of enormous […]

Shale Gas: New Opportunities, New Challenges (Bipartisan Policy Center)

The outlook for North America’s natural gas supply has improved dramatically in recent years as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies have made it possible to commercially develop tight and shale gas reserves.

Tribune-Review: Local educators look to prep students for Marcellus shale jobs

By Jennifer R. Vertullo With questions about potential taxation and environmental impact making most of the headlines on the Marcellus shale front, local educators instead are focused on preparing generations of workers for an industry that has 390 million years in the making and decades left to run its course. Administrators of the McKeesport Area […]

American Natural Gas Creating Economic Growth that Communities Have “Never Dreamed Of”

White House: Potential benefits of American shale gas “to the U.S. economy are substantial” “A whole slice of American industry is benefiting,” thanks to natural gas “Electricity generated by gas-fired plants has risen by more than 50 percent over the last decade” The White House: “A Boom in Natural Gas Production has Supported Manufacturing”: The […]

Bloomberg: Electricity Declines 50% as Shale Spurs Natural Gas Glut

By Julie Johnsson and Mark Chediak Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) — A shale-driven glut of natural gas has cut electricity prices for the U.S. power industry by 50 percent and reduced investment in costlier sources of energy. With abundant new supplies of gas making it the cheapest option for new power generation, the largest U.S. wind-energy […]

Associated Press: Natural gas price plunge aids families, businesses

By JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The price of natural gas is plummeting at a pace that has caught even the experts off guard. A 35 percent collapse in the futures price over the past year has been a boon to homeowners who use natural gas for heat and appliances and […]

MSC Participates in 96th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show

Continues Support for Pa. Farm Show Scholarship Foundation Harrisburg, PA – This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is participating in the 96th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, the premier agriculture event in the Commonwealth. The Farm Show provides an important opportunity for the natural gas industry to engage the agricultural community on issues and related […]

MSC-NY DEC dSGEIS comments

Re: Comments on the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State

Pa. Chamber in the Patriot-News: Pa. needs uniform Marcellus rules

By Gene Barr Reaching an agreement on a comprehensive Marcellus Shale oversight bill is essential to foster the industry’s growth, lower energy costs, provide environmental protections, generate revenue to address local impacts, and sustain and build on the economic opportunities — direct and indirect — that natural gas drilling is providing to Pennsylvanians. Key to […]

Pittsburgh Business Times: Meet the committee members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition

By Anya Litvak, Reporter The Marcellus Shale Coalition released a list of its decision makers this week. According to Chairman Dave Spigelmyer, 41 candidates were chosen from 75 who vied for committee spots. Here are the 2012 chairs and vice chairs: Legal Committee: Craig Mayer, Pennsylvania General Energy and Steve Johnson, CONSOL Energy Legislative Committee: […]

MSC Committee Leaders Poised for New Challenges, Opportunities in 2012

Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) Chairman Dave Spigelmyer today announced the 41 men and women elected by the MSC’s Board of Directors to lead the organization’s committees and subcommittees in 2012.  75 individuals ran for leadership positions across 20 panels.  MSC committees craft and communicate responsible practices for shale gas development in Pennsylvania, […]

New York Post editorial: The joke’s on The Times

Never one to pass up a good redneck joke, The New York Times last week happily heaped scorn on the scraped-knuckle roughnecks who make a (good) living extracting energy from Pennsylvania shale rock — and their less-well-off upstate New York neighbors. To wit: HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — At the Glamour and Glow boutique in the local […]

Washington Observer-Reporter: Gas industry drove jobs, wages and workforce development here

By Michael Bradwell, Business Editor After several years of besting quarterly production records for natural gas yields from the Marcellus shale, the gas industry began to make a strong impression on the local workforce scene, causing those who provide and help to train workers to take new approaches to workforce development here. The gas industry […]