Archives for March 2013


New on the blog: Support Broadens For Common Sense #NaturalGas Export Policies #LNG #ShaleGas


RT @GoschFord: Ford goes all in for CNG/LPG vehicles


RT @BNSFRailway: BNSF to test use of liquid natural gas to power locomotives #lng #freight #rail


RT @amsecproject: The Geopolitical Implications of U.S. Natural Gas Exports – #lng


RT @shaledaily: Pennsylvania Shale Gas Production Exceeded 2 Tcf in 2012 #shale


ICYMI: MSC & our member co. @Range_Resources talks safe, job-creating #Marcellus #ShaleGas on @KDKARadio


In addition to juicing the domestic economy, exporting #NaturalGas could also benefit nat’l security – @usnews #LNG


Great @AP stories on #NatGas powered vehicles ( & “hypocritical” claims from celebrities (

Support Broadens For Common Sense Natural Gas Export Policies

U.S. natural gas production continues to soar, driven principally by the safe development of unconventional shale gas. In fact, as the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) notes, “U.S. production of dry natural gas reached the highest levels ever recorded in 2012, according to preliminary estimates released recently by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Natural gas […]

The Geopolitical Implications of U.S. Natural Gas Exports (American Security Project)


Beaver Co. Times: Marcellus Shale Coalition Releases Video on Methane

The Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group, released a new informational video this week called “Methane: An Element of Nature.” The video touches on the science and geology associated with methane, as well as regulations and practices taken by natural gas operators in relation to methane. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, methane is the […]


RT @BPC_Bipartisan: New on our blog: United States sets new record for natural gas production #energy #naturalgas …


#NaturalGas vehicles making inroads; sales rising – via @AP #CNG #NatGas


RT @WSJ: Breaking: BNSF Railway plans to test using natural gas to power its locomotives instead of diesel


RT @Ag_Shale: @MarcellusGas very own @sforde1 is giving a great update on the National scope of the #naturalgas industry on #KDKA #leade …

Why are the chemicals exempt from EPA regulation and unlabeled?

We’ve been asked on occasion whether the natural gas development — specifically hydraulic fracturing — earned an exemption from a series of federal laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, as part of the bipartisan 2005 energy bill. The short and factual answer is no. In fact, the bipartisan 2005 energy bill, which simply clarified […]

Is it true that drilling/fracking has resulted in Methane being present in drinking water?

Shallow natural gas — or methane — has historically been, and continues to be, present underground across Pennsylvania. This methane, in many cases, has migrated for generations naturally into private water wells. In fact, a recent analysis by researchers at the Pennsylvania State University Extension determines that upwards of 25 percent of Pennsylvania’s water wells […]


(VIDEO) Economic expert tells @YahooFinance #NaturalGas Could Make U.S. #Energy Self-Sufficient #AmericanEnergy


Top @Harvard environmental expert: #NaturalGas “provides a very substantial health benefit in reducing air pollution”


[email protected] Fact Check: Despite claims, #shale “has created jobs, reduced imports of oil and gas, and lowered energy bills”


MUST READ: Some environmentalists call anti-#NatGas activist claims “misleading” & “hypocritical” via @AP


RT @CabotOG: MSC (@MarcellusGas) Releases Educational Video on #Methane, Groundwater Protection #naturalgas


ICYMI: Warren Buffett touts #NaturalGas powered vehicles, rail cars on @SquawkCNBC #CNG


RT @Shell_NatGas: #Shell plans to develop two additional natural gas for transport corridors in North America. Learn more: …


New Poll: 75% of Connecticut voters favor more oil & #naturalgas development, via @EnergyTomorrow #Marcellus


Via @ohiodotcom: MSC offers look at methane migration & groundwater protection in Pa. #Marcellus #ShaleGas

Is the fractured/folded bedrock of NE PA conducive to fracking for gas?

As you may know, the Marcellus Shale is considered to be the world’s second largest natural gas field. Geophysicists and geologists identify suitable well locations in areas with potential for economical gas production by using surface and subsurface geology and seismic techniques to generate maps of the subsurface. The Marcellus Shale formation is roughly 95,000 […]


#Marcellus #ShaleGas propels Pa. to a top state in # of new or expanded corporate facilities, via @TribLIVE


Dr. Moniz: #NatGas “one of the most cost-effective means to maintain energy supplies while reducing CO2 emissions”


RT @TheEconomist: If Barack Obama wants a cleaner world and a richer America, he should allow natural-gas exports


RT @WSJopinion: Bennett Johnson: Natural Gas Exports and the Mythical ‘Sweet Spot’


Interested in naturally-occurring methane facts & how #energy producers protect groundwater? Watch this video:

What, if any, are the advantages to the Pennsylvania residents as far as decreased rates over and above other states because of the impact of the gas industry?

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s largest natural gas utilities–PECO, NFG, PGW, Columbia, Equitable, UGI, UGI Penn, and Peoples– averaged a 41% cut in rates for consumers from 2008 to 2011, equating to nearly $3,200 in average savings per customer during that period. Researchers recently found that in 2012, because of reduced natural gas prices, consumers have an additional […]

What are the entrepreneurial opportunities, clusters, incubators, etc.?

We would encourage you to contact the Pa. Small Business Development Center and Ben Franklin Technology Partners, who has a fantastic program called the Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center. The Marcellus Shale Coalition also hosts an annual Technology Showcase, where entrepreneurs have an opportunity to present a technology which is these reviewed by a […]

Who is going to run it?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is the primary regulator of the natural gas industry. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Public Utility Commission also have jurisdiction over the industries activities.

Will the pocket fall?

The natural gas that is being extracted from the Marcellus formation is located inside the rock formation itself, not a “pocket.” So, no, there is no risk of subsidence from extracting natural gas from the Marcellus formation.

What workforce training is underway and can it be compared to the Kvaerner shipyard project?

In terms of numbers, the natural gas industry is creating more jobs than what was ever witnessed at the Kvearner Shipyard, multiple times over. In terms of job training, there are a host of technical schools across Pennsylvania that offer training to those interested in exploring a career in the natural gas industry. The following […]

Given that the Governor promised “no new taxes” and most of the Marcellus Shale jobs are filled by out-of-staters, how significant is the economic benefit for Pennsylvania?

A few points here. First, the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is taxed just like any other industry doing business in the Commonwealth. Since 2006, the natural gas industry is responsible for more than $1.8 billion in tax revenue, and over the past two years generated more than $400 million in impact fees. To the […]

Is the industry willing to assist the conservation groups in fundraising to support habitat work?

We certainly work with a number of conservation and sportsmen groups to ensure that habitat is managed and restored to an acceptable level. The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Land Affairs Committee published Recommended Practices for Site Planning, Development and Restoration. This content rich document is worth a quick read if you’re interested in learning more about […]

How do we get consumers to participate in the process?

Good question. First off, if you know it or not, you’re already involved in the process. Every homeowner or utility rate payer, is saving as a result of natural gas development. In fact, researchers recently found that in 2012, because of reduced natural gas prices, consumers have an additional $1,200 in their pocket, as recently […]

When comparing fuels, how does natural gas fare with respect to GHG emissions for electricity?

This, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: At the power plant, the burning of natural gas produces nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide, but in lower quantities than burning coal or oil. The average emissions rates in the United States from natural gas-fired generation are: 1135 lbs/MWh of carbon dioxide, 0.1 lbs/MWh of sulfur dioxide, […]


MSC addresses appointment of Dr. Ernest Moniz as @ENERGY secretary in @dcexaminer #ShaleGas #Marcellus


(NEW VIDEO) MSC Releases Educational Video on Methane, Groundwater Protection #Marcellus #ShaleGas


Steel mills across the region, a source of robust job creation, are coming back thanks to abundant #NatGas supplies


#Marcellus #ShaleGas Production Exceeds 2 Trillion Cubic Feet During 2012 via @agsciences #NatGas

MSC Releases Educational Video on Methane, Groundwater Protection

Pittsburgh, Pa. – A new informational video – Methane: An Element of Nature – released today by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) underscores the science and geology associated with methane migration, and more importantly, demonstrates the host of regulations and operational practices that natural gas producers take to address this issue. Shallow natural gas – […]

Methane: An Element of Nature


[email protected] editorial: NY losing out as other states benefit from safe, job-creating #NaturalGas #Marcellus


RT @JournalStarNews: More drivers using #LNK Airport’s natural gas station —

Will the gas drilling activity reduce property values?

There are no patterns or trends to suggest that natural gas development is impacting, or reducing, property values in and around where these activities occur. Broadly speaking, shale development is providing a huge boost to landowners and communities. In fact, according to the Associated Press, “Private landowners are reaping billions of dollars in royalties each […]