Archives for April 2013


RT @WSJGraphics: Pennsylvania’s townships are receiving a stream of money from the 2012 ‘impact fee’ law for natural-gas wells…


RT if you support job growth created by #NaturalGas in the #Marcellus – – #jobs


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New on the blog: #NaturalGas Facts, Science Continue to Prevail #Marcellus #ShaleGas #JustTheFacts


RT @businesstt: #PA DEP says drilling not to blame for Franklin Forks water woes. #Marcellus #fracking

What’s it doing to the earth?

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy released a study identifying the environmental benefits of advanced gas exploration and production.  The 2012 study examined the development lifecycle – from site development through site reclamation.  This is what they had to say: “The US oil and gas industry has integrated an environmental ethic into […]

What does it do for oil?

Like oil, natural gas is a hydrocarbon that is developed over millions of years and under immense pressure. Many (but not all) of the companies actively developing the Marcellus Shale also have operations in other regions where they produce oil. So there is a good bit of synergy between the two industries. Where they differ […]

Why do you hate America?

We love America. We love the people, communities where we operate, industries we support, the and the environment.  Natural gas development from shale formations like the Marcellus are enabling America to become more energy secure, while lowering utility bills and providing hope and economic opportunity to regions of the country that have long suffered economically. […]

How many jobs are being created in the state and in this area?

Great question. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), Marcellus related industries support just over 250,000 jobs in the commonwealth. If you’re interested in exploring career opportunities in the natural gas industry, be sure to visit the MSC’s online Job Portal to search for exciting and challenging opportunities.  

Will we be contacted to use our land for fracking?

That’s a good question – although it heavily depends on a number of factors. Variables include but are not limited to: the area in which you live, the amount of land you own and the feasibility of production in your area. To keep it simple, if you are in a viable area for development and […]

What are the specific chemicals are being forced into the ground to create the fracking?

Depending on the shale formation that is being explored, a variety of additives will be selected by scientists and engineers to successfully fracture an individual well. Shale formations and individual wells are like snowflakes, no two are the same, so the fluid composition will vary on a well-by-well basis., a national chemical disclosure database […]

Are they considering people or only profits?

Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is a collection of skilled individuals that live, work and raise families here in the commonwealth. And while all businesses are in business to make a profit (if they didn’t make a profit, they wouldn’t be in business), the employees of the companies working to responsibly develop the Marcellus Shale are […]

How will benefits of gas use be communicated to various regions of PA?

The clear environmental and economic benefits tied to the safe development of clean-burning natural gas continue to be increasingly realized by literally every Pennsylvania consumer and business – as well as every American. As President Obama underscored in his 2013 State of the Union Address, “We produce more natural gas than ever before – and […]

Is there explosion potential?

 Natural gas development is a tightly regulated industrial process. And like all industrial activities, there is some risk. But natural gas producers and government officials continue to work collaboratively to ensure this risk is mitigated at every step of the process by leveraging new and more efficient technologies. Each and every day, thousands of Pennsylvanians […]

Why do you have to put all those chemicals in the water you use to frack?

It is important to note that the chemical additives used in the fracturing process represent less than .5 percent of the total fluid. The overwhelming majority of the fluid is comprised of water and sand. These additives are used for a variety of reasons. Fracturing fluids include biocides to control bacteria from forming in the […]

I and most of the people I know have seen “Gasland”. Please explain why – point by point – that movie is inaccurate?

While we’re not movie critics and we’d be happy to provide you with a point-by-point rebuttal of the film, we think you would be better served reading this review by the New York Times, which offers an objective review of the film.

What are the tax impacts if all are from TX and OK?

Thank you for this question. Before answer the tax portion, it’s important to note that according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, 7/10 workers employed in the natural gas industry are Pennsylvania residents. As for taxes, the natural gas industry has generated more than $1.7 billion in state revenue since 2006 in Pennsylvania, […]

To where would the Pipe line Run?

Due to the vagueness of this question, we cannot answer it in detail. However, we can address pipeline infrastructure more broadly. Once a well is drilled and is in production, the gas must be transported for processing – the next step in safely delivering gas to homes and businesses. Gas is sent from the well […]

How do we convince the big oil & gas companies to establish a regional headquarters in Philadelphia instead of Pittsburgh?

The safe development of clean-burning natural gas from the Marcellus Shale continues to benefit literally every square inch of the Commonwealth. And while many natural gas companies have offices in the Marcellus “fairway” – where production activities occur – there are others along the growing and robust supply chain that are based in southeastern Pennsylvania. […]

Why do you lie about the damage to the environment? Also, why are you such greedy bastards?

While the nature of your question is a bit offensive, we are committed to answering every question we received through our Ask About Shale initiative. Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) member companies are committed to sound and stringent environmental regulations, hence our working relationship with both democrat and republican administrations at the state level and federal […]