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


Have questions about #ShaleGas? Visit to see new questions everyday. #LearnAboutShale #Marcellus #NaturalGas


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 […]

Is this a real issue?

Absolutely. As world-renowned energy expert Daniel Yergin recently told Congress, shale development is “the most important energy innovation so far of the 21st century.” We couldn’t agree more. And according to Penn State University exports, “the Marcellus Shale ranks second only to a natural gas field in Iran.” Further, America’s abundant, clean-burning shale gas resources […]

What happens if breaks? I would like to know more about it.

Our guess is here that you are referring to a natural gas well malfunctioning or “breaking.” Each Marcellus well in Pennsylvania is built in accordance with state regulations that require operators to construct wells with at least four layers of steel and cement. After a string of pipe is set and cemented in place, the […]

What is the impact on the farming communities / livestock?

As MSC CEO Kathryn Klaber has said, “The agriculture community is a key partner in the responsible development of clean-burning natural gas.” Klaber added, following the 97th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show this year, “Our industry is grateful for and proud of the strong, working relationships that we continue to build across the agriculture community. This […]

Can you guarantee that you will not destroy the drinking water? I’m 40 miles south of Philly, so my water will be affected, too.

Protecting our environment, especially our water resources, is a top industry priority. You should know that Pennsylvania, according to former Gov. Ed Rendell, has “the strongest enforcement program of any state with gas drilling. Period.” He’s absolutely right. And top officials from across the nation, including President Obama’s former EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, have confirmed […]

How many lives have you destroyed today?

Our industry’s commitment to enhancing our region and protecting the safety of our workers and communities where we operate is unwavering. Our approximately 300 member companies live by the following Guiding Principles each day: We provide the safest possible workplace for our employees, with our contractors, and in the communities in which we operate; We […]

How does it impact this region?

Here in Pennsylvania, the oil and natural gas industry is demonstrating that clean-burning natural gas development is not a choice between safeguarding our environment or growing our economy. We can, and must, achieve both of these shared goals. And through the modernization and enhancement of state regulations, along with our Recommended Practices and other industry-leading […]

Natural Gas Facts, Science Continue to Prevail

As more science-based natural gas research is brought forth – ranging from air and water quality to public health – it’s becoming increasingly clear that safe, tightly-regulated shale development is enhancing our environment as well as our economy. This week, in fact, new Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) research once again determines that natural […]


Read about how companies, like MSC member @FTS_INTL, are recycling water used to produce #NatGas via @startelegram


Economic and environmental savings drive @ATT and @UPS toward #NaturalGas vehicles via @BloombergNews #NGV #CNG


RT @tribunedemocrat: Marcellus gas drill site planned in Jackson Twp.


(VIDEO) U.S. Could Be Using More #NaturalGas, Says @boonepickens via @CNBC #ShaleGas


[email protected]_Energy to build compressed #NaturalGas refueling station for truckers in Grand Rapids via @MLive #CNG


Must Watch @FoxBusiness Video: #Marcellus #ShaleGas creating huge economic benefits for Pa. communities


RT @CabotOG: Community partnership makes healthy impact: #CleanEnergyStrongerCommunities via @timestribune


RT @globalbuzzonbiz: Natural Gas, Not Diesel: Truck fleets burning liquefied natural gas cut greenhouse gases by 25 percent. Furthe… http…


RT @usnews: EPA Report: Fracking pipelines don’t leak nearly as much of the greenhouse gas methane as originally thought…


RT @StateImpactPA: DEP says gas drilling not at fault for Susquehanna County water contamination. #marcellusshale


[email protected] president: #HydraulicFracturing doesn’t pose health risks via @DailyCaller #JustTheFacts #NatGas


RT @timestribune: DEP: Drilling not to blame for Franklin Forks water woes


RT @wnep: DEP: Methane In Water Not From Fracking


RT @InkyBiz: PA regulators: Drilling not to blame in tainted-well case that attracted Yoko visit. (Use promo code R55Q). #inq…


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Regulators: Drilling didn’t foul NE Pa. wells, via @AP


Interested in an Marcellus Shale Coalition membership? We hope to see you in Scranton this Thursday, May 2!


Register Today: MSC to Host Pipeline Erosion & Sedimentation Control Workshops; June 11 & 27 #Marcellus


RT @washtimes: Pa. environment agency debunks anti-fracking water pollution claim


RT @CNG_Refueling: #NatGas stations in #NC on the rise! #CNG @theobserver


The #EPA Just Shook Up the Debate Over #Fracking via @TheAtlanticWire #ShaleGas

Could you drill on my land?

That all depends on where you live, the amount of land you own and a number of other factors. The first step would be to determine if there are hydrocarbons in the subsurface land you own. Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research has a number of maps that you can view to determine […]

Can petrochemical refining, now promoted in Pittsburgh, make sense in the Delaware’s refineries?

Yes; in fact, all three refineries in southeastern Pennsylvania remain in operation today, thanks to increased development of the Marcellus Shale and other shale formations across the United States. A recent Philadelphia Business Journal story stated the following: Philadelphia’s energy sector may be moving closer to the cutting edge than it has been in some […]