Archives for April 2013

What is shale?

Shale is an organic-rich type of sedimentary rock deep below the earth which holds vast deposits of hydrocarbons – natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil. Recently technological advancements in horizontal drilling, when coupled with hydraulic fracturing, has been able unlock previously untapped supplies of energy. Here is how the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) […]

What chemicals are used in the fracking liquid?

Beginning on January 1, 2012, Marcellus Shale Coalition companies voluntarily decided to disclose fracturing fluids on a well-by-well basis via FracFocus, national registry. This was in addition to the mandatory disclosure of fracturing fluids that are included in well completion reports filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Additionally, Pennsylvania’s new bipartisan natural […]

What’s in the frack juice?

Hydraulic fracturing fluid is a mixture of water, sand, and additives. Sand and water make up 99.5 percent of the liquid used in the process, while the other .05 percent is comprised of additives which serve a specific purpose in the process, such as reducing friction when the solution is pumped down the wellbore, preventing […]

How can we get a job on drilling rig?

Depending on your qualifications as well as experience, there are a host of opportunities available. Check out the MSC Job Portal to learn more about the employment opportunities available here in Pennsylvania and the qualifications and skill sets required to work in the natural gas industry.

Do they drill for it?

Yes. In order to reach the Marcellus Shale, a drilling rig is required. The Marcellus Shale Coalition has the following overview of the drilling process on it’s website, information you may find helpful: Marcellus gas wells can be drilled using 21st century vertical or horizontal technologies. Vertical wells are sometimes first drilled in an area […]

Does it affect the earth fault lines and earthquakes?

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a study (Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies) that was conducted by the National Research Council which acknowledged that seismic activity has increased over the last hundred years, but there little evidence of a direct connection linking natural energy recovery with earthquakes. The National Academy of Sciences also supports […]

What laws prevent the gas driller from dumping drilling mud and fracking fluid into the nearest stream? What are the penalties for doing so?

In Pennsylvania, the Clean Streams Law prevents the unlawful discharge of any fluids into surface waters. The federal Clean Water Act also prevents such actions. If an individual or entity is found to be in violation of either law, they can, and should be prosecuted criminally and civilly.

Why can’t I get a hotel room?

We’ve experienced this challenge firsthand when traveling to central Pennsylvania where hotel accommodations are limited. The good news is that these hotels, often locally owned and operated, are providing local communities with increased economic activity. Developers are also building new hotels to meet the market needs, so hopefully on your next trip there will be […]

What liquid are they using?

The liquid is used in the hydraulic fracturing process are approximately 99.5 percent water and sand. The remaining 0.5 percent of additives are used for a variety of reasons (friction reducers, corrosion inhibitors, biocides to prevent bacteria from forming in the well), all of which are outlined in this fact sheet as well at, […]

What does shale gas production mean for Philadelphia?

In short, more affordable utility bills, cleaner air and opportunity. As a result of increased development of the Marcellus Shale, residents of southeastern Pennsylvania have saved an average of $3,200 between 2008-2011, jobs down at the refineries in South Philly were saved and according to the Federal government, CO2 emissions are down significantly, thanks to […]


RT @StateImpactPA: EPA slashes natural gas drilling emissions estimates


FACT: #Marcellus #ShaleGas supports more than 245k Pa. #jobs, according to the state Dept. of Labor & Industry


Local School District Rakes In $400K for Drilling Lease via @IntelligencerWV #ShaleGas


#EPA Report a Blow To Anti-Fracking Efforts via @AP #Marcellus #ShaleGas


Interesting column by @SalisburyU prof. about the clear benefits of #naturalgas via @MyDelmarvaNow


Officials learn about #naturalgas vehicles’ low cost, via @StandardSpeaker #cng #marcellus


Air Quality: Cleaner cars, cleaner air via @cumberlink #NaturalGas #CNG #Marcellus


Compressed #NaturalGas stations expected to proliferate in NC via @newsobserver #cng


RT @CNBCWorld: Cheaper Power Bills? You May Have NatGas to Thank


RT @RepTomReed: Developing #energy resources responsibly puts American #manufacturers in a competitive position to invest at home: http://t…


RT if you support jobs & opportunities created by responsible #Marcellus Shale development –


Via @BloombergTV: Choosing a College Major? One Word: #Fracking, says @Georgetown Director of Education & Workforce


@RepChrisStewart: No denying that #NatGas helps drive reduction in U.S. CO2 emissions LIVE @HouseScience hearing


LISTEN IN: @sforde1 is talking benefits of Pennsylvania’s #NaturalGas on @TalkRadio1210 #LearnAboutShale #Marcellus


#NaturalGas has reduced U.S. GHG emissions to their lowest levels since @newtgingrich’s heyday. via @TheAtlantic


“Increased #NaturalGas production in the U.S. will be a huge driver in improving air quality.” via @CNNMoney


@RepChrisStewart at @HouseScience hearing: #NaturalGas is “a rare bright spot in our otherwise gloomy economy” LIVE


RT @HouseScience: WATCH LIVE #Energy&#Environment Joint Hearing: A Review of Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Research Activities http://t.…


Great @RepStanSaylor letter in @CitizensVoice about the clear benefits of compressed #NaturalGas #CNG #Marcellus


York Co. Commissioner explains how #NatGas “significantly improve[d] the quality of life” for residents via @ydrcom


MT “@Gases_Synopsis: #NaturalGas fueling station in the works for Vandalia” #CNG #Shale #AmericanEnergy


RT @kytv: Alternative fuels gaining popularity in Springfield


ICYMI: @FracFocus Responds to #Harvard “Study” #HydraulicFracturing


RT if you support homegrown American jobs, thanks to #NaturalGas –


RT @NCPA: Increased Natural #Gas Production Lowers Emissions


RT @HFACrepublicans: Today at 2pm, Sub Chairman @JudgeTedPoe will convene a hearing on #NaturalGas exports:


RT if you support American energy independence, thanks to #NaturalGas –


First compressed #NaturalGas fueling station opens in St. Joseph, Missouri via @KCBizjournal #CNG


#NaturalGas Fueling Stations Slated For NJ Shore Counties via @njnewsroom #CNG #JerseyShore


Have questions about #ShaleGas? Visit to see real questions from real people. #LearnAboutShale #Marcellus #NatGas

Where do they get rid of fracking waters? Why isn’t Corbett taxing more?

According to the most recent data gathered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Marcellus Shale natural gas producers are recycling and reusing the vast majority of the water that comes back to the surface. The remaining water is disposed of in EPA-approved and permitted underground injection wells. MSC member companies have pioneered large-scale water […]

How will air quality be improved with electricity generation switching from coal to gas?

Natural gas is a clean-burning fuel that offers a reliable and cost-effective alternative to other fuel sources for a host of end uses, including electricity generation and transportation fuel, both of which are helping to improve air quality regionally and nationally. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air emissions were down 8 percent […]

Does it differ from any other way it was produced?

We’ve come a long way since the first well was drilled here in Pennsylvania 150 years ago. And while the process of developing oil and natural gas remains fundamentally the same – identify a location, construct a well pad, drill and complete the well and then hook it up to a pipeline to transport the […]

What companies are willing to hire local Pennsylvanians to provide construction support?

The short answer to this question is absolutely, every member of the coalition is willing. MSC member companies have developed a Supply Chain Recommended Practice that underscores the benefits of hiring and sourcing goods and services locally when and where possible. One of the best ways to access these opportunities is by visiting the Marcellus […]

How does natural gas compare with other fuels with respect to greenhouse gas emissions?

The following is from the Energy Information Administration: Different fuels emit different amounts of carbon dioxide in relation to the energy they produce. To compare emissions across fuels you must compare the amount of CO2 emitted per unit of energy output or heat content. Pounds of CO2 emitted per million Btu of energy for various […]

How does this relate to the fracking process?

Here’s how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines the well completion technology called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”: Hydraulic fracturing is a well stimulation process used to maximize the extraction of underground resources; including oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, and even water. The oil and gas industry uses hydraulic fracturing to enhance subsurface fracture systems […]

How can my business do business with Marcellus Shale?

Marcellus Shale Coalition member companies support a Supply Chain Recommended Practice, which includes identifying and hiring local vendors and contractors whenever possible. We encourage you to register online with the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, a database used by the MSC to identify local businesses providing services to the shale gas industry. We would also […]

Can they do more funded research under and above ground?

MSC member companies and environmental regulators here in Pennsylvania are always looking for ways to improve the process and examine the various aspects of natural gas development. A few examples include regional air monitoring tests by DEP, a  recently announced year-long study of NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material) and a white paper encouraging operators to […]

Can you give me a job?

The MSC’s Jobs Portal is a great one-stop shop that lists various job profiles, provides information on skills, education and experience required for different career paths and also has a library of links to our member companies’ career pages that list all current openings.


RT @WLBZ2: Summit Natural Gas to expand to Kennebec Valley