Archives for July 2013

Brazilians visit Pa. to learn about safe, job-creating #Natu

Brazilians visit Pa. to learn about safe, job-creating #NaturalGas production, via @AP http://t.co/66hF9jl3Zz cc: @KLGates #Marcellus

Via @KDKARadio:A growing number of Pa. roads being repaired

Via @KDKARadio:A growing number of Pa. roads being repaired by the #NaturalGas industry. http://t.co/mLilvdLjC7 #Marcellus

RT @valdostaceo: Langdale Company & Atlanta Gas Light Te

RT @valdostaceo: Langdale Company & Atlanta Gas Light Team Up to Open First Public CNG Station http://t.co/stprNIDdO8

(VIDEO) MSC chair David Spigelmyer of @Chesapeake discusses

(VIDEO) MSC chair David Spigelmyer of @Chesapeake discusses the benefits of #NaturalGas on @pcntv http://t.co/zavYuuOplx #Marcellus #Mfg

RT @shaledaily: Study Says Fracking Didn’t Cause Methane in

RT @shaledaily: Study Says Fracking Didn’t Cause Methane in Dimock Wells http://t.co/qYh6apYrEN #shale

Via @rockdalecitizen: Another compressed #NaturalGas fueling

Via @rockdalecitizen: Another compressed #NaturalGas fueling station to open in Georgia. http://t.co/ZzcVRMRJvH #CNG

MSC in Erie Times-News: Marcellus Shale Fees Benefiting “Every Square Inch of Pa.”

‘Christmas in July,” is how one township supervisor in Allegheny County described it. No, this official was not referring to snow. It’s a new revenue stream, called an impact fee, that is paid by natural gas companies and distributed to local governments and state agencies by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. For this township, it […]

RT @WBNGActionNews: Pro-frackers mark fifth anniversary of m

RT @WBNGActionNews: Pro-frackers mark fifth anniversary of moratorium with rally in Binghamton. http://t.co/iC9C7BmtIw

RT @globebusiness: Fill ’er up – big rigs switch to liqu

RT @globebusiness: Fill ’er up – big rigs switch to liquefied natural gas http://t.co/PBuxKQIPSa

New on the blog: Clean, American #NaturalGas: Providing Loca

New on the blog: Clean, American #NaturalGas: Providing Local, National Benefits http://t.co/EH9LjqbRCV #Jobs CC: @CONSOL_Energy, @CabotOG

[email protected] speaks on latest federal #HydraulicFracturin

[email protected] speaks on latest federal #HydraulicFracturing research & upcoming #NaturalGas hearing in Williamsport http://t.co/ckqMMgAiJt

(VIDEO) @GovernorCorbett on @FoxBusiness: #NaturalGas Key to

(VIDEO) @GovernorCorbett on @FoxBusiness: #NaturalGas Key to Pennsylvania’s Economy http://t.co/iItuw3eR0H #Marcellus

Another #EPA Advisor Admits No Link Between #HydraulicFractu

Another #EPA Advisor Admits No Link Between #HydraulicFracturing & Groundwater Contamination, via @InhofePress http://t.co/3qaEzfCHKv

Pa.’s #NaturalGas Industry is Creating a Local Workforce wit

Pa.’s #NaturalGas Industry is Creating a Local Workforce with a National Impact http://t.co/SUKKqnPLHK #Marcellus #Jobs

RT @northcentralpa: [email protected] latest waste company to join

RT @northcentralpa: [email protected] latest waste company to join the #CNG truck trend http://t.co/xSVWy8cB40

Clean, American Natural Gas: Providing Local, National Benefits

The many uses of natural gas continue to benefit local Pennsylvanians as well as our economy – and environment – on a national scale. Job growth, environmental stewardship and community engagement are at the core of our industry’s Guiding Principles. And by nearly all accounts, these are commitments made and kept. Last week, in fact, […]

#NaturalGas Liquids: A Revolution Within the U.S. Shale Boom

#NaturalGas Liquids: A Revolution Within the U.S. Shale Boom, via @EnergyTribune http://t.co/3yB37tXC7m #Marcellus

RT @PennCollege: Better than s’mores. Campers explore #NatGa

RT @PennCollege: Better than s’mores. Campers explore #NatGas careers: http://t.co/L56Vnqx2Tk #Marcellus

RT @PghBizTimes: Airport authority sees 2nd ratings upgrade

RT @PghBizTimes: Airport authority sees 2nd ratings upgrade since May http://t.co/t9RpFyHgZt

RT @PghBizTimes: Marcellus gas used to power some frack jobs

RT @PghBizTimes: Marcellus gas used to power some frack jobs http://t.co/aibfhnbdwX

Great #Marcellus #ShaleGas facts from MSC member co. @Chevro

Great #Marcellus #ShaleGas facts from MSC member co. @Chevron http://t.co/WuNqgqfuhX #LearnAboutShale

[email protected] latest waste company to join the #CNG truck trend

[email protected] latest waste company to join the #CNG truck trend http://t.co/nmg1GSCwap via @HOUBizjournal #NaturalGas

#Marcellus #NaturalGas used to power some frack jobs http://

#Marcellus #NaturalGas used to power some frack jobs http://t.co/xJnPXsrVxX via @PghBizTimes

RT @centredailycom: @CongressmanGT to co-chair natural gas h

RT @centredailycom: @CongressmanGT to co-chair natural gas hearing at Penn College http://t.co/AooR9cxSDj

[email protected] to co-chair bipartisan #NaturalGas hearing a

[email protected] to co-chair bipartisan #NaturalGas hearing at @PennCollege http://t.co/2ha1EGEQ98 #Marcellus #Jobs

RT @PASmallBusiness: RT @gannonsbdc: Grand Opening for PALO

RT @PASmallBusiness: RT @gannonsbdc: Grand Opening for PALO CNG, alternative fuel provider on I-80 in Clarion County. Congrats! #Marcellus…

RT @TribLIVE: Ratings upgraded for most of Allegheny County

RT @TribLIVE: Ratings upgraded for most of Allegheny County Airport Authority’s bonds due to drilling leases on airport property. http://t.…

[email protected]: Ratings upgraded for Allegheny Co. Airport thank

[email protected]: Ratings upgraded for Allegheny Co. Airport thanks to @CONSOL_Energy #NatGas leases http://t.co/3U91jPgrLI #MarcellusMultiplier

“#NaturalGas is the clear choice of fuel to power an energ

“#NaturalGas is the clear choice of fuel to power an energy-efficient, sustainable America.” http://t.co/9pRtHCravW #Marcellus

Great story about about how a Miss. materials co. adds #Natu

Great story about about how a Miss. materials co. adds #NaturalGas vehicles to its fleet http://t.co/vlTogkPDFA via @clarionledger #CNG

RT @businesstt: #Marcellus #Natgas industry routinely fixing

RT @businesstt: #Marcellus #Natgas industry routinely fixing #PA roads. http://t.co/yZ4grYjD33

RT @SugarLandtxgov: Solid waste trucks serving Sugar Land no

RT @SugarLandtxgov: Solid waste trucks serving Sugar Land now use compressed natural gas. http://t.co/N0jdc3vlUf #airquality #cleanair

RT @StateImpactPA: Gas Industry Repairing Roads In Northeast

RT @StateImpactPA: Gas Industry Repairing Roads In Northeastern Pa. http://t.co/YBmr73qcki

RT @CBNNews: Energy Dept: #Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Wate

RT @CBNNews: Energy Dept: #Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water. http://t.co/pwhZlk7YFx

Where is the intersection between local and state government and how is the local population protected?

Here in Pennsylvania, we have some of the strongest regulations in place to ensure that hydraulic fracturing is done in a way that protects our environment and our neighbors. In February 2012, Pennsylvania enacted Act 13, a comprehensive law that according to the Department of Environmental Protection, “enacted stronger environmental standards, authorized local governments to adopt […]

Is Texas totally out of water? Can they do any more fracking in Texas? Is power generation possible in Texas?

As you may, the Marcellus Shale Coalition is focused principally on natural gas activities in Pennsylvania. Therefore, we would encourage you to contact the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for more information regarding water conditions in the state of Texas. Texas is not out of water, yet the state continues to face ongoing drought-related challenges […]

What policies are in place in case of disaster?

Based on best practices and crisis preparedness, companies have in place incident management plans for a broad range of operational scenarios and natural disasters. Plans contain provisions for handling particular emergencies and clearly assign authority and duties to ensure effective response. Disaster preparation training is conducted by industry, to ensure adequate training is in place in […]

Does it destroy habitats?

Oil and natural gas companies are committed to being good neighbors and positively impacting communities by minimizing surface disturbance and protecting our environment. When developing site plans, natural gas producers must meet a host of regulations and follow best practices aimed at restoring land and habitats to their original state — or better. Operators work closely with […]

What is the environmental impact, considering our tourism, attractiveness of PA’s environment, and can industry cut its profits in order to better protect the environment?

Tourism and safe, job-creating natural gas production can and must be balanced. Throughout the process of producing clean-burning natural gas, oil and natural gas companies have made decreasing their environmental impact a top priority. Best practices are in place – along with strong, common sense environmental regulations – to ensure land is properly restored. As you […]

Will the people living in shale areas/have drilling on their land get the option of having drilling companies convert their home systems to natural gas for heating and cooking at a low/free cost?

In a recent speech, President Obama said: “The bottom line is natural gas is creating jobs.  It’s lowering many families’ heat and power bills.” He’s absolutely right. In fact, according a TD Bank study, “American residential consumers can expect to save around $75 billion in utility costs in 2013 — equivalent to about $650 per […]

What is the long term plan for rehabilitation of well sites? What will be the state of “gas towns” after the wells are done producing?

After a well has been drilled and hydraulically fractured, production equipment is installed. Once the well is connected to the necessary midstream pipeline infrastructure and begins producing natural gas, areas of the well site that are no longer needed are removed and subsequently reclaimed. To learn more about these reclamation efforts, please review our Recommended […]

How it would affect the spoil the land for other use?

Natural gas producers aim to leave behind a small footprint for each well pad through the restoration process. Restoration involves landscaping and contouring the property as closely as possible to pre-drilling conditions. Property owners generally see a small wellhead on a level concrete pad, a small amount of equipment, two to three water storage tanks […]

How to deal with more cynical and skeptical population and less trust of business and government?

Our industry recognizes that many Pennsylvanians have real questions about natural gas development and we believe they deserve honest, fact-based, straightforward answers. This is exactly why we launched Learn About Shale. Our goal is to further engage the public on the benefits and safeguards surrounding clean-burning natural gas development and use. The historic opportunity before us […]

What is the administration doing to ensure the interests of the state are met in the long term?

The state government continues to effectively and tightly-regulated the safe development of natural gas in the Commonwealth. From a purely regulatory standpoint, in February 2012, Pennsylvania enacted Act 13, a comprehensive law that according to the Department of Environmental Protection, “enacted stronger environmental standards, authorized local governments to adopt an impact fee and built upon […]

Are they prepared to deal with the damage that caused from fracking?

 While natural gas development is highly-industrial short-term process, there are a host of common sense regulations in place to ensure that our environment is protected – which is a key priority for our industry. After all, we live here and are raising our families here, and want clean air and water and healthy, thriving environment. […]

Is the industry looking at both short term and long term positive impacts of the gas drilling and transportation activity?

Absolutely, our industry consistently evaluates and sees both long- and short-term positive impacts associated with clean-burning natural gas production and use. As more clean-burning American natural gas is safely produced here at home, tens of thousands of jobs are being created, especially in the manufacturing sector. Likewise, responsible and tightly-regulated shale development is bringing about […]

Why at the company meetings, events, etc. do the drilling companies say they would like to be transparent, but it is really hard to find accurate data on land leased, production rates, etc.

As an industry, we recognize to succeed in the safe development of natural gas over the near- and long-term, transparency is essential. This commitment is enshrined in our Guiding Principles: “We continuously improve our practices and seek transparency in our operations.” Much of the information that you cite is in fact publically available and/or required […]

Why is hydraulic fracturing for gas in the Marcellus Shale exempt from the Clean Water Act? Is it because it pollutes water?

This is one of the most common misconceptions out there. It is not exempt; in fact, the regulatory framework under which the natural gas industry operates in Pennsylvania is among the most stringent in the nation.  Indeed, clean-burning American natural gas development – which supports more than 240,000 Pennsylvania jobs, according to the Pa. Department […]

What happens to water supply and wildlife?

If an operator properly constructs a well in accordance with state and federal regulations and have strict procedures on the handling of fluids at the surface, there shouldn’t be an impact on the water supply. That said, every Marcellus Shale producers is requires by law to have a spill response plan in the event an […]

In a high unemployment rate city with low education rates, what are the opportunities for these parts of the underserved population?

The short answer is, there are boundless opportunities across the supply chain for those who are willing to be flexible and aren’t opposed to long-hours and hard work. Most, if not all jobs in the natural gas industry require a high school diploma and some level of additional technical training. ShaleNET, a regional programs funded […]