Archives for July 2013

How do they do it? Is it a pressurized thing? How do they extract gas or convert it?

Prior to drilling a well, an operator must first lease land from landowners, obtain the required permits from state and federal regulators and build a pad site. Once these steps are completed, a drilling rig is assembled on location and the drilling process begins. Once the drilling process is completed (it usually take 20-30 days […]

How much water is needed for a well? Check out the answer &a

How much water is needed for a well? Check out the answer & other important questions about #NatGas: http://t.co/wVNvlaW5AO #LearnAboutShale

RT @SenatorSolobay: IEA says hydraulic fracturing could the

RT @SenatorSolobay: IEA says hydraulic fracturing could the make the U.S. energy independent by 2020 http://t.co/oHOv9BVVeI via @BloombergN…

RT @CitizensVoice: Natural gas industry fixing state roads h

RT @CitizensVoice: Natural gas industry fixing state roads http://t.co/xHJ0aEFmaG

[email protected] editorial: #Fracking fluids have never migrated

[email protected] editorial: #Fracking fluids have never migrated to groundwater, according to federal & state regulators. http://t.co/UsQsOi83al

#ShaleGas “a game changer” for steelmaker @NucorCorp. ht

#ShaleGas “a game changer” for steelmaker @NucorCorp. http://t.co/TUQkBcGqc8 via @theadvocatebr #AmericanEnergy

Did you know that #NaturalGas has the smallest footprint of

Did you know that #NaturalGas has the smallest footprint of all #energy sources? http://t.co/zTgnRSmQoX #Marcellus #LearnAboutShale

RT @AmChemistry: #ShaleGas gives New York a “path to recover

RT @AmChemistry: #ShaleGas gives New York a “path to recovery,” says @KellyRiddell: http://t.co/iEPmZ3pOSz via @TimesUnion #NatGas

RT @PennCollege: Tuition-free training available for veteran

RT @PennCollege: Tuition-free training available for veterans, unemployed, underemployed to join #NatGas workforce: http://t.co/cHmGztTIte …

#NaturalGas is a vital boon for economic prosperity in Afric

#NaturalGas is a vital boon for economic prosperity in Africa, via @dailynewstz http://t.co/Lyf4lEQ6QW

RT @WyomingTT: Natural gas industry routinely fixing state r

RT @WyomingTT: Natural gas industry routinely fixing state roads: Natural gas companies fixed or are repairing at least 413 m… http://t.c…

RT @wtimesnation: Fracking’s safety gets boost from federal

RT @wtimesnation: Fracking’s safety gets boost from federal research http://t.co/4JbaaCX0zp

Williamsport doubles the amount of road investments bc of #M

Williamsport doubles the amount of road investments bc of #Marcellus #ShaleGas impact fees http://t.co/bLujIYzkCx via @WmsptSunGazette

RT @wnep: Cabot Oil & Gas Picnic Draws in Thousands htt

RT @wnep: Cabot Oil & Gas Picnic Draws in Thousands http://t.co/U9HxbQXtXJ

We can make #NaturalGas our ace in the engine http://t.co/Rc

We can make #NaturalGas our ace in the engine http://t.co/RcTCiFInoR via @CantonRepdotcom #CNG

#Shale “widely viewed as one of the biggest forces to hit th

#Shale “widely viewed as one of the biggest forces to hit the U.S. economy in modern history.” http://t.co/2iP5fvpc7v via @WSJ #NatGas #Jobs

U.S. @Energy Dept. study: #Fracking doesn’t contaminate gr

U.S. @Energy Dept. study: #Fracking doesn’t contaminate groundwater http://t.co/tj3GvyBpE4 via @DailyCaller #NatGas

RT @HullAssociates: Kudos to our Hull folks & @Marcellus

RT @HullAssociates: Kudos to our Hull folks & @MarcellusGas @MontourTrail volunteers for your hard work on the #MontourTrail today! http://…

RT @AmChemistry: According to new report, “Annual GDP in #

RT @AmChemistry: According to new report, “Annual GDP in #mfg could rise by $55 billion to $85 billion,” thanks to affordable #shale. http:…

Where is the Burkett shale deposit?

While the deep Marcellus Shale deposit sits in the middle of the Devonian Shale layer, the Burkett Shale deposit is closer to the surface in the Upper Devonian shale. Penn State University Extension offers the following description: The final ingredient in the Pennsylvania triple play is the upper Devonian shale. Generally, combinations of several thinner […]

What is the impact on water and wells in Commonwealth?

Natural gas development from shale formations is an effective, well-regulated and proven process. As you may know, each Marcellus Shale well has at least four layers of steel and cement that encase that create impenetrable barrier to prevent fracturing fluids (made up typically of more than 99.5% water and sand) and natural gas from communicating […]

How much can be withdrawn per minute, per hour, per day?

That really depends on a host of factors, principally supply and demand. Thankfully, as you may know, Pennsylvania is a water-rich state. And while the safe development of clean-burning natural gas from the Marcellus Shale is a water-intensive process, it’s also a process that is tightly-regulated, particularly as it relates to water management. State and […]

What will be done with the answers?

Learn about Shale was created answer any and all natural gas-related questions with straightforward, fact-based information. These answers will continue to be posted online at LearnAboutShale.org, aimed at broadening and advancing a constructive, fact-based dialogue about this historic opportunity before us.

Is fracking safe?

This is a very common question that we are routinely asked. Please click here to learn more about hydraulic fracturing, its long and proven record, as well as the regulations in place to ensure that these operations are carried out in way that protects our environment. Additionally, we would encourage you to visit FracFocus.org to […]

What prevents the water from becoming combustible?

Pennsylvania has an aggressive, modernized regulatory framework aimed at ensuring that natural gas production occurs in way that protects our environment, especially our water resources. In addition to the strict environmental regulations in the place in Pennsylvania that protect groundwater resources, the MSC has released several Recommended Practices on this subject, including Pre-Drill Water Supply […]

Why are you exporting the NG overseas and then claim it will lower our dependence on foreign energy?!!

Common sense policies that allow for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to our nation’s allies and global trading partners will lead to more American job creation, economic growth, a reduction in our trade imbalance, and cleaner air while bolstering national security. Earlier this year, the MSC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy on […]

What is the sacrifice to the environment?

Environmental stewardship is a top priority for our industry. Best practices are in place to ensure land is restored to its original state — or better. In fact, last year the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Fuels Energy released a study identifying the environmental benefits of advanced natural gas exploration and production. The study […]

How long will current well pads be used before being reclaimed?

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, several water storage tanks and a […]

Pennsylvania is the guinea pig, so what financial security or escrow can be put in place so taxpayers don’t pay for problems?

Pennsylvania WAS the guinea pig – in 1850.  That’s when the oil and natural gas industry arrived in Pennsylvania. Since that time, more than 350,000 wells have been developed in the oil and natural gas producing regions of the commonwealth. And while the underlying principle of exploration for and producing oil and natural gas is […]

Is there zero liquid discharge available?

Yes. Many operators are reusing and recycling the vast majority of the flowback water that returns to the surface after the well is hydraulically fractured. This water is then either transported to a recycling facility or treated on-location for future use. Some flowback water is transported to EPA regulated underground injection wells for disposal.

How risky is it to drill?

Like any industry and/or industrial process, risk mitigation is a key factor when exploring for and producing natural gas. While there are dozens upon dozens of regulations that govern natural gas development in Pennsylvania – all aimed at reducing risk and protecting the environment – at the end of the day, humans are involved in […]

What is the impact on watersheds?

Water plays a central role in developing the Marcellus Shale. Without it, we simply couldn’t harvest this clean-burning, job-creating resource. As you may know, there are three main watersheds in Pennsylvania, two of which – the Susquehanna River and Ohio River basins – supply a good bit of water to operators. In order to withdraw […]

What is the industry’s commitment to STEM education?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is a huge supporter of expanding STEM programs in high schools across the commonwealth. In order to train the workforce of tomorrow for careers in the natural gas industry, a solid technical foundation in the sciences is critical. In fact, one of the biggest challenges for MSC member companies is […]

What happens to the region after you drill for it?

After a well is completed, operators are required by law to reclaim the well site within 90 days. Once a well is “in production,” meaning that it is producing gas to a pipeline for end use, it is monitored by the well’s owner remotely (24 hours a day, every day) along with daily inspections by […]

How can we make a clearer message about low cost energy that will get through to all?

That’s a great question. And it’s true: every Pennsylvanian and American is saving a tremendous amount of money on their monthly utility bills, thanks to increased natural gas development. When you boil it down, it really is a simple message. Homeowners, those who rent, and business owners have to pay their utility bill each month […]

For people who jump onto (or want to) the natural gas ‘bandwagon’, how long will it take for them to be significantly and directly affected (neg vs. pos)?

On or off the bandwagon, every Pennsylvanian is currently benefiting from Marcellus Shale natural gas development in a number of ways. Whether it’s through more affordable utility bills, the $1.8 billion in state tax revenue or the more than $400 million in impact fees generated for local communities and state agencies, Pennsylvanians are seeing the […]

On the grassroots level, why am I hearing about it now and how does that affect me?

Over the past year or so, the Marcellus Shale Coalition has increased its outreach efforts in southeastern Pennsylvania, which is probably why you are now hearing about natural gas development in Pennsylvania. Early on in the development process, with a limited staff, we were not able to spend the appropriate amount of time working with […]

What is the industry’s commitment to diversity and inclusion?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer, as are our member companies. The MSC has hosted a number of supply chain forums and informational sessions with minority business councils in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia over the past year and a half and we’re committed to strengthening these relationships as natural gas development […]

RT @RepBillJohnson: out today – Dept. of Energy study reveal

RT @RepBillJohnson: out today – Dept. of Energy study reveals that #fracking does not contaminate water supplies: http://t.co/XgUnQJysD9 | …

How much natural gas is PA producing per month?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 183 billion cubic feet per month (Bcf/m) (6.1Bcf/d) in 2012, up from 108 Bcf/m in 2011. In 2012, production jumped 69 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with CNBC publishing a story entitled, ”Marcellus Turns Pennsylvania Into ‘Saudi Arabia’ of […]

RT @PennCollege: We’re offering tuition-free training to ent

RT @PennCollege: We’re offering tuition-free training to enter the #NatGas industry: http://t.co/cHmGztTIte #ShaleNet #Marcellus

RT @PennCollege: We’re offering tuition-free training to ent

RT @PennCollege: We’re offering tuition-free training to enter the #NatGas industry: http://t.co/cHmGztTIte #ShaleNet #Marcellus

Given the 11 county, 3 state nature of the region, what benefits will we see as a tri-state region?

The first benefit, regardless of where you reside, is more affordable utility rates. Given the increased production of natural gas, specifically from the Marcellus Shale, prices have come down to a fraction of cost than just a few short years ago. Here in Pennsylvania, utility companies are required to pass that commodity savings along to […]

Is there any other way to contain the fracking?

We are routinely asked about the completions – or hydraulic fracturing – process of natural gas development. Please click here to learn more about hydraulic fracturing, its long and proven record, as well as the regulations in place to ensure that these operations are carried out in way that protects our environment. Additionally, we would […]

What is the natural gas conversion to natural gas vehicles?

Expanding natural gas use to meeting our nation’s growing transportation needs carries a host of important benefits, ranging from cost-savings, cleaner-air and strengthened energy security. Click here to read more about these benefits and the efforts underway to leverage these abundant, clean-burning resources across our transportation sector. We would also encourage you review the following […]

How many home values have you destroyed today?

While we’re committed to answering every question we’re asked here at Learn About Shale, we disagree with the premise of your question. To the contrary, the real estate market in many Marcellus producing counties is quite strong, with home values appreciating and local economies surging. And while there will certainly be those who oppose natural […]

What is the industry’s commitment to STEM education?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is a huge supporter of expanding STEM programs in high schools across the commonwealth. In order to train the workforce of tomorrow for careers in the natural gas industry, a solid technical foundation in the sciences is critical. In fact, one of the biggest challenges for MSC member companies is […]

What if the tax structure is too low?

Very few unbiased observers would argue that Pennsylvania’s tax structure is too low. According to the Washington, DC-based Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania has one of the highest corporate income taxes in the nation. Additionally, since 2006, the natural gas industry has sent more than $1.8 billion in tax revenue to Harrisburg, in addition to the $406 […]

What is the scale? How much $ are we talking about? What is the size of this?

We’ll take this question a few different ways. From a resource standpoint, the Marcellus Shale is the second largest natural gas field in the world and the largest shale producing formation in the United States, accounting for a full 10 percent of our domestic natural gas production and 25 percent of shale gas production. From […]

What are the pricing dynamics and stability of Marcellus gas?

Natural gas, unlike oil, is not traded on the global commodities market. It’s a regionally priced commodity and the Marcellus is well situated to take advantage of its strategic geographic location. As you may know, with the northeastern population centers at the Marcellus’ doorstep, there are no shortages of markets for the gas produced here […]