Archives for August 2013

RT @IEA: The shale gas revolution has triggered strong inves

RT @IEA: The shale gas revolution has triggered strong investor interest in natural gas as a transport fuel in the US http://t.co/H4EFszlkXe

Pa. Business Converting Fleet to Natural Gas! http://t.co/Qd

Pa. Business Converting Fleet to Natural Gas! http://t.co/QdA6LL8r4i #CNG

RT @RTDNEWS: Natural gas would fuel most of Dominion Virgini

RT @RTDNEWS: Natural gas would fuel most of Dominion Virginia Power’s additional power generating needs in latest 15-year plan. http://t.co…

RT @KeystoneReport: Rendell touts Marcellus Shale on Morning

RT @KeystoneReport: Rendell touts Marcellus Shale on Morning Joe: http://t.co/XEKEe7Y5Jt

Is this campaign an attempt to cover your own asses when the general public finds out you are screwing them?

The safe development of clean-burning domestic natural gas represents an historic opportunity for our region and for the nation. Our industry’s collective efforts — including this initiative — are focused on fostering a fact- and science-based community conversation about safe, job-creating American natural gas. We have an obligation to answer real questions with straightforward facts. […]

What is the commitment to communicate to low income residents and how can we evaluate the success of that communication?

The MSC, and our member companies, are committed to effectively communicating with and engaging every single demographic and a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Each and every one of us stands to continue to benefit from safe shale development, through more affordable energy costs, cleaner air and more jobs. For example, we have partnered with various […]

Haven’t scientists been developing natural gas all along?

Natural gas development was pioneered in the United States. In fact, “In 1821, William Hart dug the first successful natural gas well in the U.S. in Fredonia, New York.” And today — thanks to the persistence and entrepreneurial spirit of George Mitchell and others — “We produce more natural gas than any country on Earth,” […]

Is it true that Act 13 provides for money that can be used for conservation to go to the municipalities?

Absolutely. And just recently, the Pa. Public Utility Commission (PUC) allocated $202.4 million – which is in addition to $1.8 billion paid in natural gas-related taxes and last year’s impact fees of more than $200 million – to various programs, including conservation efforts. Impact fee revenues – generated by the safe, job-creating shale development – […]

Is the industry willing to work with the conservation groups to make a documentary DVD or TV program focusing on the benefits to wildlife and wildlife habitat?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition is always open to considering new partnerships. Please contact us if you have an idea you would like to discuss. You can also read about our members’ commitment to wildlife and wildlife habitat in a fact sheet about how we strive to share the woods and in our Recommended Practices of […]

VIDEO: @GovEdRendell touts safe, job-creating Marcellus #Sha

VIDEO: @GovEdRendell touts safe, job-creating Marcellus #ShaleGas development on @Morning_Joe. http://t.co/kQYGeLL344

Why is there an east/west divide around the industry?

The short answer is the natural gas found in central and northeastern Pennsylvania is considered “dry gas” while the natural gas developed in western and southwestern Pennsylvania is “wet gas.” This has to do with the contents of the gas. Dry gas is close to pure methane. Wet gas has heavier hydrocarbons (butane, ethane, propane) […]

Are empty wells going to be used to pump in polluted oil byproducts?

Approximately 10 to 30 percent of the total water used in the hydraulic fracturing process returns to the surface as what is called flowback water. This remaining water, which contains naturally occurring elements is captured and stored within the formation itself. The flowback water that returns to the surface is treated and reused or sent […]

How many wells are there currently? How much water used at each well? Where is the water from? How many trucks operate at each well? What chemicals are in the slurry? Where does the polluted toxic slurry go?

There have been roughly 8,000 Marcellus wells drilled in Pennsylvania, though since that number is always growing, we encourage you to consult updated Pa. Department of Environmental Protection records, which include the number of wells drilled in each county and by each operator; the amount of natural gas produced by each well; the number of […]

What is the role of the SRBC in overseeing/permitting withdrawals on a water-shed wide basin?

As you may know, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) regulates water withdrawals and consumptive water use in the river basin, for all industrial, including natural gas use. SRBC provides a great overview of its role in natural gas development. Click here to view that online. And while natural gas development continues at a steady […]

What happens when drilling companies go bankrupt?

If a natural gas operator does in fact go bankrupt, the same process holds true for their business as it would for any other business.  Natural gas operators are also required to have a bond on their well pads in the event something should occur and the company is no longer in existence to address […]

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How can I get a job in the Marcellus Shale industry?

While there are a number of online resources for employment opportunities in the natural gas industry, we would direct you to the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Job Portal, which links to the employment sections of our 300+ member companies websites.

I have a natural gas stove. Every time I turn it on, my dog gets scared and runs out of the house. Is natural gas bad for the animals?

Not that we’re aware of. As pet owners and dog lovers ourselves, my dog gets scared when I turn on the vacuum cleaner. So it may just be a function of the dog not liking the blue flame. But to be certain, you may want to consult with your vet.

Why are plant leaves turning brown?

That’s a great question. The Pennsylvania Tourism Office provides a great deal of timely information regarding the Commonwealth’s unique, regional fall leave patterns. Click HERE for more information. Likewise, the Pennsylvania Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources, which notes that “Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in […]

600 plus chemicals being pumped into the ground affect the ground water, what clean up can be done to fix that?

Despite claims, hydraulic fracturing fluids are made up of approximately 99.5 percent of the fluid is water and sand. The other 0.5 percent of the fracturing fluid is composed of (in most cases) 3 to 12 additives – not 600 – that serve a unique purpose. This from FracFocus, a national hydraulic fracturing fluids disclosure […]

Will you do another session which will be electronic?

While we continue to engage with a broad spectrum stakeholders through various outlets – community meetings, forums, events as well as social media – at this point we are still exploring options specific to future online Learn About Shale sessions. That said, we would encourage you – and others – to submit questions at any […]

Do you believe you have the moral obligation of telling me how your processes negatively affect my water supply? Do you accept the premise that there is a moral obligation?

As you may know, strong regulatory safeguards and requirements are in place to ensure that our water resources are protected as natural gas is safely developed, leveraging advanced technologies. And while some claim that the natural gas development process – specifically hydraulic fracturing – has impacted groundwater, facts and science continue to demonstrate otherwise. In […]

RT @ALcomHuntsville: Athens sets opening of only compressed

RT @ALcomHuntsville: Athens sets opening of only compressed natural gas station on Birmingham-to-Nashville corridor http://t.co/q0yH8LdtNz

#LearnAboutShale: “What happens to the land after fracking i

#LearnAboutShale: “What happens to the land after fracking is completed in a specific area?” Answer here: http://t.co/Vz4sx0Uvni

What happens to the land after fracking is completed in a specific area?

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 […]

Why did the industry push for Act 13 which removes local zoning authority and places a gag order on physicians?

Despite claims, Act 13 dramatically expanded transparency and further modernized the commonwealth’s robust regulatory framework. As it relates to disclosure of fracturing fluids, click here and here to review the facts. And more here from Pa. DEP: “Act 13 provides for immediate, verbal communication of any proprietary information to emergency responders to ensure the necessary […]

How come you don’t hire local residents in the areas where you drill? I’ve seen the places you drill and they’re usually poor economic areas. It would help the local economy.

In line with our Guiding Principles, the MSC works to attract and retain a talented local workforce: the development of clean-burning, reliable, and abundant natural gas resources that will improve our energy security and national security for generations to come. Indeed, safe shale development is providing new opportunities for family-sustaining employment in a variety of […]

Why can’t safe additives be found to add to the water used to fracture rock for shale gas removal?

On average, hydraulic fracturing fluids are made up of more than 99.5% of water and sand, with an additional .49% of commonly used additives. These additives, of course, are highly diluted and all fluids and hydrocarbons are isolated within the wellbore, following strict regulations, to ensure groundwater resources are protected. As you may know, MSC […]

Is the industry open to addressing unintended consequences when they occur?

Absolutely, and we do. Our industry takes the protection of our environment and surroundings seriously. After all, the men and women who work to develop the Marcellus Shale are the same men and women who live and raise their families in these communities. Pennsylvania’s extensive regulatory system holds companies liable to remediate any violations; pay […]

Should the industry be allowed to withdraw water from streams having an “exceptional value” designation?

Water withdrawal for natural gas drilling is one of Pennsylvania’s tightly regulated processes. Depending in which part of the Marcellus Shale play the hydraulic fracturing operations are happening, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection require operators to seek approval before withdrawing or using any amount of water for unconventional […]

The drill-cut mud, frack-chem, sawdust soaked in frack-chem and the crystalline silica mixed with frack-chem laying in the streets of Troy, PA is making everyone sick. Who should have to pay for the medical costs caused by this environmental epidemic?

Regulations are in place to ensure that whoever is responsible for incidents like what you’re describing is held responsible. That being said, we have yet to hear of any case such as this that is linked to the safe, time-tested and tightly regulated process of hydraulic fracturing. Additionally, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has said: […]

[email protected]: The energy sector is the brightest spot in the

[email protected]: The energy sector is the brightest spot in the economy. http://t.co/EAav8BVfvB #Marcellus

More public natural gas fueling stations are coming to Kansa

More public natural gas fueling stations are coming to Kansas City http://t.co/yle72ws2kw via @KCStar #CNG

[email protected]_Energy to supply #NaturalGas turbines for Pa’s fir

[email protected]_Energy to supply #NaturalGas turbines for Pa’s first #Marcellus Shale power plant via @PennEnergy http://t.co/8E9pTANyEW

According to a new report from @bizfacilities, Pa. is among

According to a new report from @bizfacilities, Pa. is among the top 10 states for “economic growth potential” thanks to Marcellus #ShaleGas

Via @bizfacilities: Job-creating Marcellus Shale reserves ar

Via @bizfacilities: Job-creating Marcellus Shale reserves are propelling Pa. to front rank of #NaturalGas powerhouses http://t.co/aqcJUdzolD

Remember to register for #Shale2013 Sept. 25-26, the leading

Remember to register for #Shale2013 Sept. 25-26, the leading #Shale development forum http://t.co/iDEdEe0jwb http://t.co/HYwnjastVx

RT @CabotOG: We are excited for the Technology Showcase at t

RT @CabotOG: We are excited for the Technology Showcase at the Shale Insight Conference. Have you registered yet? #Shale2013 http://t.co/gi…

RT @Shell_NatGas: “Through more research & development,

RT @Shell_NatGas: “Through more research & development, #natgas vehicles will get even more efficient & cost effective” http://t.co/2zgQAw6…

New Pa. DEP air study finds no emission levels of nitrogen d

New Pa. DEP air study finds no emission levels of nitrogen dioxide that would pose a health concern in Lycoming Co. http://t.co/dszA0DMi8I

Another #NaturalGas vehicle fueling station moving forward,

Another #NaturalGas vehicle fueling station moving forward, this one in New Hampshire. http://t.co/HkvBW0KE6X #CNG

MSC member @CONSOL_Energy to pump “millions of new revenue”

MSC member @CONSOL_Energy to pump “millions of new revenue” into Moon and Findlay Twps. http://t.co/mnZM7YZH5s via @TribLIVE

[email protected]: Due to the #natgas drilling boom in the Marcellu

[email protected]: Due to the #natgas drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale, employment in oil & gas extraction up 16% in Pa. http://t.co/6wCXNO8Wfw

New Mexico city, like many others across the U.S., is using

New Mexico city, like many others across the U.S., is using natural gas to power vehicles. http://t.co/DgwWjZK3YZ #CNG

Support safe, job-creating #NaturalGas development? Please R

Support safe, job-creating #NaturalGas development? Please RT! http://t.co/rTo4tNgxJf http://t.co/IlCFgDTbTY

[email protected]: Safe shale development “the brightest spot on

[email protected]: Safe shale development “the brightest spot on the horizon” for Northeast Pa.’s economy http://t.co/rTo4tNgxJf

MSC member co. EQT: “We like to give back in the communities

MSC member co. EQT: “We like to give back in the communities where we live and where we operate.” http://t.co/u4EbazHE8D

New on the blog: “Marvelous Marcellus” is Positively Res

New on the blog: “Marvelous Marcellus” is Positively Reshaping our Region http://t.co/NiU166RewL #ShaleGas

RT @WTAE: Video: Consol unveils plans for gas drilling at P

RT @WTAE: Video: Consol unveils plans for gas drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport (H) http://t.co/bzywsTcOhD

Shell is locking up ethane suppliers for a proposed petroche

Shell is locking up ethane suppliers for a proposed petrochemical plant in Beaver Co., a promising development. http://t.co/VxyHPdvi3N