U.S. Energy Secretary Tours Ethane Cracker Facility, “The Future of the American Economy”

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette called the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex under construction in Beaver County the “future of the American economy” following a meeting and location tour yesterday. The nation’s top energy policy leader discussed how the manufacturing facility – which employs more than 7,000 in the union construction trades – is critical […]

Pa. Natural Gas Production Sets Record in 2019, Appalachia “Well Poised” for Growth

Pennsylvania natural gas production in 2019 eclipsed previous records, state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) data revealed earlier this week, as operators continued to safely and more efficiently develop the clean, abundant resource. According to the 2019 Oil and Gas Annual Report, production reached 6.8 trillion cubic feet (tcf) throughout the year – marking the […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Mott MacDonald

This week we talk with Mott MacDonald, a leading global engineering and environmental consulting firm about their focus on the Appalachian Basin. Please give a brief introduction to your company. Mott MacDonald is a leading global engineering and environmental consulting firm with a century of worldwide experience. We employ over 16,000 people – 2,500 staff […]

Liquefied Natural Gas Exports Boost America’s Economy, Support Global Allies

New federal data suggests abundant, clean American natural gas is garnering heightened demand from international markets, enhancing geopolitical ties and energy security across the globe. In its monthly Short Term Annual Outlook (STEO), released this week, the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) expects liquefied natural gas export demand to return to pre-COVID levels by this […]

Celebrating the Natural Gas, Labor Partnership on Labor Day

As we head into the holiday weekend, Labor Day is an opportunity to take stock in the deep partnership forged between Pennsylvania’s natural gas sector and skilled building trades. MSC’s David Spigelmyer and Jim Snell, Business Manager of Steamfitters Local 420 in Philadelphia highlighted this strong connection in a joint PennLive column this week. “Specifically, […]

California, New York Show Consequences of Green New Deal-Styled Policies

Rolling blackouts in California and natural gas shortages in New York show the consequences of the Green New Deal-styled policies some politicians and states are trying to advance. Both California and New York have adopted aggressive mandates that virtually eliminate the clean, affordable, baseload power natural gas provides, favoring highly intermittent, costly renewable sources instead. […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

This week we’re joined by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a national law firm with a proven reputation and deep experience in the energy, finance, healthcare and life sciences industries, to name a few. Tell us about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is a national law firm with a proven reputation for providing […]

Natural Gas Tax Revenue Critical to COVID-19, Community Relief

COVID-induced economic headwinds have hit communities, townships, and municipalities hard. With businesses indefinitely closed or forced to operate at limited capacity, fundamental tax revenue for county and municipal budgets is falling – leaving community programs, emergency management efforts, redevelopment projects, and infrastructure improvements short of vital funding. For Pennsylvania communities, revenues from the state’s impact […]

Pa.’s Natural Gas Tax Funds Affordable Housing Initiatives

Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas – the impact fee – generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annually for conservation programs, environmental initiatives, first responders, infrastructure, and, as reported this week, affordable housing initiatives across the state. Through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) program and the state Housing Finance Agency’s Low […]

Pa. Labor, Business, Bipartisan Elected Leaders: “Keep Fracking Going”

As delegates gather over the next two weeks to confirm presidential nominees and set their respective party platforms, the role of natural gas in driving economic and environmental gains, particularly in key battleground states, cannot be overlooked. Among greater political polarization and division, the responsible development of clean American natural gas is an area of […]