Impact Tax Funds $20M+ of Community Projects Throughout Pennsylvania

Communities throughout Pennsylvania received natural gas impact tax funded grants for key environmental and infrastructure projects this week. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved 152 projects, totaling $20,885,000, for projects in counties across the state. These funds are in addition to the impact fee dollars that directly benefit each county annually. Elected officials celebrated these new […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Trinity Consultants

Last week, we spoke with Tom Muscenti, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of Trinity Consultants – an environmental consulting firm with offices across the U.S. and in Canada, the U.K., Asia, and Australia – to learn about the company and the services it provides for Marcellus energy companies. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. […]

Scientists Find Studies Linking Fracking to Health Impacts Poorly Designed, Inconclusive

Studies tying shale development to negative public health impacts used imprecise measures, failed to consider other possible factors, and, in some cases, were poorly designed, a committee of independent scientific experts affiliated with the Health Effects Institute concluded in a report released this week. The in-depth analysis of 25 studies by HEI scientists – a […]

U.S. Natural Gas Supply Hits Record High – Report

Led by growth in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, the United States has a record future supply of natural gas, according to the latest biennial report from the well-respected Potential Gas Committee. This assessment of the nation’s technically recoverable natural gas assets is the highest in the committee’s 54-year history and represents a 20% […]

A Clean Energy Economy Starts with Natural Gas

Natural gas is a vital component in supporting the growth of our nation’s clean energy economy, MSC’s David Spigelmyer testified during a House hearing earlier today. Spigelmyer urged the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship to think of natural gas as they consider how to support small business innovation for […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Moody and Associates, Inc.

The MSC recently spoke with Jeff Walentosky, President and CEO of Moody and Associates Inc., an environmental consulting firm founded in 1891, to learn about their business and the services they provide for the oil and gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. Can you tell us a little bit […]

Pa. Natural Gas Impact Tax an Overwhelming Success, Driving Revenue to Communities

Pennsylvania’s unique tax on natural gas, the impact fee, is working as designed, directly benefitting Butler County and all 67 counties, local leaders confirmed during an event last week. The event at Butler County’s Alameda Park, where impact fee revenues will be used to upgrade the playground this fall, featured remarks from the Butler County […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Gateway Engineers

Earlier this month, the MSC sat down and spoke with Scott Rusmisel of Gateway Engineers, a full-service civil engineering firm, to learn more about their business, as well as their experiences as an MSC member. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Q. To start, can you tell us a little bit about […]

President Trump’s Beaver Co. Visit Highlights Energy-Enabled Rust Belt Revival

President Trump’s visit to the ethane cracker plant under construction in Beaver County today highlights the energy-enabled Rust Belt Revival taking hold across Appalachia. Thanks to abundant, low-cost natural gas, regional manufacturers have a cost-competitive advantage to invest and create good-paying local jobs. Set to be completed in the coming years, the Shell Petrochemicals Complex […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Borton-Lawson

Last week, the MSC sat down with Frank Joanlanne and Dave Summers of Borton-Lawson, a full-service architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, to learn more about their business in the oil and gas industry. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Q. How did Borton-Lawson begin? How did business expand into the […]