Looking Back: 8 Years of Natural Gas Impact Fee Success

It’s been eight years since Pennsylvania enacted a unique tax on natural gas extraction – and local governments, communities and environmental conservation programs continue to be the clear winners. Former Gov. Tom Corbett signed Act 13 into law in 2012, imposing an additional tax on unconventional natural gas production with counties and municipalities directly benefitting […]

Natural Gas Makes Life-Saving Supplies & Medicines Possible

Hand-sanitizer, life-saving pharmaceuticals, anti-bacterial wipes, medical gloves, and disinfecting products and soap – just a few of the millions of everyday products essential to modern life created with American natural gas and oil. At the same time, affordable domestic natural gas reliably heats our homes, keeps the lights on and is a key component in […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Environmental Standards, Inc.

We sat down with Lydia Work, Principal Chemist at Environmental Standards, Inc., to learn more about the environmental consulting company and discuss their capabilities in assisting oil and natural gas companies in the Appalachian region. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you introduce Environmental Standards and give a […]

Post-Gazette Relies on Biased Research, Activists for Latest Energy Story

For readers looking for reputable, unbiased journalism, the Post-Gazette’s coverage of tightly regulated energy development continues to disappoint. As we saw in last year’s Human Toll series, the authors again took a predetermined narrative in their latest piece focused on a Washington County compressor station location. Energy companies – and the tens-of-thousands of Pennsylvanians they […]

MSC Member Spotlight: GPD Group

Last week, we spoke with GPD Group’s Brian Peterson PE and Doug Nihiser PS to learn more about their practice and discuss their capabilities in oil and gas in the Appalachian region. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you introduce GPD and give a brief history of your […]

State Data: Pa. Responsible for 20% of U.S. NatGas Production

For the fourteenth consecutive quarter, Pennsylvania’s natural gas output from unconventional drilling has grown, transforming the Commonwealth into the nation’s second-largest natural gas producing state, according to new state data. The Independent Fiscal Office’s (IFO) Q4 2019 Natural Gas Production Report puts Pennsylvania’s natural gas production at 1,776 Bcf during the fourth quarter of 2019 […]

Bipartisan Group of Elected Officials, Union Leaders Share “Fracking” Support

Pennsylvania voters, elected officials across the political spectrum, union building trades members, and business leaders agree – banning the safe, responsible use of hydraulic fracturing will devastate our economy, burden consumers with skyrocketing energy costs, and reverse more than a decade of environmental progress. Despite the severe blow such a policy would deliver to working […]

State, Federal Study: Pa. Streams Unaffected by Natural Gas Development

Natural gas development is having no adverse impact on water quality in Pennsylvania streams, a recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal found. The study – whose authors include individuals from the state’s Bureau of Forestry within Pa. DCNR, the Division of Water Quality within Pa. DEP, and experts […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Golder Associates

Last week, we sat down with Golder Associates’ Martin Derby and Lynse Stafford to discuss their capabilities in assisting the natural gas industry in the Appalachian region. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you introduce Golder Associates and give a brief history of your practice? Martin Derby: Golder […]

EPA Data: Natural Gas Drives U.S. Emissions Downward

The U.S. continues to make significant air quality gains thanks to the increased production and use of clean, domestic natural gas, according to draft federal data released today. In its annual draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, the EPA reported a 10% decrease in net U.S. greenhouse gas emissions since the 2005 peak. A clean, domestically […]