MSC Member Spotlight: Larson Design Group

This week, we spoke with Larson Design Group, an award-winning, employee-owned company of architects, engineers and consultants that is national in reach and multi-disciplined in scope.  Tell us about Larson Design Group and your role with the business. My name is Bryan Pauling and I am the Director of Energy and Environmental Services at Larson […]

Union Workers Prefer Natural Gas, Oil Sector Employment, Surveys Find

As proponents of unrealistic, extreme environmental policies tout a smooth transition for workers entering the “green” energy job market, a new analysis suggests otherwise, finding energy construction projects in the natural gas and oil sector are the favored choice among employees. Natural gas and oil industry sector-projects are higher paying, provide better health and retirement […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Orion Strategies

This week we spoke with Orion Strategies, communications and public relations firm established in 2006 that’s an MSC associate member. Please give a brief introduction to your company. Orion Strategies is a multi-state strategic communications and public relations firm with a staff of experienced professionals in public relations, government affairs, grassroots advocacy, polling, research, and […]

Environmental Group Report: Natural Gas Drives Power Sector Emission Reductions

As natural gas gains a larger role in our nation’s energy mix, emissions of some of the most prominent greenhouse gasses have plummeted, a new Ceres analysis revealed. In its latest air emissions benchmarking report, the report co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council – an organization that supports a fracking ban – found that […]

What They’re Saying: AG Shapiro’s Report Inaccurate, Ignores Existing Law

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s politically-motivated report on shale gas development ignores existing law, the Commonwealth’s strong regulatory framework, and contains numerous misstatements and inaccuracies, various news outlets have reported.  Make no mistake, Pennsylvania has nation-leading environmental regulations and “there’s no industry that’s under the kind of perpetual scrutiny that shale gas development is under,” […]

“Enormous” Manufacturing Growth Potential with Natural Gas, Dept. of Energy Report Finds

Appalachia, with its abundant natural gas resources, has the potential to be a petrochemical and manufacturing powerhouse unmatched by any other region in the country, an important Department of Energy report concludes. The new report credits the region’s energy abundance as key to giving domestic manufacturers the competitive edge needed to invest, expand and create […]

Domestic Natural Gas to Drive Continued Economic Growth, Environmental Progress

As our country recovers from the global pandemic, affordable energy will be central to returning economic prosperity, driving manufacturing growth, and getting people working again, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer recently said in an interview with Shale Magazine. Spigelmyer was featured in two recent podcast series that focused on the state of the natural gas industry in […]

Pa. Environmental Regulators: Attorney General Report “Factually Inaccurate,” “Disservice to Commonwealth”

Report relies on anecdotes, decade-old claims to mischaracterize Pa.’s existing world-class regulatory framework An Attorney General report released yesterday ignores Pennsylvania’s modern, world-class regulatory framework, relies on decade-old unnamed anecdotal sources, and advances a false, deeply misguided understanding of safe, responsible shale development. The report, which comes as the result of a two-year grand jury […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Titan Energy Solutions

The Member Spotlight is an ongoing Q&A series focused on getting to know the MSC community. Today’s spotlight shines on Titan Energy Solutions. Q. Please give a brief introduction to Titan Energy. As a result of heightened industry demand and regional geotechnical construction risks, Titan Energy Solutions was founded in 2018 to help operators mitigate […]

Natural Gas Impact Tax Generates $200 Million for Communities, Environmental Programs

Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas development has generated nearly $2 billion in just nine years, new PUC data reveals. The fee generated $200 million in 2019, which supports community and environmental initiatives across the Commonwealth. Impact fee revenue, which directly benefits all 67 counties, is an important annual revenue source for local governments, particularly so, […]

Supreme Court Ruling to Help Connect Southeast to Affordable, Domestic Natural Gas

A Supreme Court ruling Monday regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a joint-venture between Dominion and Duke Energy, will help increase access to affordable, abundant energy produced in the Appalachian Basin for southeast consumers. “Pipeline projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are crucial for American energy security, our economy and our environment,” Alex Oehler, interim President […]

Personal Income Growth Highest in Shale Producing Counties, IFO Report

Growth in personal income was mostly higher in shale producing counties from 2016-2018 compared to non-producing areas of the state, according to a new Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) report. According to the independent, non-partisan agency’s analysis, average income per capita growth was 4.4% statewide compared to 4.6-7.5% for the state’s top five shale producing counties. […]

Innovative Energy Production, Transportation Solutions Drive Environmental Progress

Pennsylvania produced natural gas is essential to a clean energy future. For natural gas producers, pipeline companies, and processors, there continues to be an unwavering core commitment to safety, environmental conservation, and innovation to more efficiently develop affordable, abundant energy. Recently, Williams and Range Resources – both of which have a significant employment and operations […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Stahl Sheaffer Engineering

The Member Spotlight is an ongoing Q&A series focused on getting to know the MSC community. Today’s spotlight shines on Scott Popovich, P.E., Director of Transportation for Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC. Q: Please give a brief introduction to yourself and your firm. My name is Scott Popovich, P.E., and I am the Director of Transportation […]

PA Leads, NY, NJ Restrict Access to Affordable Natural Gas

As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy blocked pipeline access that would deliver affordable energy for families, hospitals, and small businesses, Pennsylvania moved forward with distribution projects to expand community access to affordable energy. “Governor Cuomo’s detrimental pattern of siding with extreme activists by prohibiting the use of clean American […]

MSC Member Spotlight: K&L Gates

The Member Spotlight is an ongoing Q&A series focused on getting to know the MSC community. Today’s spotlight shines on Craig Wilson, managing partner of the Harrisburg office of K&L Gates and practice group coordinator for the firm’s global environment, land and natural resources practice group. Q. Please give a brief introduction to K&L Gates. […]

CMU: Power Sector CO2 Emissions Down, Natural Gas Power Generation Up

America’s increasing use of clean, natural gas for power generation continues to deliver significant benefits for the environment, Carnegie Mellon University’s latest Power Sector Carbon Index report reveals. CMU’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation reports a 36% decrease in total power sector emissions intensity over the last five years. Compared to 2018, emission intensity was […]

Support for Energy, Manufacturing Strong in Pa.

Voters, business leaders, elected officials, and building trades unions agree, abundant natural gas drives manufacturing growth. Pennsylvania produced natural gas is the key component to manufacturing high-demand consumer goods, from life-saving medical equipment to plastics for smartphones and computers, and fertilizers for growing crops. Low-cost natural gas provides the region with a competitive advantage for […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

We recently spoke with Todd Kantorczyk, a partner at Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP, to learn more about the firm and their capabilities in assisting oil and natural gas companies in the Appalachian Basin. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you introduce yourself, Manko Gold, and give […]

Earth Day at 50: Natural Gas the Solution for Environmental Progress

As we celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, we reflect on the environmental gains achieved and the role clean natural gas plays in enabling this progress. “The nation’s second-largest natural gas producing state, with output reaching 6.2 trillion cubic feet in 2018,” MSC’s Spigelmyer and Laborers’ Council of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Tony Seiwell write in the Morning Call, […]

Pa. Natural Gas Powers Paper Products Manufacturer

Located in Wyoming County, Procter & Gamble’s largest U.S. manufacturing facility – home to toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, and diaper production – is powered by natural gas produced beneath its surface. The Pennsylvania facility is the only location of P&G’s 150 manufacturing plants that’s 100% energy self-sufficient thanks to the natural gas produced from […]

MSC Member Spotlight: The Thrasher Group

Last week, we spoke with Jacob Darrah, Senior GIS and Remote Sensing Manager with the Thrasher Group, to learn more about the firm and discuss their capabilities in assisting oil and natural gas companies in the Appalachian Basin. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you introduce The Thrasher […]

Bipartisan Majorities, Building Trades Unions Support Pa. Manufacturing Jobs

Climate activist groups circulated newspaper opinion page letters this week against House Bill 1100 – legislation which would support critical manufacturing investment and good-paying, union jobs in Pennsylvania. At a time when Pennsylvania unemployment is skyrocketing and our communities and families face enormous challenges tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s irresponsible to prevent the creation […]

MSC Donates Meals to Thank Doctors, Nurses, Hospital Staff

MSC partnered with several member companies this week to donate more than 2,000 lunches to doctors, nurses, and hospital staff in southwestern and northeastern Pa. The meal donation for Washington Health System and UPMC Williamsport were provided with support from Alta Resources, Cabot Oil & Gas, Chevron, Greylock Energy, Olympus Energy, Penn E&R, Range Resources […]

Amid COVID Pandemic, Energy Companies Step Up to Support Hospitals, Communities

As Pennsylvanians navigate the difficult and unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, local energy companies have mobilized to help communities and brave front line medical professionals respond to the global pandemic. Many MSC members have stepped up to help provide first responders and hospitals with masks and other personal protective equipment. Others, too, have donated to […]

MSC Member Spotlight: The Markosky Engineering Group

Last week, we spoke with The Markosky Engineering Group’s Environmental Services Division Manager David Cutlip and Environmental Sciences Department Manager Jason Harkcom to learn more about their firm and discuss their capabilities in assisting oil and natural gas companies in the Appalachian Basin. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.  Q. To start, could you introduce The Markosky […]

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

*UPDATE – April 16, 2020* Greenhouse gas emissions fell 10% nationwide and power sector emissions fell by nearly a third from 2005 and 2018, thanks in large part to the greater use of domestic natural gas, according to newly released data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Following up on draft data released in February, […]

Teachers, Local Leaders: Energy Development is a Winner for Pa. Schools

Natural gas development is an important local economic driver, job creator, and revenue source for communities, despite the findings of a misleading “report” summarized in a Philadelphia Inquirer column. Here are 3 fast facts to know about Pa. education and shale development: Rising property values: Median property values in the state’s top four natural gas-producing […]

State, Federal Policies Matter in Realizing Shale’s Economic, Environmental Benefits

As President Trump reaffirmed during the State of the Union address last week, the state of American Energy has never been stronger and there’s a federal green light to unlock more clean, domestically-produced energy. President’s since the Eisenhower administration, in fact, have used the State of the Union to address the need for greater American […]

Facts, Findings from EIA’s 2020 Energy Outlook

The United States will continue to be a global energy leader for decades to come, with the Appalachian Basin driving gains in domestic energy production growth, according to new federal data. As the U.S. remains a global energy superpower, domestic energy exports will increase and consumption among manufacturing and power generation will grow, the U.S. […]

MSC Member Spotlight: GEI Consultants

We recently spoke with Jamey Stynchula and Tom Turpin of GEI Consultants to learn more about their practice and how they service Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you introduce GEI and give a brief history of your practice? Jamey Stynchula: GEI Consultants, […]

Pa. Voters Broadly Support Natural gas, Manufacturing Growth

Proposals to ban hydraulic fracturing considered extreme, would “devastate” region’s economy. Banning the safe, responsible use of hydraulic fracturing, as some candidates have proposed, is a policy stance out of touch with the views of Pennsylvania voters, two articles in the New York Times and Washington Post find. Pennsylvanians on both sides of the political […]

Study Confirms “Little Potential for Radiation Exposure” From Oil and Natural Gas Development

Rolling Stone ignores science, facts in latest piece that further questions outlet’s journalistic credibility Amid declining readership, Rolling Stone, the once iconic magazine that’s now “a shell of its former self,” continues to advance one-sided, deeply biased articles attacking American energy development. Its latest article, by author Justin Nobel, the “infamously left-leaning magazine” that’s lost […]

MSC Member Spotlight: The Tri-M Group

Last week, we spoke with Mike Funari and Rich Musser of The Tri-M Group, to learn about their business and how it serves the oil and gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you introduce The Tri-M Group and give a brief history of your practice? Rich […]

Carbon Emissions Continue Fall as Natural Gas Generates Larger U.S. Power Share

Natural gas will continue as the top fuel source for U.S. electricity generation and carbon emissions will fall to the lowest point since 1988, according to federal data released this week. In its Short Term Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Administration projects domestic natural gas production and consumption increases over the next year, largely driven […]

Reports: Natural Gas Use Saves Lives, Drives Emission Reductions

The increased use of natural gas in power generation has saved over 26,000 lives since 2006 and help drive total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 12.3% lower than 2005, according to two studies released this week. The reports from researchers at U.C. San Diego and the Rhodium Group, respectively, confirm the critical role of U.S. natural […]

CNBC Digital Piece Ignores Key Facts, Advances Discredited Narrative

In a new online video, CNBC asks an important question: “Should the U.S. Ban Fracking?” Regular viewers would expect the business-focused outlet to include fresh data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (ban on hydraulic fracturing would result in 19 million lost jobs by 2025 and reduce U.S. GDP by $7.1 trillion) or November remarks […]

MSC Member Spotlight: GA BIBIKOS LLC

Last week, we spoke with George A. Bibikos, the founder and managing member of Harrisburg-based law firm GA BIBIKOS LLC, to learn about his practice and how it serves the oil and gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you introduce GA Bibikos LLC and give a […]

What They’re Saying: Natural Gas Powers America Into New Decade

As a new decade dawns, it’s important to take stock in the rapid – and overwhelmingly positive – reversal of America’s energy outlook. From “Scarcity to Abundance”, America is leading the world in energy and environmental progress. And as the International Energy Agency reports, the benefits of American natural gas – with domestic production hitting […]

MSC Highlights Critical Benefits of American Natural Gas on Fox & Friends

Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute released a new report highlighting the importance that responsible domestic natural gas and oil production plays in growing America’s economy, improving our environment and strengthening our nation’s security. This new report reflects data presented by Axios today, which shows strong increases in American natural gas […]

Giving Back to Pennsylvania Communities

The MSC is proud to give back to the communities where we live and work. In the spirit of the holiday season – and with the cold winter months upon us – we held our first annual ‘Coalition of Caring’ coat and boot drive, donating winter clothing to non-profit organizations across Pennsylvania serving those in […]