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 […]

ICYMI: Unrealistic Energy Policies Sting American Consumers

Governor Cuomo’s energy blockade is a punch in the gut for northeast consumers, as policies blocking new pipeline development increase costs and jeopardize energy reliability. It’s ironic that the United States is world’s natural gas production leader, but New York City residents, who live just across the border from the second-largest natural gas producing state, […]

Natural Gas Industry to Gov. Wolf: Commitment to Health, Safety “Exceptionally Personal” for Local Workforce

For the tens-of-thousands of local Pennsylvanians who produce clean, abundant energy, there’s no higher responsibility than the protection and improvement of our environment, leaders of the Commonwealth’s three oil and natural gas trade associations wrote in a letter to Governor Wolf this week. The letter details the “exceptionally personal” commitment to responsibly producing the energy […]

Post-Gazette Continues to Peddle Junk Science

Cites convicted federal felon who illegally pushed drugs into community as “trusted, expert” voice Unoriginal. Loose (at best) with the facts. Totally predictable. The Post-Gazette’s latest broadside attacking Pennsylvania’s natural gas workers and their commitment to protecting public health and our environment was effectively a CliffsNotes of anti-energy activism “research” that’s been previously blogged about […]

FACT CHECK: Post-Gazette’s Narrative on Natural Gas Conflicts with Facts

Latest “Human Toll” series stories centered on activist research; ignore objective science Since the Post-Gazette’s “Human Toll” series recently launched (two more stories attacking the natural gas industry are set to run soon, we understand), we have fact-checked the paper’s reporting, which centers mainly on shoddy and flawed research funded by anti-natural gas activists and […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Groundwater & Environmental Services Inc. (GES)

The MSC recently spoke with Mr. Robin B. Raudenbush, Senior Vice President of Oil and Gas for Groundwater & Environmental Services Inc., an environmental consulting firm founded in 1985, 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. […]

New Natural Gas Power Plant Generates Clean Electricity for One Million Homes

Touted as one of the most efficient power plants in the country, the Lackawanna Energy Center came online this week, turning locally produced, clean natural gas into reliable electricity for more than one million homes. The 1,480-megawatt facility in Lackawanna County uses state-of-the-art combined-cycle technology that makes the plant highly efficient and environmentally friendly, Invenergy’s […]

U.S. Energy Exports Boost Energy Security, Drive Clean Air Progress

For the first time in almost 70 years, the United States has emerged as a net natural gas exporter and is on track to become the 3rd largest global exporter within the next few years, experts said during a U.S. Senate committee hearing yesterday. Expanded exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas boost America’s global standing, […]

Local Leaders: Natural Gas Impact Tax Revenues a “Blessing”

Local leaders across the Commonwealth agree: Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax works. The natural gas impact tax generated a record $251.8 million in 2018, bringing the seven-year total to $1.7 billion in new revenue for Pennsylvania communities and statewide environmental initiatives. Communities use the impact tax revenues to fund a host of priorities, from enhancing […]

EIA: Domestic Natural Gas Production Meets Growing U.S. Demand

Consumers, economy and environment benefit from expanded natural gas production and use. Nearly all natural gas consumed in the United States last year was produced domestically, as advancements in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies have unlocked abundant American energy resources. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas production and consumption reached record […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Waste Management Energy Services

The MSC recently interviewed member-company Waste Management Energy Services to learn more about their business and customized environmental & oilfield solutions. Q. What services does your company provide to support shale development and/or infrastructure expansion in Pennsylvania and this region? Waste Management Energy Services (WMES) provides a wide range of environmental services across North America, […]

American Natural Gas: “The Golden Key” to Boosting Manufacturing

In an interview with Matthew Brouillette’s “Brews and Views” podcast that aired earlier this week, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer emphasized that “natural gas is the golden key to bring manufacturing back to Pennsylvania.” Spigelmyer also spoke about the benefits of natural gas and highlighted major energy changes over the past decade. Click HERE to listen to […]

Record Impact Tax Revenues Directly Benefit Communities

Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax generated a record $251.8 million in 2018, bringing the seven-year total to $1.7 billion in new revenue for communities and statewide environmental and conservation programs. “Local governments rely on impact tax revenues to fund a host of priorities, including enhancing road and bridge infrastructure, flood mitigation and prevention, emergency response […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Michael Baker International

This week’s edition features Michael Baker International, a leader in engineering and consulting services providing innovative infrastructure solutions. Q. What services does your company provide to support shale development and/or infrastructure expansion in Pennsylvania and this region? Michael Baker International has been providing comprehensive oil and gas planning, engineering, and design services for over 75 […]

From Weakness to Strength: CNBC Highlights America’s Energy Revolution. But What’s Up Their Sleeve Next?

In a new online video — the first in a multi-part series — CNBC breaks down an otherwise complex issue: America’s historical quest and march toward energy security and independence. Drawing on the views of experts to contextualize this important story, including world-renowned energy scholar Daniel Yergin, CNBC provides a concise overview of America’s early […]

FACT CHECK: Debunking the False Narrative Around Restore Pa.

Governor Wolf and supporters of his plan to triple-tax Pennsylvania energy have recently taken liberties with their arguments in favor of this misguided policy. Pennsylvanians deserve to know the truth behind this political speak. Let’s check a few of the claims: CLAIM: “There’s room for the (natural gas) industry to pay more.” FACT : Pennsylvania […]

American Energy Dominance Grows with LNG Deal

America’s energy dominance was fortified this week with a newly signed agreement to deliver more natural gas to Poland. Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) signed an agreement with Venture Global LNG to purchase an additional 1.5 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year from the United States. Deliveries are expected to […]

U.S. Global Leader in Natural Gas Production, Demand Growth

The United States was the global leader in natural gas production growth last year, and, demand for the clean, abundant fuel grew at its fastest pace since 2010, according to a recent International Energy Agency report. Global natural gas is expected to keep rising through 2024, the agency reported. Growth in the safe production and […]

MSC Member Spotlight: WallacePancher Group

Last week, we sat down with Brian Pancher, co-founder of the Pennsylvania-based engineering and environmental firm WallacePancher Group. Q. Can you tell us about your business… how you got started and where you are now? Brian Pancher: Well, we’re truly a basement startup business. My business partner is an engineer, and I’m a biologist. We worked […]

Additional Energy Taxes a “Gut Punch” to Pa. Families

For the fifth year, Governor Wolf has proposed a massive tax increase on Pennsylvania’s energy job creators that threatens economic growth and burdens hard-working families with higher energy costs. As in previous years, the proposal to triple-tax Pennsylvania energy has fallen flat among lawmakers, with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman telling reporters earlier this week […]

“Pipelines Mean Jobs”: Leading Labor Unions Urge Elected Officials to Support Energy Jobs & Infrastructure

In a recent Pittsburgh Tribune-Review letter titled “Pipelines Mean Jobs,” Jim Kunz – business manager of Local Union 66, International Union of Operating Engineers – highlights the critical importance of expanding natural gas infrastructure: “I know we could increase that [pipeline] capacity if activists would stop trying to shut down pipeline development, either by pushing […]

Local, Business and Industry Leaders Gather to Tout Benefits of Natural Gas Impact Tax

“The Act 13 impact fee is probably the most important piece of legislation for rural Pennsylvania in my lifetime.”– Senator Gene Yaw Pennsylvania’s current tax on natural gas – the impact tax – works. That message was echoed by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, elected leaders from across the region, and business voices yesterday, as […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Ecosystem Investment Partners

We recently interviewed Jaime Zsiros of Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP), a leading private investment firm focused on solving ecological restoration and mitigation issues. Q. What services does your company provide to support shale development and/or infrastructure expansion in Pennsylvania and this region? Zsiros: Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP) is the largest private firm fully dedicated to […]

NOAA Study: U.S. Methane Emissions Flat as Natural Gas Production Increases

Total U.S. methane emissions has remained flat since 2006 as domestic natural gas production increased 46 percent, according to a new peer-reviewed study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Conducted using “highly accurate measurements of methane collected over 10 years at 20 long-term sampling sites around the country,” the study found […]

Comprehensive Air Quality Analysis Finds No Health Impacts Tied to Shale Development

Results from a two-year air quality study of a natural gas well site in southwest Pennsylvania determined that safe, responsible natural gas development does not pose a threat to public health. The analysis, completed by Gradient, a Boston-based environmental and risk sciences consulting firm, found that unconventional natural gas operations near Ft. Cherry School District […]

Build for Tomorrow by Investing in Energy Infrastructure Today

“Jobs in this industry have paved the way to a blue-collar, middle-class way of life for millions of families across our country.” – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of Laborers’ International Union of North American (LiUNA) This week is the seventh annual Infrastructure Week – a national week of advocacy and education that brings together business, […]

Post-Gazette’s Claims on Childhood Cancer Unsupported by Medical Experts, Science

As an industry focused on enhancing public health and safety, we’re deeply disappointed in the Post-Gazette’s continued efforts to sensationalize tragedy through unsubstantiated claims regarding regional childhood cancer cases.   “Our hearts break for anyone battling cancer,” MSC’s David Spigelmyer told the paper. “Given our industry’s deep commitment to protecting the health, safety and environment […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Hull & Associates, Inc.

We recently had the opportunity to interview Don Zuch, a principal with Hull & Associates, Inc. (HULL), a project development and engineering company that focuses on quality of life by solving complex challenges related to environment, energy and infrastructure. Q. What services does your company provide to support shale development and/or infrastructure expansion in Pennsylvania […]

U.S. Energy Production, Consumption Hit Record High in 2018: EIA

As American oil and natural gas production soared in 2018, consumption and exports of domestic energy reached record highs, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week. According to the federal agency, U.S. energy production in 2018 increased 8% from the year prior: “This increase in production outpaced the 4% increase in U.S. energy […]

ICYMI: Appalachian Basin’s methane emissions fall despite increase in gas production (Tribune-Review)

As Pennsylvania natural gas production soars, methane emissions have plummeted, according to recent federal data reported in the Tribune-Review. EPA’s inventory released last month shows greenhouse gas emissions “were at their lowest level in 25 years and methane emissions in particular are down 18.8% since 1990,” the newspaper reports. While methane emissions have fallen, the […]

This Earth Day, Celebrate Natural Gas

Earth Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the meaningful environmental progress made possible through the production and use of clean, abundant American natural gas. As Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler told the SHALE INSIGHT audience in October, thanks to natural gas, “we are the global leader in clear air progress.” For the tens […]

MSC Member Profile: Shale Development Propels Central Pennsylvania Engineering Firm into National Player

“I’ve got to be part of that,” top Dawood leader says of America’s shale revolution. As part of MSC’s Member Profile series, we recently sat down with Jim Rodgers and Nick Brien of Dawood, a central Pennsylvania-based engineering firm that’s seized the opportunity of the shale revolution to grow into a national firm. This interview […]

Nuclear Bailout to Burden Consumers, Cost Job-Creating Investment

Passing a bailout of the nuclear industry threatens Pennsylvania’s business environment and will burden consumers, MSC’s David Spigelmyer testified during a senate hearing earlier this week. Spigelmyer, who will testify before a House committee on Monday, urged the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee to stay true to free market principles, arguing that the […]

President Trump’s Executive Orders Advance American Energy Dominance

Pennsylvania’s energy job-creators joined manufacturers and top building trades union leaders, among others, to applaud President Trump’s signing yesterday of two executive orders that will help expand and modernize America’s energy infrastructure. The Executive Orders are expected to streamline federal permitting and ease unnecessary regulatory roadblocks for new pipeline construction and LNG export terminals. Joining […]

Top Medical Experts: “No Known Lifestyle or Environmental Causes” for Rare Childhood Cancer

***APRIL 24, 2019 UPDATE*** Following an investigation into instances of Ewing Sarcoma in Washington County, the Pennsylvania Department of Health concluded “incidence rates for the Ewing’s family of tumors and childhood cancers in Washington County and Canon-McMillan School District were not consistently and statistically significantly higher than expected.” Click HERE to access the full DOH […]

Beaver Co. Commissioner Testifies Before Congress: “Energy Drives Our Economy”

Thanks to natural gas development, Beaver County can be “proud of our past, but confident in our energy future,” Dan Camp, chairman of the Beaver County Board of Commissioners testified today before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. Camp, the youngest county chairman in Pennsylvania, highlighted the economic benefits that natural […]

U.S. Energy Abundance Saves Thousands of Lives Annually

Tens-of-thousands of lives are saved annually as a result of access to affordable, reliable energy, according to a new National Bureau of Economic Research analysis. The working paper released earlier this month by the national, non-partisan research center examines how the price of home heating affects mortality in the U.S. Residential natural gas savings – […]

IHS Report: Appalachian Natural Gas to Supply 45% of U.S. Production by 2040

Marcellus and Utica shale gas production is expected to increase exponentially – “almost as much as the entire U.S. produced 10 years ago” – over the next two decades, driving petrochemical manufacturing growth within the Appalachian basin, according to a new study from IHS Markit. Natural gas production from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio will […]

Labor Leaders, Legislators Call for Energy Infrastructure Expansion

Labor leaders, a bipartisan group of lawmakers and leaders within the energy industry gathered in Harrisburg on Tuesday for a Capitol news conference highlighting the safety, economic benefit, and consumer need for a robust energy pipeline network. Pennsylvania’s energy industry has a $44 billion economic impact, supports 322,600 jobs and generates $23 billion in wages, […]

Pa. Leads Nation in Clean, Affordable Natural Gas Power Generation Growth

Pennsylvania accounted for one-quarter of the growth in highly efficient, clean natural gas power generation last year, according to new federal data released this morning. In fact, more than 60 percent of the electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. in 2018 was fueled by clean, domestic natural gas. Specifically, facilities like Tenaska’s Westmoreland Generating […]

International Energy Agency Chief: “Huge Expectations Around the World” for U.S. LNG

As the world’s top oil and natural gas producer, energy exports strengthen the U.S. economy and geopolitical standing across the globe. Earlier this week, Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, touted his great expectations for U.S. natural gas – made possible by shale development – and its potential impact on the global […]

Pa.’s Top Environmental Regulator: Natural Gas Improves Air Quality, Further Progress to Come

The increased production and use of local natural gas have already allowed Pennsylvania to meet key environmental goals, but there’s additional opportunity for clean air progress as more natural gas is used in power generation and transportation, the state’s environmental protection secretary said during a budget hearing this week. During testimony at a House budget […]

NYC Suburb Can’t Expand Natural Gas Access. Is Gov. Cuomo to Blame?

Westchester County is “in a panic” as residents, small businesses, schools and hospitals can’t access the natural gas needed to power their economy. Bloomberg News reported Friday that natural gas supply constraints could “grind” development – specifically construction of 16,000 new homes and 2 million square feet of retail and commercial space – in the […]

Radio Recap: Natural Gas a “Winner for the Region”

Natural gas is driving manufacturing job growth, consumer savings, and clean air progress, all “winners for the region,” MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during radio interviews across the Commonwealth this week. Here’s a few key highlights from radio row:   On a Generational Manufacturing Opportunity “We’ve got a petrochemical facility being built in the west that […]

Pa.’s Existing Natural Gas Tax Funds Infrastructure, Environmental Programs

Instead of promoting the infrastructure, housing and environmental initiatives funded with revenues from Pennsylvania’s existing tax on natural gas, Governor Wolf is visiting communities to push a massive energy tax increase that will burden consumers and cost jobs. The governor’s latest energy tax increase, part of the “Restore Pennsylvania” plan, would levy a tax top […]

Pennsylvanians Stay Warm with Affordable Natural Gas During Brutal Cold Snap

As temperatures plunge across the region, Pennsylvanians are keeping warm with affordable, reliable natural gas. More than half of Pennsylvania households turn to natural gas for home heating, according to federal data. And, thanks to record natural gas production, consumers across the Commonwealth are realizing meaningful energy savings. During a recent interview with WHP 580’s […]

IFO: Annual Natural Gas Impact Fee Revenues to Hit Record High

Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas – the impact fee – will likely generate a record $247 million in new revenue this year, according to a recent Independent Fiscal Office report. The nonpartisan agency’s estimate exceeds the 2017 total revenues by $37.4 million and puts the tax on track to generate nearly $1.7 billion since its […]

Report: Marcellus, Utica Shale Plays Drive Domestic Natural Gas Production Growth

Domestic natural gas production and use – especially in power generation and manufacturing – will expand significantly over the next three decades, the federal Energy Information Administration reported today. The agency projects in its 2019 Annual Energy Outlook that natural gas will experience the largest production increase of all fossil fuels, with the Marcellus and […]