DRBC Fracking Ban Defies Sound Science, Grave Blow to Private Property Rights

Following a decade-long moratorium, the Delaware River Basin Commission voted to ban hydraulic fracturing today in a move that ignores sound science and is a blow to constitutionally protected private property rights. The action came during a DRBC vote this morning, in which the Wolf administration voted for the ban and the Biden administration abstained […]

Just the Facts on Texas’ Deep Freeze

While political pundits and policy analysts investigate the causes of last week’s Texas energy freeze, it is important to recognize that, while all generation forms saw outages, natural gas provided for the majority of electricity generation. Both sides of the political aisle have been quick to place blame for the rolling blackouts, but the clear-cut […]

EPA Data: Power Sector Emissions Fall as Natural Gas Use Rises

The increasing use of natural gas in power generation  continues to drive U.S. greenhouse gas emissions downward, draft U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data indicates. Carbon dioxide emissions fell 8.4% between 2018-2019 “due to increasing electric power generation from natural gas,” the EPA said in the 2021 Draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This reflects an 11% […]

New “Frackalachia” Report as Poorly Crafted as Headline

The author, a playwright, admits “no math going on here” in deeply inaccurate so-called economic analysis  Despite a decade-plus record of supporting tens-of-thousands of jobs, bringing union halls to full employment, and driving community growth across the region, a recent report from a newly activist group – the Ohio River Valley Institute – claims natural gas development […]

What They’re Saying: Massive Natural Gas Tax Hike Threatens Recovery

Governor Wolf’s latest natural gas tax hike jeopardizes Pennsylvania jobs, threatens national security, stings families with higher energy costs, and further stalls our economic recovery, lawmakers from both parties and business leaders said. During his seventh annual budget address, the Governor again proposed a massive energy tax increase that, combined with the existing impact fee, […]

Natural Gas, Solar Power Pgh. Int’l Airport “Into the Future”

Natural gas and renewable energy sources will work in tandem to power the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), a local example of the nation’s changing electricity mix. Construction workers are installing the first solar panels for the airport’s innovative Microgrid Project, which is a two-fold power generation plan utilizing both natural gas and solar energy to […]

U.S. Dept. of Energy: Fracking Ban Jeopardizes Economic, Environmental and National Security Gains

A ban on hydraulic fracturing would effectively eliminate the national security and economic gains America has made over the last 15 years, in addition to driving up energy costs for consumers and reversing significant air quality progress achieved, a new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report warns. In “Economic and National Security Impacts under a […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Porter Wright

This week, we had the chance to learn more about Porter Wright and understand their work in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. Can you briefly tell us a little bit more about Porter Wright? Any unique facts? Porter Wright has been helping clients solve problems, navigate […]

Report: Natural Gas, Renewables Working in “Tandem”; Key to Achieving “Substantial Climate Goals”

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions last year were at their lowest levels in three decades, propelled by pandemic-induced economic lockdowns and structural changes in power generation, data released today reveals.   According Rhodium Group analysis, overall 2020 U.S. emissions were down 21% below 2005 levels, with those tied to the power sector 10.3% below the 2019 […]

Natural Gas Boosts Outlook, Opportunity for Pa. Farmers

The strong partnership between two leading economic sectors – natural gas and farming – will be spotlighted this week as the 105th Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off virtually. A key supporter of Pennsylvania agriculture, the growth of natural gas development supports the long-term sustainability, opportunity and outlook for family farmers across the region. Here are […]

Natural Gas Impact Tax Funds Pa.’s “Largest Single Investment” in Environmental Programs

Environmental programs have access to $34 million in new state grants largely funded through the state’s tax on natural gas development, the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced. Considered the “largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania’s history to address Pennsylvania’s critical environmental concerns,” about 50% of revenue allocated to Pa.’s Growing […]

2020 in Review: Year of Essential Energy, Resilience

What has been one of the most challenging years is drawing to a close, and while 2020 brought unique, unforeseen challenges, MSC’s members never missed a beat in helping our communities; producing, delivering, and generating essential, affordable energy; and advocating for an industry that delivers broadly shared benefits.    There are many accomplishments to be […]

Natural Gas “Indispensable” to Renewable Power Generation, Progressive Policy Institute Advises

Natural gas power generation is “indispensable” to the growth of renewable electricity generation, the Progressive Policy Institute advises in a new report. Providing an “instantly dispatchable” source of electricity, natural gas accelerates renewable energy growth and, moving forward, can be the key to decarbonizing the grid without disrupting reliability or hiking electricity costs for consumers, […]

VIDEO 📽️: American Energy Strength, Resilience in 2020

America’s second decade of energy leadership came as the world faced an unprecedented economic and public health crisis. But through it all, the natural gas industry – which employs tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians and supports small businesses across our communities – kept the lights on, delivered the necessary resources to make vital PPE, including […]

Report: Natural Gas Infrastructure Constraints Threaten California, New England Electricity Reliability

A lack of natural gas infrastructure in certain regions of the country could lead to electric reliability issues in the coming winter months, a new report by the North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) concludes. Despite America becoming the world’s top producer of natural gas and oil – which has provided consumers with a steady […]

All Four Pa. Corners Share in Shale’s Benefits

As the 2nd largest producer of natural gas in the country, nearly a quarter of the United States’ total production is produced in Pennsylvania – an achievement that has positively changed the economic landscape of the region. While a majority of natural gas production occurs in the Southwestern and Northeastern parts of the state, the […]

Pennsylvanians @ the Polls: Natural Gas is Essential to Our Communities

While political pundits dissect this election, one theme is clear: Natural gas is an essential part of Pennsylvania’s communities and a motivating issue for voters. If this election tells us anything, it’s that Pennsylvanians broadly support commonsense, energy policies that move our economy and environment forward.   “If someone in your family makes their living […]

EIA: Natural Gas Propels Electric Power CO2 Emissions to 30-Year Low

U.S. energy-related carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions from large sources fell again in 2019, continuing a decade-long downward trend driven primarily by the shift to clean natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and Environmental Protection Agency conclude in two recently released reports. Total energy-sector emissions, which include transportation, electric power, industrial and […]

MSC Member Spotlight: McKim & Creed

This week, we had the chance to learn more about McKim & Creed and understand their work in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. Can you briefly tell us a little bit about McKim & Creed? How many years in business? How many staff? McKim & Creed […]

Halloween without natural gas? Now that would be spooky!

Whether it’s the pieces of candy that fill Trick-Or-Treat bags, the masks worn at costume parties, or even the decorations that turn homes into spooky haunted houses, everything we love about Halloween is made possible by natural gas. Without it, October 31st would be a whole lot scarier.

In Pennsylvania, Natural Gas is Key

As President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden traverse Pennsylvania seeking the state’s 20 electoral votes prize, voters across the Commonwealth are clear: natural gas is important to our communities. From small businesses to elected leaders, voters are proud Pennsylvania produces the clean natural gas that’s moving our economy and environment forward.   But […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

This week, we sat down with Andy Bockis of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP to learn more about his career path as well as how the firm supports companies in the energy space. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. Can you briefly tell us about Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, […]

Natural Gas, Renewables Partners for Clean Energy Growth

The shared benefits of natural gas extend well beyond a round-the-clock, affordable power supply. Although typically gone unnoticed, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) shape nearly everything we touch, see and rely on. Last week, the Department of Energy released an updated report underscoring those similar themes: that natural gas and natural gas liquids […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Flex Energy Solutions

This week we sit down with Christine Dermody of Flex Energy Solutions, an alternative energy provider of reliable, clean power and waste heat recovery for commercial and industrial sites. Tell us about Flex Energy Solutions and your key business objectives. Flex Energy Solutions is an alternative energy provider of reliable, clean power and waste heat […]

U.S. DoE Report: Natural Gas, Oil Essential to “Our Quality of Life”

Natural gas and oil provide energy security and is essential to America’s economic growth, addressing climate change, and creating the products our modern lives depend on, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) concluded in a major report released this week.    At the heart of the report, “U.S. Oil and Natural Gas: Providing Energy Security […]

Mayor’s Divestment Pledge is Political, Fiscally Irresponsible

Mayor’s Divestment Pledge is Political, Fiscally Irresponsible While clean natural gas is broadly viewed as a safe, reliable, and affordable energy source – in addition to the local industry providing hundreds of thousands good paying union jobs across the Commonwealth – Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto continues to throw politics into places where they don’t belong. […]

Shale Insight 2020: Nat Gas Drives Economic Growth; Creates Life’s Most Essential Products; Key to Sustained Environmental Progress

There’s a “new season of economic development” for natural gas on the horizon, Steve Winberg, Assistant U.S. Secretary for Fossil Energy, said during the 10th annual SHALE INSIGHTTM conference this week. “We must keep making innovation the cornerstone of our strategy and we must firmly oppose those who would replace our policies with programs that […]

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 […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Beveridge & Diamond

This week we spoke with Beveridge & Diamond, the largest law firm in the U.S. that specializes in all aspects of environmental law and litigation. Tell us about Beveridge & Diamond and where the firm specializes. Environmental law is what we do.  Our law firm is the first and largest law firm in the United […]

Natural Gas Production, Consumption Rise; Methane Emissions, Air Pollutants Decline

Ahead of expected EPA regulatory action this week, critical air pollutants and methane emissions tied to natural gas production continue to decline, state and federal data shows, as more clean, domestic natural gas is produced and consumed. Since 1990, methane emissions from natural gas and oil systems declined 23.2%, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

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 […]