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

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 […]

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 […]

Natural Gas Development Pushes the U.S. Towards a Clean Future

As environmental activists become increasingly vocal in their push to ban further development of natural gas, it is important to understand that natural gas produced in the Marcellus Shale and other regions of America is actually playing a critically important role in helping the United States reduce carbon emissions, not increase them. According to the […]

Key Facts About Post-Gazette’s Latest Stories

In its ongoing efforts to spread fear and misinformation about safe, strongly regulated American natural gas development, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published several weekend stories that omitted key facts, context and data. The two stories – one focused on assertions about natural gas (study 1) and another on claims about agriculture and transportation (study 2) – […]

Member Spotlight: Endeavor Professional Services

Last week, we spoke with Endeavor Professional Services’ Cody Cogan to learn about the firm and how it serves the oil and gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you give a brief introduction to Endeavor and the work you all do? Endeavor is a full service, […]

Report: Pennsylvania a leader in U.S. natural gas production growth

Recent news has shed light on the United States’ success in becoming the world’s No. 1 oil and natural gas producing country. This is certainly something the MSC and its member companies take great pride in, and Pennsylvania deserves credit for its significant contribution to the nation’s growing production of clean, affordable natural gas.  A […]

Giving Thanks

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, we’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on the economic, environmental and national security progress made possible by clean-burning American natural gas. Here are just a few of the many ways that abundant and affordable natural gas is moving America forward. U.S. Energy Security: […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Steptoe & Johnson

We recently spoke with Steptoe & Johnson’s Kristian White and Britt Freund to learn about the firm and how it serves the oil and gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you give a brief introduction to Steptoe & Johnson and your work? Kristian: Steptoe & Johnson […]

Ten Years of MSC: A Decade of Collaboration and Success

In just ten years, America’s energy outlook has positively transformed. Thanks to shale, the U.S. is the world’s top natural gas and oil producer and, for the first time since the Eisenhower administration, America is a net energy exporter. During that time, America has transitioned to a global energy powerhouse, domestic manufacturing is on the […]

Fed Chairman Affirms “Fracking Bans” Would Cause Severe Economic Pain

A “fracking ban,” as some politicians have supported, would be devastating for America’s economy and reverse positive environmental progress, local and national leaders across the aisle recently confirmed.   “I think to shut down the shale industry, yeah, that would probably not be a good thing for the economy,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testified before the Joint Economic Committee Wednesday.    […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Mirage Mar·Com

Last week, we spoke with Curt Brooks of Mirage Mar·Com to learn about the firm and how it serves the oil and gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. To start, could you give a brief introduction to Mirage Mar·Com? Mirage Mar·Com was founded in 1988. Today, we’re are a […]

Labor, Business, Elected Leaders Unite in Support of Energy Development, Manufacturing

What unites labor, business groups, Democrats, and Republicans in Western Pennsylvania? Energy and the generational opportunity to grow good-paying manufacturing jobs critical to a thriving middle class. Remarks from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto last week to halt future development of petrochemical manufacturing facilities across the region drew swift response from a diverse set of voices […]

Families, Manufacturers Save Billions Annually Thanks to Domestic Natural Gas Development

American consumers are saving billions of dollars annually thanks to domestic natural gas production, two recently released studies confirmed. The separate reports from the White House Council of Economic Advisors and ShaleCrescent USA attribute savings to the significant growth in domestic natural gas production – the majority of which has taken place in the Appalachia […]

MSC Member Spotlight: WSP

Last week, we spoke with Patrick McKone of WSP to learn about the firm and how it serves the oil and gas industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q: To start, could you give a brief introduction to WSP? We’re one of the better kept secrets of the Marcellus Shale Coalition! Our […]

SHALE INSIGHT™ Focuses on Region’s Energy Opportunity

President Trump: “You’ve helped make America the number one producer of oil and gas. Number one by far.” With clean, American natural gas, our economy is stronger, our nation more secure, manufacturing is on the march, and the U.S. is a global clean air leader, President Trump said during headline remarks during the ninth annual […]

Five Can’t-Miss Events at SHALE INSIGHT™ 2019

Celebrating its 9th year, SHALE INSIGHT™ returns to Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center next week. One of the leading conferences on American energy development, the event will feature the engaging panels, innovative technologies and top-notch networking opportunities that participants have come to value, as well as a few exciting original aspects—including keynote remarks from […]

MSC Member Spotlight: McGuireWoods

Last week, we spoke with Megan Haines of McGuireWoods to learn about the firm and its energy disputes practice. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. Tell us about McGuireWoods and more specifically the energy disputes practice. McGuireWoods is a full-service, Am Law 50 firm with approximately 1,100 lawyers in 21 offices […]

No Known Environmental Causes of Rare Childhood Cancer Form, State Health Experts, Doctors Say

Ewing’s sarcoma expert with UPMC to lead new genetics research into the rare disease form An analysis of cancer data in Washington County and the Canon-McMillan School District does not show incidence rates of Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer, consistently and statistically higher than the rest of the state, top Pennsylvania health officials and […]

Exponential Growth of Natural Gas Contained in Appalachian Basin, USGS Report

Report confirms long-term opportunity to develop clean, affordable natural gas. Estimates of natural gas held in the Appalachian Basin have sharply increased from 2 Tcf in 2002 to 214 Tcf today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s updated analysis. This significant increase from previous projections in 2011 and 2012, which estimated 84 trillion cubic feet […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC)

Last week, we spoke with Lauren Parker and Emily Chiodo of Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) to learn about the company and the wide array of services it provides for the Marcellus energy industry. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q. Tell us about CEC. LP: We are a nationwide engineering […]

Pa. Natural Gas Tax Works for NEPA & SWPA Communities Alike

“There was a lot of wisdom that went into the creation of Act 13.” -Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax is a winning policy solution that is directly improving communities around the Commonwealth, said local leaders in Washington and Wyoming Counties recently. Yesterday, elected officials and members of the natural gas community […]

Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Jeopardizes Environmental Progress, Devastating to Pa. Economy

For more than a decade, natural gas development has generated unprecedented opportunities to provide sustainable and broad-based economic and environmental benefits to our region and the nation. A few politicians, however, have proposed to ban the safe technological process of hydraulic fracturing. As the candidates continue to push this misguided, dangerous policy, voters, elected officials, […]

Water Monitoring Report Finds No Discernible Impacts from Natural Gas Development

Natural gas development has had no discernable impact on water quality in the Susquehanna River Basin, according to a recent continuous water monitoring report. These findings are significant—the Basin is a key drinking water resource just west of the Delaware River and home to thousands of unconventional natural gas wells that are safely producing American energy.   […]

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% […]