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% […]

A Clean Energy Economy Starts with Natural Gas

Natural gas is a vital component in supporting the growth of our nation’s clean energy economy, MSC’s David Spigelmyer testified during a House hearing earlier today. Spigelmyer urged the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship to think of natural gas as they consider how to support small business innovation for […]

MSC Member Spotlight: Moody and Associates, Inc.

The MSC recently spoke with Jeff Walentosky, President and CEO of Moody and Associates Inc., an environmental consulting firm founded in 1891, 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. Can you tell us a little bit […]

Pa. Natural Gas Impact Tax an Overwhelming Success, Driving Revenue to Communities

Pennsylvania’s unique tax on natural gas, the impact fee, is working as designed, directly benefitting Butler County and all 67 counties, local leaders confirmed during an event last week. The event at Butler County’s Alameda Park, where impact fee revenues will be used to upgrade the playground this fall, featured remarks from the Butler County […]

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 […]