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 […]

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 […]