What The Presidential Campaigns Are Saying About American Natural Gas

With only 61 days until the upcoming presidential election, voters across America are sharpening their focus on President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney’s campaigns, their policies, and respective visions for our nation’s future. Despite the many differences, both candidates and their parties are touting the key role that America’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources […]

KPMG Research Highlights Commonsense Water Management Efforts Across the Marcellus Shale

A new KPMG analysis released this week – entitled “Watered-Down: Minimizing Water Risks in Shale Gas and Oil Drilling” – highlights the commonsense practices and technologies related to natural gas development from the Marcellus Shale aimed at ensuring water quality and the environment are protected and kept safe. Interestingly, while some continue to suggest that […]

New Study: Clean-Burning Natural Gas Key to New York City’s Future

A new ICF International study – available here – was released yesterday, commissioned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, focused on the inherent benefits tied to the expanded use of clean-burning American natural gas. Commenting on the study’s findings, Mayor Bloomberg said “Natural gas is a low-cost, low-emissions fuel that makes good economic and […]

Natural Gas Production Up, CO2 Emissions Down

Last week, the Associated Press reports – under the headline “CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low” – that “In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is…cheap […]

Driven By American Natural Gas, the Rust Belt Rebounds

The safe, responsible, tightly-regulated development of the Marcellus Shale’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources has “helped bring in jobs and boost demand for office space in [Pittsburgh], Pennsylvania’s second-biggest city.” That’s according to a Bloomberg News report today, which reports that Marcellus Shale development “is driving wage, job and population growth” across southwestern Pennsylvania. Here […]

National Experts: Shale Gas Key to America’s Transportation Future

A recent draft report issued by the National Petroleum Council (NPC) suggests that natural gas from shale formations can and will continue to play a critical role in our nation’s transportation future. According to the report — available in full here — “the potential for a long-term and low-cost domestic supply of natural gas, supported […]

Head of the Class: Marcellus Poised to be Top U.S. Natural Gas-Producing Formation

Under the headline “Marcellus will be the nation’s No. 1 producer,” the Associated Press reports this over the weekend: The Marcellus Shale is about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States, according to new data from energy industry analysts and the federal government. Though serious drilling began only five years […]

New Survey: Western PA’s Natural Gas-Producing Communities Overwhelming Support Marcellus Shale

Safe, tightly-regulated, job-creating Marcellus Shale development is supported by a clear majority of western Pennsylvania communities where natural gas production actually occurs. That was among the key findings in the recently released Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life Survey, “the most extensive survey of the residents of Greater Pittsburgh since the historic Pittsburgh Survey was published […]

Long Overdue, EPA Finally Clears Dimock’s Water

Yesterday, after months and months of back-and-forth and wrangling over unfounded claims, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to its press release, “determined that there are not levels of contaminants present [in Dimock, Pa.] that would require additional action by the Agency.” The agency also notes that it “has no further plans to conduct additional […]

Accountability: The Associated Press Digs Deep on Shale Gas Facts

Our industry, as clearly laid out in our Guiding Principles, encourages a “spirited public dialogue and fact-based education about responsible shale gas development.” As the saying goes, facts are awfully stubborn things. On the important issue of ensuring that facts – not hyperbole or scare tactics – underpin our ongoing and collective debate about safe, […]

What They’re Saying: Supply Chain Recommended Practice Focused on “Helping Local Businesses Expand, Hire”

Last week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a supply chain Recommended Practice focused on further bolstering small- and medium-sized businesses across the region, which play an increasingly critical role in the safe development of clean-burning, job-creating American natural gas. With the national jobless claims once again on the rise, as CNBC reports today, these […]

Shale Gas “Boosting U.S. Economy,” Leading to American “Energy Sufficiency”

The overwhelmingly clear and undeniable benefits of safe, responsible American natural gas development from shale formations – such as the Marcellus Shale, potentially the second largest natural gas field in the entire world – are highlighted in two must read national news stories today. This from the USA Today under the headline “Domestic energy supplies […]

Leveraging Marcellus Shale Natural Gas to Power Our Cars…and Rigs

There continues to be a great deal of national debate about how best to strengthen America’s energy security and provide consumers with more access to affordable energy while also identifying ways to protect our environment. Across the Appalachia, the Marcellus Shale continues to provide real solutions to all of these pressing challenges. Using more clean-burning […]

American Natural Gas is Helping to Save the Economy

The enormous benefits of safe, responsible, tightly-regulated American natural gas development cannot be denied. This fact is proof positive. Indeed, several columns this week further underscore how “Shale extraction represents one of the most important developments for the economy in the last 60 years. It’s pushing down energy prices and creating many new opportunities for […]

Top UN Official: Shale Gas Key to Cutting GHGs, Protecting Forests, Helping the Poor

Without question, safely produced abundant, clean-burning natural gas is helping to drive economic growth and spur job creation while also protecting our environment. This fact was reinforced by the co-head of a United Nations (UN) sustainable energy program this week during a global development meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Reuters reports: Natural gas, including […]

By The Numbers: Unconventional Natural Gas Powering U.S. Economy

Just one-in-five Americans is “satisfied with the way things are going in the United States,” according to Gallup data published yesterday, and the economy and unemployment are “still viewed as most important problems” facing our nation. Yet despite our nation’s ongoing economic challenges, IHS Inc., “one of the leading economic analysis and forecasting firms in […]

New Pitt Study Outlines Marcellus Shale Supply Chain Opportunities

In no uncertain terms, a positive economic and job creating impact is cascading across the region tied directly to the responsible development of clean-burning American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. While the industry is helping to create tens of jobs for thousands for Pennsylvanians, the overwhelmingly majority of jobs being created are not at […]

Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly, and Clean Energy, Love

Last week, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) hosted a forum in Philadelphia aimed at examining a host of issues surrounding the expanded use of alternative fuel vehicles, including compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) technologies. Without question, Pennsylvania – and the greater Philadelphia region specifically – is well-positioned to leverage the Marcellus […]

New Study: Methane Emissions 50% Less Than EPA Estimates

Yesterday, a major URS Corp. and The LEVON Group study was released, underscoring the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wildly overestimated methane emission calculations — by 50 percent — associated with natural gas development and the well completion, or hydraulic fracturing, process. Jointly prepared for the American Petroleum Institute (API) and America’s […]

Economists: The Shale Gas Revolution is Revitalizing America’s Manufacturing Economy

At a summit hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland this week, leading economists discussed the future of the manufacturing economy in the United States, including the indicators that are required to sustain growth for years to come. At the top of the list? Energy, specifically, the emergence of clean, cheap and abundant supplies […]

Pa. to Fed. Govt.: We’re Doing Our Job in Tightly Regulating Energy Development

This week, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing to discuss the role of federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing and natural gas development in the United States.  And while committee members and panelists varied in their positions, one resounding fact was clear: The safe development of America’s natural gas supply is pivotal to the health […]

Natural Gas Production Quadruples in Pennsylvania, Thanks to Marcellus Shale

This week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released a report on the extraordinary natural gas production occurring in Pennsylvania. The reason? Thanks to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, natural gas producers have been able to tap into the immense natural gas resources of the Marcellus shale, providing clean-burning energy for the nation, while stimulating job […]

Natural Gas Industry, Labor, Job-Creators Rally for “American Energy, American Jobs”

As the region’s expanding natural gas industry continues to create more jobs, safely produce more clean-burning American energy for consumers, and works to ensure that our environment is safeguarded, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) representatives joined labor, manufacturing and economic development officials, as well as members of the General Assembly, on Monday of this week to […]

Welcome to MarcellusCoalition.org 3.0

Welcome to the new and improved online home of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC). Over the past few months we’ve been working to improve this website with a few goals in mind: making it more user friendly, optimizing the search function, and adding a few new components that our members felt would be beneficial in […]