Brookings Report: Driven by Shale Development, Pittsburgh Tops U.S. Economic Recovery Charts

Despite the lingering economic challenges our nation faces, particularly as it relates to job growth, following one of the sharpest recessions in a generation, the greater Pittsburgh region is strong and growing stronger, according to a recently released Brookings Institution analysis. In its report, which analyzed such economic indicators as employment growth and GDP per […]

New MIT Study Reinforces Environmental Effectiveness of Natural Gas Development

This week, yet another study was released underscoring the environmental effectiveness of onshore natural gas production specific to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). While some detractors of safe, tightly-regulated American natural gas development continue to lodge unfounded claims about this process — based on shoddy, widely panned data — the facts continue to speak for themself. […]

What They’re Saying: Natural Gas Creating “Significant” Environmental Benefits, Sparking “a Manufacturing Renaissance”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The clear, undeniable environmental and economic benefits tied to the safe development of clean-burning American natural gas continue to cascade across our region – as well as throughout local, national and international news outlets. Here’s what they’re saying about the responsible development of job-creating shale gas, which is Powering an American Renaissance: […]

Marcellus-Related Benefits Expanding Across Philadelphia Region

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The safe, tightly-regulated development of clean-burning domestic natural gas is “firing up an old-fashioned American industrial revival,” strengthening “America’s role in the world,” and putting Pennsylvania on a path toward becoming an “American energy superpower,” all while “saving U.S. consumers billions” in more affordable energy costs. These positive benefits continue to take […]

ICYMI: Shale Gas “Firing up an Old-Fashioned American Industrial Revival,” “Saving U.S. Consumers Billions”

TD Report: Growth in Shale Gas Saving U.S. Consumers Billions By Lauren Krugel, Canadian Press November 15, 2012 Growing U.S. shale gas output means billions in cost savings for residential and industrial consumers, according to a report by TD Bank released Thursday. Technological advances have unlocked enormous supplies of natural gas from rock formations across […]

What They’re Saying: American Natural Gas Powering Economic Progress, Job Creation

Pittsburgh, Pa.– The safe, tightly-regulated development of America’s clean-burning natural gas resources continues to provide broad benefits, ranging from job creation, strengthened energy security, and a cleaner environment. Taken together, this development is Powering an American Renaissance.  Here’s what they’re saying: U.S. Energy Renaissance “Redrawing the Global Energy Map”: “North America is at the forefront […]

Support for American Natural Gas Broad, Growing

Given the clear benefits associated with natural gas — more jobs, a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and strengthened energy security — it’s no surprise that the American people, especially those across Appalachia, continue to show broad support for the safe development of this abundant, job-creating resource. In fact, a recent Siena College poll — […]

Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles Gaining Steam

Pa. Rep. Saylor Receives National Recognition for CNG Leadership As this year’s presidential election has come to close, and the political season passes, now is the time for our elected officials to come together and work collectively towards common sense solutions toward meeting our nation’s growing challenges — job creation and energy security, chief among […]

Just The Facts: “Outspoken Opponent” of Marcellus Shale Continues Misinformation Campaign

Pittsburgh, Pa. – State representative Jesse White – an “outspoken opponent” of safe, tightly-regulated, clean-burning American natural gas development – has doubled-down on his misguided public relations efforts. In his latest salvo, Mr. White claims that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) “developed a specialized computer-code system to manipulate the test results for residents […]

Marcellus Shale Producers Ensure Environmental, Worker Safety Throughout Hurricane Sandy

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The damage, personal loss and strife facing communities across the eastern seaboard in the days after Hurricane Sandy will not be fully measured for months – if ever. And while recovery efforts continue to move forward and families work to rebuild their livelihoods, Pennsylvania’s natural gas producers have taken exhaustive measures aimed […]

Clean-Burning Natural Gas a “Golden Opportunity” for America

From bolstering private sector job growth to generating substantial tax and fee revenues, and increasing the safe production and use of clean-burning natural gas all while making progressive environmental strides — the natural gas industry is unleashing innovative strategies that, taken together, are Powering an American Renaissance. In fact, a recent AOL Energy article highlights […]

Global Eyes Remain on Pa.’s Mighty Marcellus Shale

The safe, tightly-regulated development of Pennsylvania’s job-creating natural gas resources from the Marcellus Shale continues to have a global reach. In fact, following last week’s front-page Wall Street Journal story about the positive impact Marcellus Shale natural gas development continues to have on our region’s manufacturing base, the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper details how America’s […]

New IHS Study: American Shale Gas Boosting Job Creation

A new IHS study released yesterday focuses on the job-creating impact associated with the safe development of unconventional oil and natural gas in the United States. According the researchers, this tightly-regulated production supports more than 1.7 million U.S. jobs today, with that amount growing to a projected 3 million jobs by the end of the […]

Marcellus Shale Reserves Continue to Grow, Helping to “Power an American Renaissance”

Over the weekend, the Associated Press took a detailed look at new data and research available related to the Marcellus Shale, “the biggest natural gas field in the country.” This from the AP story under the headline “Reports: Marcellus reserves larger than expected”: One of the reports adds that the Marcellus reserves that lie below […]

What They’re Saying About Pa.’s Marcellus Shale Gas Impact Fees

Yesterday, Gov. Tom Corbett along with Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) officials announced the disbursements from the recently enacted bipartisan natural gas impact fee for local and county governments across the Commonwealth. On its website, PUC has a detailed breakdown of the disbursements. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) issues this statement and MSC president Kathryn […]

Marcellus Shale Creating “New Economic Opportunity” for the Region

Earlier this week, a natural gas-fired power plant project in Bradford Co. received clearance to move forward from the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection. More on that announcement and the project, which will create 500 jobs, here. The Marcellus Shale natural gas-fired power plant – which “will be powerful enough to light up nearly 800,000 […]

Off And Running: Pa. Approves Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant

Pennsylvania consumers, and our region’s economy, received some very exciting news yesterday. The Pennsylvania “Department of Environmental Protection today issued an air quality plan approval to Moxie Liberty LLC of Vienna, Va., for construction of the first power plant in Pennsylvania to run on natural gas, including gas from the Marcellus Shale,” according to a […]

New PwC Study: Safe Development of U.S. Shale Gas Bolstering Manufacturing

A new PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study, released yesterday, highlights and further underscores the critical role that low-cost, clean-burning American natural gas continues to play in bolstering our nation’s manufacturing sector. Here are key excerpts from the PwC study, entitled “Shale gas: Reshaping the US chemicals industry”: In a recent PwC report on the potential impact of […]

What Newspapers Are Saying About Clean-Burning Natural Gas

Over the past few days, newspapers from across the region, and the world, have underscored the clear and undeniable economic and environmental benefits associated with the safe development of clean-burning natural gas. Here’s what they’re saying: Bloomberg: The U.S. has almost three times as much recoverable natural gas as the government estimates, enough to place […]

Marcellus Shale Coalition Technology Showcase a Success

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) SHALE GAS INSIGHT™ 2012 Conference was held on September 20-21, in Philadelphia, PA. The MSC, through its Research Collaborative Committee and assisted by the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center, convened a Technology Showcase on September 19, which was among a slate of pre-conference activities. […]

Compressed Natural Gas Taking Root Across the U.S.

As more clean-burning American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale and other formations is safely produced, governors from both political parties across the United States are implementing common sense policies aimed at leveraging these abundant, affordable, domestic resources to fuel our nation’s transportation needs. Here’s a rundown of some of the recent progress on this […]

New Marcellus Pipeline, Processing Project Strengthens Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Connection

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia faithful will be cheering for their respective teams next Sunday when the Eagles battle the Steelers at Heinz Field. As history has shown, there will be plenty of good-spirited banter in the run-up to the game (and afterwards) from both corners of the Commonwealth. And while there’s a clear split across Pennsylvania […]

Learn About Shale Launched in Philadelphia

On the final day of last week’s Shale Gas Insight conference last week in Philadelphia, natural gas industry leaders were joined by key government and business organization officials to launch Learn About Shale. The initiative – a true community conversation – will build upon the MSC’s earlier Ask About Shale effort, which gathered a broad […]

New Marcellus Shale Fee “Yields Higher-Than-Expected Revenue”

This week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) released impact fee revenue generated from unconventional natural gas wells through December 2011, exceeding projections by almost $25 million. The nearly $206 million in new revenue, as laid out in Act 13, is directed to the commonwealth and the 37 counties and nearly 1,500 municipalities where natural […]

Marcellus Shale’s Positive Impact Cascades Across the Region

While the Marcellus Shale – considered to potentially be the world’s second largest natural gas – does not underlie southeastern Pennsylvania, safe, tightly-regulated natural gas production continues to have a cascading impact across the entire Commonwealth – and beyond. For small businesses and consumers – struggling in the face of continued economic hardships and historic […]

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 […]