U.S. Energy Production, Consumption Hit Record High in 2018: EIA

As American oil and natural gas production soared in 2018, consumption and exports of domestic energy reached record highs, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week. According to the federal agency, U.S. energy production in 2018 increased 8% from the year prior: “This increase in production outpaced the 4% increase in U.S. energy […]

ICYMI: Appalachian Basin’s methane emissions fall despite increase in gas production (Tribune-Review)

As Pennsylvania natural gas production soars, methane emissions have plummeted, according to recent federal data reported in the Tribune-Review. EPA’s inventory released last month shows greenhouse gas emissions “were at their lowest level in 25 years and methane emissions in particular are down 18.8% since 1990,” the newspaper reports. While methane emissions have fallen, the […]

This Earth Day, Celebrate Natural Gas

Earth Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the meaningful environmental progress made possible through the production and use of clean, abundant American natural gas. As Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler told the SHALE INSIGHT audience in October, thanks to natural gas, “we are the global leader in clear air progress.” For the tens […]

MSC Member Profile: Shale Development Propels Central Pennsylvania Engineering Firm into National Player

“I’ve got to be part of that,” top Dawood leader says of America’s shale revolution. As part of MSC’s Member Profile series, we recently sat down with Jim Rodgers and Nick Brien of Dawood, a central Pennsylvania-based engineering firm that’s seized the opportunity of the shale revolution to grow into a national firm. This interview […]

Nuclear Bailout to Burden Consumers, Cost Job-Creating Investment

Passing a bailout of the nuclear industry threatens Pennsylvania’s business environment and will burden consumers, MSC’s David Spigelmyer testified during a senate hearing earlier this week. Spigelmyer, who will testify before a House committee on Monday, urged the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee to stay true to free market principles, arguing that the […]

President Trump’s Executive Orders Advance American Energy Dominance

Pennsylvania’s energy job-creators joined manufacturers and top building trades union leaders, among others, to applaud President Trump’s signing yesterday of two executive orders that will help expand and modernize America’s energy infrastructure. The Executive Orders are expected to streamline federal permitting and ease unnecessary regulatory roadblocks for new pipeline construction and LNG export terminals. Joining […]

Top Medical Experts: “No Known Lifestyle or Environmental Causes” for Rare Childhood Cancer

***APRIL 24, 2019 UPDATE*** Following an investigation into instances of Ewing Sarcoma in Washington County, the Pennsylvania Department of Health concluded “incidence rates for the Ewing’s family of tumors and childhood cancers in Washington County and Canon-McMillan School District were not consistently and statistically significantly higher than expected.” Click HERE to access the full DOH […]

Beaver Co. Commissioner Testifies Before Congress: “Energy Drives Our Economy”

Thanks to natural gas development, Beaver County can be “proud of our past, but confident in our energy future,” Dan Camp, chairman of the Beaver County Board of Commissioners testified today before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. Camp, the youngest county chairman in Pennsylvania, highlighted the economic benefits that natural […]

U.S. Energy Abundance Saves Thousands of Lives Annually

Tens-of-thousands of lives are saved annually as a result of access to affordable, reliable energy, according to a new National Bureau of Economic Research analysis. The working paper released earlier this month by the national, non-partisan research center examines how the price of home heating affects mortality in the U.S. Residential natural gas savings – […]

IHS Report: Appalachian Natural Gas to Supply 45% of U.S. Production by 2040

Marcellus and Utica shale gas production is expected to increase exponentially – “almost as much as the entire U.S. produced 10 years ago” – over the next two decades, driving petrochemical manufacturing growth within the Appalachian basin, according to a new study from IHS Markit. Natural gas production from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio will […]

Labor Leaders, Legislators Call for Energy Infrastructure Expansion

Labor leaders, a bipartisan group of lawmakers and leaders within the energy industry gathered in Harrisburg on Tuesday for a Capitol news conference highlighting the safety, economic benefit, and consumer need for a robust energy pipeline network. Pennsylvania’s energy industry has a $44 billion economic impact, supports 322,600 jobs and generates $23 billion in wages, […]

Pa. Leads Nation in Clean, Affordable Natural Gas Power Generation Growth

Pennsylvania accounted for one-quarter of the growth in highly efficient, clean natural gas power generation last year, according to new federal data released this morning. In fact, more than 60 percent of the electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. in 2018 was fueled by clean, domestic natural gas. Specifically, facilities like Tenaska’s Westmoreland Generating […]

International Energy Agency Chief: “Huge Expectations Around the World” for U.S. LNG

As the world’s top oil and natural gas producer, energy exports strengthen the U.S. economy and geopolitical standing across the globe. Earlier this week, Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, touted his great expectations for U.S. natural gas – made possible by shale development – and its potential impact on the global […]

Pa.’s Top Environmental Regulator: Natural Gas Improves Air Quality, Further Progress to Come

The increased production and use of local natural gas have already allowed Pennsylvania to meet key environmental goals, but there’s additional opportunity for clean air progress as more natural gas is used in power generation and transportation, the state’s environmental protection secretary said during a budget hearing this week. During testimony at a House budget […]

NYC Suburb Can’t Expand Natural Gas Access. Is Gov. Cuomo to Blame?

Westchester County is “in a panic” as residents, small businesses, schools and hospitals can’t access the natural gas needed to power their economy. Bloomberg News reported Friday that natural gas supply constraints could “grind” development – specifically construction of 16,000 new homes and 2 million square feet of retail and commercial space – in the […]

Radio Recap: Natural Gas a “Winner for the Region”

Natural gas is driving manufacturing job growth, consumer savings, and clean air progress, all “winners for the region,” MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during radio interviews across the Commonwealth this week. Here’s a few key highlights from radio row:   On a Generational Manufacturing Opportunity “We’ve got a petrochemical facility being built in the west that […]

Pa.’s Existing Natural Gas Tax Funds Infrastructure, Environmental Programs

Instead of promoting the infrastructure, housing and environmental initiatives funded with revenues from Pennsylvania’s existing tax on natural gas, Governor Wolf is visiting communities to push a massive energy tax increase that will burden consumers and cost jobs. The governor’s latest energy tax increase, part of the “Restore Pennsylvania” plan, would levy a tax top […]

Pennsylvanians Stay Warm with Affordable Natural Gas During Brutal Cold Snap

As temperatures plunge across the region, Pennsylvanians are keeping warm with affordable, reliable natural gas. More than half of Pennsylvania households turn to natural gas for home heating, according to federal data. And, thanks to record natural gas production, consumers across the Commonwealth are realizing meaningful energy savings. During a recent interview with WHP 580’s […]

IFO: Annual Natural Gas Impact Fee Revenues to Hit Record High

Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas – the impact fee – will likely generate a record $247 million in new revenue this year, according to a recent Independent Fiscal Office report. The nonpartisan agency’s estimate exceeds the 2017 total revenues by $37.4 million and puts the tax on track to generate nearly $1.7 billion since its […]

Report: Marcellus, Utica Shale Plays Drive Domestic Natural Gas Production Growth

Domestic natural gas production and use – especially in power generation and manufacturing – will expand significantly over the next three decades, the federal Energy Information Administration reported today. The agency projects in its 2019 Annual Energy Outlook that natural gas will experience the largest production increase of all fossil fuels, with the Marcellus and […]

Pa. Natural Gas Tax Revenue Partially Funds $7.5+ Million in Environmental Projects

Tax revenue from Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, combined with royalties from energy development on state lands, is a critical funding source for the state’s Environmental Stewardship Fund and its Growing Greener program.   Over the past month, the Department of Environmental Protection has awarded nearly $8 million in Growing Greener grants in support of more […]

Pa. Produced Energy Drives High-Tech Manufacturing Job Growth

Energy development is giving rise to Pennsylvania’s next manufacturing chapter, fueling a wave of high-tech jobs and economic growth in communities across the Commonwealth. As the nation’s second largest natural gas producing state, Pennsylvania manufacturers can leverage low-cost, abundant natural gas feedstocks into a competitive advantage. In Beaver County, for example, along the banks of […]

2019 Outlook: Steady Energy Growth to Drive Pa. Economic Expansion, Environmental Progress

Pennsylvania is blessed with an enormous energy advantage that gives our region the ability to compete and win economically, grow good-paying local jobs and improve our environment, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during a series of year-end press interviews. “We’ve gone from a period of cautious optimism to now living an energy renaissance,” Spigelmyer told the […]

Energy Companies Donate, Give Back This Holiday Season

Many of our member companies and their locally based employees donate, give back and volunteer in communities across Pennsylvania this holiday season. We’re proud of these efforts and to share a handful of examples of our members making a difference in the community:

“Keep it in the Ground” Activism Costs Economic Growth, Union Jobs

Environmental extremism that’s blocked or delayed key energy infrastructure projects has caused more than $90 billion in lost economic growth nationwide, according to a report released this week from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The first-of-its-kind analysis calculates the economic losses stemming from 15 critical energy infrastructure projects around the country that have been the […]

Natural Gas Should Have Starring Role in ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Documentary

Those who tuned in to the “Paris to Pittsburgh” documentary didn’t get to learn about the critical role clean, Pennsylvania-produced natural gas plays in strengthening our air. Strange, isn’t it, that the single largest fuel driving global climate progress wasn’t mentioned in this so-called documentary? The economic, environmental, and national security progress being made with […]

U.S. Becomes Net Oil, Fuels Exporter Thanks to Shale Abundance

The United States exported more oil than it imported last week for the first time since 1975, boosting American energy security and independence. Exports totaled 211,000 barrels per day for the week, a record high, according to Energy Information Administration data. This monumental feat, unimaginable just a decade ago, has been attributed to the incredible growth […]

DOE Report: Appalachia ‘Energy Hub’ Would Spur Manufacturing, Job Creation

Turning the Appalachian region into America’s next ‘energy hub’ would drive job-creation across the economy and greatly expand regional manufacturing, a federal government report issued this week concluded. The region’s natural gas liquids (NGL) abundance provides manufacturers with a key competitive advantage, according to the Department of Energy’s Ethane Storage and Distribution Hub in the […]

Appalachian Basin Drives U.S. Oil & Gas Reserves to Record High

Pennsylvania saw the largest increase in proved natural gas reserves, the federal government reported last week, as total U.S. oil and natural gas reserves surged to record highs in 2017. U.S. proved oil and natural gas reserves – which refer to the best estimate of oil/gas that can be extracted given current technology and economic environment […]

Top 5 Natural Gas Benefits We’re Thankful For

Thanksgiving is a time to gather, celebrate and share our appreciation with family and friends. This year, we have much to be grateful for, including the clean, domestic natural gas that’s moving us forward. Here’s the top 5 natural gas benefits we’re all thankful for: Clean Air Progress The United States continues to realize major […]

Amazon Passed on Pa. So What’s Next?

Amazon passed on Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for its HQ2, but Pennsylvania has an opportunity to expand the “Amazons” that already exist. While the job opportunities and economic boost tied to Amazon would have been welcomed, now is the time to take stock of what we do have – of what is driving our economy, pushing […]

Cleaner Air, Cost Savings Drive Natural Gas-Powered Transit

“We appreciate the blessing we have under our feet in Indiana County and western Pennsylvania.”  – Indiana County Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael Baker Our abundant and affordable natural gas resource in Pennsylvania is producing energy savings for the state’s transit systems and environmental gains for all. In recent weeks, a number of compressed natural […]

American Shale Gas Delivering Global Benefits

Increased development of our abundant shale gas resource has upended the domestic energy landscape, delivering savings to American families and enhancing national security – but its impacts haven’t been contained within our national border. As the world’s largest producer of natural gas, the United States is helping spread access to affordable, reliable energy to countries around […]

Increased Use of Clean-Burning Natural Gas Drives Air Quality Improvements

U.S. air quality continues to dramatically improve, as more domestic, clean-burning natural gas is produced and used in power generation. Carbon emissions tied to U.S. electric power generation have declined 28% since 2005 and are now at their lowest reported levels since 1987, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). More from the EIA’s latest […]

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Industry Innovation, Achievements and Challenges Highlighted at SHALE INSIGHT™ 2018

Another year of SHALE INSIGHT™ is in the books. This week, about 1,000 people gathered in Pittsburgh to join the eighth annual conference that included engaging keynote addresses from top government officials and business leaders, as well as dozens of exhibits featuring the latest research and innovations. Insightful panel discussions led by industry leaders and […]

PennLive Relies on Sloppy Report, Omits Context to Advance Biased Narrative

A recent PennLive editorial regrettably missed the mark by relying on a sloppy report as support for a half-baked argument. The report in question, “PA’s Marcellus Money,” was thrown together by SEIU, Sierra Club and other energy tax advocates under the banner of The Conservation Voters of PA, and it contained numerous serious and glaring […]

Top 5 Things to Look Forward to at SHALE INSIGHT™

Are you headed to the 8th annual SHALE INSIGHT™ conference in Pittsburgh next week? This year’s events will include the kind of stimulating conversation and noteworthy featured speakers that you’ve come to expect, along with a few new, exciting features. Policy Insight from Top Government Officials: Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

Smart Energy Policy Could Usher in 100,000+ Jobs, $60B in GDP Growth

A series of discussions among forward-thinking business and community leaders generated a new set of policy actions focused on strategies to best leverage Pennsylvania’s abundant shale gas. The discussions and resulting policy ideas grew from a study by the Forge the Future initiative that found Pennsylvania’s plentiful natural gas has the power to propel our […]

$25B Invested in State-of-the-Art Natural Gas Power Plants Since 2016

Pennsylvania families don’t have to worry whether the lights will turn on or the heat will kick in, as local, affordable and reliable natural gas is making our grid stronger while delivering consumer savings and enhancing air quality. More than $25 billion has been invested in natural gas electricity generation throughout the Appalachian Basin since […]

Natural Gas Drives U.S. Manufacturing Job Growth

America’s energy revolution – lead right here in the Commonwealth – is breathing new life into our manufacturing sector, creating good paying jobs and strengthening our economy. That’s an achievement well worth celebrating on national Manufacturing Day. Thanks to natural gas from shale, in no less than a decade, Pennsylvania manufacturing has transformed – we’re seeing new […]

Counties with Ethane Crackers See Job Creation, Higher Incomes

The ethane cracker plant under construction in Beaver County will raise both average income levels and local employment rates, according to a new study by two economic professors at Washington and Jefferson College. When complete, the Shell plant, which is the largest private investment in the state since WWII and one of the first to […]

Natural Gas Tax Revenues Benefit Communities Statewide

The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded natural gas impact fee funded grants this week in support of important community projects across the Commonwealth. This latest round of grants funds 120 projects totaling $16.2 million in support of public services and environmental protection, including flood mitigation, abandoned mine treatment, park development and watershed protection. Since 2012, 715 […]

U.S. Natural Gas Exports “Spread Freedom Throughout the World”

Exports of abundant American natural gas can be a reliable solution to meeting Europe’s growing demand of the clean-burning fuel, testified academics, foreign policy experts and lawmakers during a U.S. Senate hearing last week. Over the past decade, the United States has emerged as the world’s top natural gas producer, thanks in large part to […]

Shale Gas Drives U.S. Chemical Manufacturing Resurgence

Abundant, local natural gas is fueling a U.S. chemical manufacturing resurgence, according to an updated American Chemistry Council (ACC) report, first released in 2013. U.S. chemical and plastics investment linked to shale development has exceeded $200 billion – this total figure includes investment in the creation, expansion, or the reopening of chemical and plastics facilities. […]

Natural Gas Operators Maintain Strong Regulatory Compliance Amid Production Jump

Pennsylvania natural gas production hit all-time highs last year and energy operators maintained a strong 95% regulatory compliance rate, according to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil & Gas Annual report. The results, released Friday, illustrate the continued efforts made by the industry to safely and responsibly produce abundant, clean-burning natural gas. Commenting on the […]

VIDEO: MSC Thanks Building Trades Unions in Labor Day Message

While many of us are focused on backyard cookouts and back-to-school demands, this Labor Day let’s take a moment to recognize the hard-working men and women across our region’s building trades unions who’ve helped build the foundation of our great nation. Their grit and talent are helping to positively reshape the commonwealth’s energy, manufacturing, and […]

Pa. Energy Producers Hold ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Outlook

With rig counts steadily rising, key infrastructure projects coming online, and production increasing, Pennsylvania’s energy producers have a cautiously optimistic outlook, MSC president David Spigelmyer told reporters recently. During a swing through local papers across the north central and eastern parts of the state, Spigelmyer provided a state of the industry update for the second-half […]

DEP Encouraged to Explore Alternatives to Proposed Permit Fee Increase

A proposal to double the permitting fees for new unconventional wells is excessive and would further erode Pennsylvania’s competitiveness with other energy producing states, the Marcellus Shale Coalition said in comments submitted Friday. The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed increasing current well permit application fees to $12,500 for all unconventional wells from $5,000, representing […]

America’s Air Continues to Improve. Why? (Hint: Natural Gas is Part of the Solution)

Recent decades have seen dramatic improvements in air quality, even as the economy, population, and energy consumption increased, according to a new EPA report. What’s one of the key drivers of this clean air progress? Abundant, affordable American natural gas. From 1990-2017, emissions from six key pollutants (carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, […]