MSC Member Spotlight: Hull & Associates, Inc.

We recently had the opportunity to interview Don Zuch, a principal with Hull & Associates, Inc. (HULL), a project development and engineering company that focuses on quality of life by solving complex challenges related to environment, energy and infrastructure. Q. What services does your company provide to support shale development and/or infrastructure expansion in Pennsylvania […]

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 […]