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, […]

Sec. Perry: Natural Gas Plays Key Role in U.S. “Path to Energy Independence”

The United States energy sector is experiencing a historic moment of growth, according to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and “nowhere is this stunning turnaround more dramatic than with natural gas.” Secretary Perry visited the first East Coast natural gas export terminal at Cove Point in Maryland, promoting liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports a […]

Top State Environmental Agencies Report Clean Air, Pristine Waters in Shale Development Areas

Studies released this week from Pennsylvania’s top two environmental regulatory agencies continue to confirm that responsible natural gas development and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand. As the Associated Press reported Wednesday, a recent Department of Conservation and Natural Resources report concluded natural gas development in and under state forests has had no impact on the quality […]

Training Programs Prepare Pennsylvanians for High-Demand Energy Careers

New workforce training programs have launched throughout the region to meet growing local demand for skilled workers across the energy supply chain. In Armstrong and Greene Counties, for example, free month-long training courses focused on pipeline construction and maintenance begin in August. These programs, as the Observer-Reporter reports, are hosted through a partnership with the […]

Acting EPA Administrator Visits Western Pa., Credits Shale Industry’s “Innovation”

Commonsense policies and smart regulations that encourage natural gas development will help ensure further environmental and public health improvement, acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed during a visit to Washington County this week. Just a week after assuming his new position, acting administrator Wheeler met with MSC member Range Resources and sat down with the […]

Natural Gas Drives Pa. Manufacturing Resurgence

Western Pennsylvania manufacturing is on the comeback thanks, in large part, to the region’s abundance of natural gas. From the Shell ethane cracker facility under construction in Beaver County to the growth of Lawrence County’s steel industry and a resurgent plastics industry in Erie County, affordable, abundant natural gas is driving the region’s manufacturing comeback. […]

All Things July 4th Brought to You by Natural Gas

As we celebrate America’s birthday, it’s a good time to remember how affordable, abundant natural gas makes everyday products possible. From the propane to fire up the grill to the plastic in cups and coolers, natural gas provides the building blocks to better lives.

IHS Markit’s Yergin: Shale Revolution a “Major Stimulus” to U.S. & Pa. Economy

Domestic natural gas production, particularly from the Appalachian Basin, continues to be a “major economic stimulus” and key driver of environmental progress, IHS Markit’s Dr. Daniel Yergin and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry said this week. Testifying before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce subcommittee on energy yesterday, Dr. Yergin explored how the […]

Pa. Natural Gas Impact Fee Generates $209M+, Proceeds Benefit All Counties

Communities across Pennsylvania will receive more than $209 million in new impact fee revenue, Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced yesterday. Since 2012 the impact fee – Pennsylvania’s drilling tax – has generated nearly $1.5 billion for communities in all 67 counties. This natural gas impact fee is working as designed, generating hundreds of millions […]

‘Shale Gale’ Reshaping America’s Energy and Economic Landscape

‘Shale Gale’ Reshaping America’s Energy and Economic Landscape America’s ongoing shale revolution “has transformed the overall U.S. energy industry, shifted company strategies, and dramatically changed global energy markets” while delivering unprecedented economic and environmental benefits, according to a major new report from global business analyst IHS Markit. The opportunity for greater positive impacts will only […]

Independent Studies Confirm Fracking Poses No Threat to Drinking Water

Safe, responsible natural gas development has little to no impact on water quality in Pennsylvania, according to two recently released academic studies. A peer-reviewed study conducted by a team of geoscientists and computer scientists at Penn State University found that fracking is not a major threat to groundwater – and, in fact, identified “an overall […]

U.S. Natural Gas Delivers Home Energy Savings, Clean Air Progress & Energy Security

Pennsylvania natural gas production grew 5.4 percent from 2016 to 2017, generating over 5.3 billion cubic feet of the clean-burning, abundant resource last year, according to a new report from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. As we continue to safely and responsibly produce more domestic natural gas, Pennsylvania is making big and important environmental gains, families […]

American Energy Delivers “Stability and Prosperity” to Global Allies

As the world’s top producer of natural gas and petroleum, according to the latest federal data, America’s energy dominance is creating economic opportunities and strengthening energy security here at home, while bolstering geopolitical stability abroad. Lawmakers and experts discussed the role of American energy in influencing foreign policy during a U.S. House Foreign Affairs subcommittee […]

Time to Build: Infrastructure Connects Consumers to Affordable, Abundant Natural Gas

National Infrastructure Week’s key message – “The future won’t wait. Neither can we.” – is particularly true in Pennsylvania, where abundant and affordable natural gas is generating unprecedented opportunities for the job creation, consumer benefits and manufacturing resurgence new infrastructure enables. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer wrote in a weekend column in The Morning Call, “It’s […]

Business and Labor Agree: Higher Energy Taxes Threaten Pa. Jobs

Governor Wolf’s latest proposal for even higher energy taxes would hurt jobs, slow growth, and make Pennsylvania less competitive for investment, the some of the Commonwealth business and labor leaders said recently. IUOE Local 66 business manager Jim Kunz, Pa. Chamber of Business & Industry’s Gene Barr and Pa. Manufacturers’ Association’s Dave Taylor punched back […]

Gov. Wolf’s Energy Tax Hike to Harm Pa. Jobs, Consumers

Governor Wolf threw his support behind an energy tax increase this week, marking the fourth year in a row the governor put forth a plan that harms Pennsylvania families, small businesses, and consumers. Just like previous proposals, this latest tax increase is a step backward and will make Pennsylvania less competitive for job-creating investment. Natural […]

Higher Energy Taxes Threaten Pennsylvania’s Energy Leadership, Jobs

Pennsylvania is one of the top natural gas producing states in the U.S., strengthening its position as a national energy leader, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA reports that the Commonwealth’s natural gas production averaged a record 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, 3% higher […]

On Earth Day, 5 Reasons to Thank Natural Gas

Earth Day provides an important opportunity to celebrate the meaningful environmental progress that our nation and the Commonwealth continue to make thanks to natural gas. Local production of abundant, clean-burning natural gas means we don’t have to choose between environmental progress and economic growth. We can and do have both – and Pennsylvanians are realizing […]

Five Fast Facts on Misguided Court Ruling

A recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling upends more than a century of settled property law and injects uncertainty to safe, responsible oil and gas development, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry said in court filings this week. The court’s recent decision involving the “rule of capture” departs from past precedent […]

On Clean, Job-Creating Natural Gas, Gov. Wolf Says One Thing, Does Another

Governor Wolf’s rhetoric doesn’t match his policies when it comes to clean, job-creating natural gas. On one hand, Gov. Wolf talks about supporting further development of abundant, low-cost natural gas as key to consumer savings, environmental progress and manufacturing growth. Yet, his policies tell a different story, as higher taxes, unnecessary regulations, and outright bans […]

Allegheny Co. Executive: Fracking “Saved the Airport”

Natural gas development enabled Pittsburgh International Airport to expand flights and plan a $1.1 billion renovation, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Pittsburgh Democrat, said during a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Business Times. In 2013, the airport authority partnered with Consol Energy – now CNX Resources – to develop natural gas under the airport’s […]

VIDEO: Natural Gas Drives Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Resurgence

Natural gas development is positively transforming Pennsylvania’s economy and environment, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during Sunday’s PMA Perspective program on PCN-TV. As the nation’s second largest natural gas producing state, we’re realizing a resurgence in manufacturing, meaningful energy savings, and clean air progress. In case you missed Sunday’s program on Pennsylvania’s energy leadership, here are […]

MSC: Proposed Ban on Natural Gas Development ‘Defies Sound Science, Responsible Policymaking’

The Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed ban on safe, responsible natural gas development “improperly infringes on property rights” and is motivated by political considerations instead of being based on sound science, the Marcellus Shale Coalition said in a public comment filed today. MSC’s submission of testimony to the commission comes as the comment period closes […]

Study: Marcellus, Utica Production Gives Appalachian Manufacturers Advantage

A new petrochemical manufacturing facility in the Appalachian Basin will be four times as profitable to similar projects along the Gulf Coast, a new report released yesterday from IHS Markit concluded. While Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker – currently under construction in Beaver County – is the first major petrochemical facility to be built outside the […]

Pipeline Safety Expert: “Pipelines are Safe and Getting Safer”

Pipelines are safe, efficient and a critical piece of the nation’s infrastructure that connects consumers with abundant, affordable energy resources, a former official with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration told state lawmakers today. Keith Coyle, who currently chairs the MSC’s Pipeline Safety Workgroup and served on Gov. Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, […]

Sec. Perry: Appalachian Petrochemical Manufacturing “Makes Sense”

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry testified before a House committee yesterday where he announced support for expanding petrochemical manufacturing throughout the Appalachian region. Given the region’s low vulnerability to extreme weather events, abundant natural gas supply, and qualified workers, Perry told federal lawmakers the Appalachian Basin is primed to become the next major […]

Biased, Pandering Rolling Stone Blog Misses Mark…Again

Rolling Stone published another deeply biased piece yesterday attacking American energy development. The one-sided story purposefully ignores critical facts and is nothing more than propaganda for fringe activists opposed to safe American energy development. It should be noted Rolling Stone’s owner recently received a $225 million investment from Saudi Arabia. It should also be noted […]

MSC Corrects Pa. Lawmaker’s Blatantly Inaccurate Grandstanding

Following the “blatant inaccuracies” Sen. Vincent Hughes shared during recent testimony on natural gas development, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer sent a letter to the senator that corrects the record. Here’s what you need to know from Spigelmyer’s letter: On the taxing of natural gas development: “In addition to paying every other tax imposed upon Pennsylvania businesses, […]

Natural Gas: ‘Enormous Opportunity’ for Economic, Environmental Progress

Natural gas is “an enormous economic opportunity that’s generated tens-of-thousands of jobs in communities across the Commonwealth,” MSC president Dave Spigelmyer said during a TV interview last night. During the half-hour conversation that aired on PCN, Spigelmyer explored how the “most affordable gas on the planet right here in Pennsylvania” is driving broad economic and […]

‘Americans Can Take Pride’ in Leveraging Energy Abundance

As natural gas production continues to rise, a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee this week examined the role of LNG exports in strengthening America’s geopolitical standing. With Dominion’s Cove Point LNG export terminal in Maryland scheduled to go into service next month, the U.S. will have additional opportunities to leverage its energy abundance as a […]

U.S. Natural Gas = Consumer Savings, Clean Air Progress, Energy Security

Thanks to the expanded use of local, clean natural gas in power generation, the United States “has already come quite far in reducing carbon dioxide emissions,” according to a new Carnegie Mellon University report. Analyzing government data, CMU researchers concluded that the U.S. “can meet – or even beat” carbon dioxide emissions reductions outlined in […]

Extreme Energy Policies Boost Kremlin, Burden New Englanders

As America’s shale revolution continues to deliver energy savings and enhance U.S. security, radical policies blocking key infrastructure projects are choking off New England’s access to reliable, domestic natural gas. Thanks to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and “Keep it in the Ground” activists, consumers in the Northeast are starved of the energy they need […]

Olympians Achieve Gold with Natural Gas

All attention is on South Korea as the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang. Did you know that natural gas-based products will help U.S. athletes capture gold? From high-performance plastics in skis and snowboards to the fiberglass in a bobsled and the fuel for the iconic Olympic Torch, natural gas is a key component […]