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 […]

Think Pennsylvania Doesn’t Tax Natural Gas? Think again.

We’re expecting Gov. Wolf to double-down on a massive energy tax increase during his budget address. While the Governor will likely claim that “Pennsylvania is the only major producer of natural gas that does not ask drillers to pay their fair share,” the truth is just the opposite. Ahead of the Governor’s fourth budget address […]

Annual Natural Gas Impact Tax Revenues to Top $219 Million

Annual revenues from Pa.’s natural gas impact tax are projected to top $219 million, according to the state’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office. These projected revenues are $46 million higher than 2016 and push the total generated from the state’s tax on natural gas past $1.5 billion. Here’s what they’re saying about natural gas impact tax […]

Petrochemical Investments ‘Will Transform the Region’

Growing natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale and key investment decisions by international firms are fueling a transformative drive to develop a new petrochemical manufacturing industry in the region, Bloomberg reported this week. The multibillion-dollar ethane plant that Shell is building in Beaver County – the largest investment in Pennsylvania since World War II […]

Union Leader: Energy Infrastructure Projects a “Godsend”

As the U.S. emerges as a net natural gas exporter for the first time in 60 years, Pennsylvanians are continuing to realize the benefits of responsible energy production here at home. According to an updated economic analysis released this week by Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions, Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline project will create $9 billion in […]

Affordable Natural Gas Keeps Pennsylvanians Warm During Arctic Blast

During this stretch of frigid temperatures across the country, Americans are turning to abundant, affordable natural gas to stay warm this winter. Thanks to local shale development, Pennsylvania is the nation’s second largest natural gas producing state, producing a quarter of America’s natural gas supply. That growth in domestic production – and the infrastructure transporting […]

Natural Gas Improving Lives in 2018 and Beyond

The calendar turned to 2018 with good news for American energy, as headlines promoted the promise of increased domestic natural gas and oil production. As the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Frank Verrastro told the Washington Post: “It’s a total turnaround from where we were in the ’70s.” America’s shale revolution is expected to […]

American Natural Gas Makes the Holidays Merrier

As we all gather with family and friends this holiday season, it’s a good time to take stock in the positive benefits of natural gas in our everyday lives. From plastic toys to artificial trees, Christmas lights and the electricity that powers it all, abundant, American natural gas and oil makes the holidays merrier. Here’s […]

Energy Companies, Employees Give Back this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of friends and family, but it’s also a time to give back to our neighbors and the communities where we’re privileged to operate. We’re proud of the donations, volunteer hours, and other efforts from MSC member companies and their employees this holiday season who are contributing […]

Fact Check: 5 Key Facts on New Study

Protecting and improving our environment and public health is a top priority for the natural gas industry, which has a long and clear record of working collaboratively to advance these shared and important goals. We’re also deeply committed to fostering and supporting sound research. Unfortunately – as is too often the case – a new […]

Uncompetitive Policies Jeopardize Energy Savings, Jobs

Since 2012, Appalachia has driven U.S. natural gas production growth, the federal Energy Information Administration recently reported. Shale gas production across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia tripled over the past five years, increasing to almost 24 billion cubic feet per day. The growth in American energy production is welcome news for working families, small businesses […]

Thanksgiving: Powered by American Natural Gas

Our affordable and abundant supply of natural gas provides so much to make us thankful throughout the year, from lower energy costs and family-sustaining jobs to increased community benefits and opportunities for economic growth. At Thanksgiving, we are particularly thankful for all the ways clean-burning, American natural gas brings comfort to our families as we […]

Impact Fee Funded Grants Benefit More Pa. Communities

This week, communities throughout the Commonwealth received natural gas impact fee – Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax – funded grants for key environmental and infrastructure projects. Through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, 115 projects, totaling more than $15.7 million were awarded to counties throughout the state. These funds are in addition to the impact fee dollars that […]

Here’s What Marketplace Missed on Natural Gas Development

Taking a hard turn away from business and economics, NPR’s Marketplace – which claims to focus on “raising the economic intelligence of the country” – ran a one-sided attack on natural gas development last night that does more to scare listeners than inform them of science and facts. The story relies on information from environmental […]

Energy Production, Infrastructure Key to Pa. Economic Growth, Environmental Progress

Two recent reports by anti-natural gas activist organizations – NRDC & Clean Air Task Force – make deeply misleading and downright false claims regarding safe natural gas development, transportation and use. While natural gas is a job creator and environmental winner, some environmental activists continue to push dangerous policies that would threaten this important progress. […]

Natural Gas Delivers Reliable, Affordable Electricity

As our economy continues to expand, so too does the need for reliable, affordable electricity. Thankfully, Pennsylvania families don’t have to worry whether the lights will turn on or the heat will kick in, as clean, local natural gas is making our grid stronger, delivering consumer savings and enhancing air quality.  

Natural Gas Drives “Rebirth of Good-Paying, Middle Class Manufacturing Jobs”

Natural gas continues to generate benefits for Pennsylvania families, manufacturers, and our environment. According to a new University of Pennsylvania report, residential gas prices have declined 40 percent since 2007, thanks to shale. As the study’s lead researcher confirms, “shale gas has been a clear win for consumers” across the entire Commonwealth. Here’s what else […]

Four Fast Facts on Higher Energy Taxes

As we continue to hear more political spin on proposals for a massive energy tax increase, it’s important to separate fiction from fact. We already know that the Independent Fiscal Office concluded – for the third straight year – that the governor’s proposed energy tax increase, for example, would give Pennsylvania the nation’s highest tax […]

Natural Gas Drives Construction, Building Trades Opportunities

Work began this week on another clean-burning natural gas power plant that will generate enough electricity for 1 million homes in our region, the Tribune-Democrat reports. The Fairview Energy Center in Cambria County is one of more than a dozen natural gas power plants that have been announced, are under construction, or were brought online […]

Five Ways Energy Infrastructure Strengthens Pennsylvania

Energy infrastructure is the safest, most reliable form of connecting consumers, manufacturers, and power generators across our region to affordable, abundant natural gas. Some, however, such as Sen. Andy Dinniman, continue to make false claims that are wildly out-of-touch with hard-working, blue collar Pennsylvanians. Investments in pipelines are putting tens of thousands of laborers and […]

Celebrating America’s Natural Gas Advantage on National Manufacturing Day

The celebration of Manufacturing Day this week serves as an important reminder for communities across America of how manufacturing creates jobs, improves lives and provides opportunities for economic growth. Nowhere are those realities more clear than in the Appalachian region, where abundant and affordable shale gas production is driving a manufacturing renaissance. Examples of new […]

Post-Gazette / Inquirer “Investigation” Exposes “Gotcha” Journalism by Neglecting Key Facts & Context

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer failed to exercise good news judgment by omitting publicly available and easily accessible data for a weekend story. Their piece excludes basic facts and highly critical background in an effort to advance a one-sided narrative. Since they forgot to do their job, we will help them. Let’s start […]

Don’t Miss These Top 5 SHALE INSIGHT™ 2017 Events

Are you headed to Pittsburgh for SHALE INSIGHT™ 2017? Here are the Top 5 can’t miss-events for the seventh annual conference. 1. Policy Insight from Top Government Officials: U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta and U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette will kick off this year’s conference Wednesday morning by discussing workforce development and the […]

Higher Energy Taxes are a “Boneheaded Move” Risking Jobs, Investment

Our abundant natural gas resources give Pa. manufacturers an energy advantage, as low-cost, reliable natural gas has created new generational business opportunities. Harnessing our energy resources for end-use opportunities in power generation and manufacturing can “be the engine of new growth” for the Commonwealth, Chevron Appalachia’s Stacey Olson and Peoples Natural Gas’ Morgan O’Brien wrote […]

Higher Energy Taxes: ‘Chasing a Nickel When There’s Dollars Down the Road’

A growing chorus of Pennsylvanians are calling out continued attempts to enact new and additional taxes on natural gas development as a job-crushing, short-sighted policy that will hurt consumers and manufacturers. Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association President David Taylor and Pennsylvania NFIB executive state director Kevin Shivers joined MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer this week on Lincoln Radio Journal’s […]

Labor Unions: A Key Partner in Pa. Energy Development

Against the Labor Day backdrop, while many of us are focused on backyard cookouts and back-to-school demands, the key partnership among our region’s building trades unions, energy producers and midstream companies is worth taking stock in and celebrating. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer has affirmed before, “our industry is deeply grateful for the critical and growing […]

Energy Companies Take Action to Support Harvey Relief Efforts

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Shedding Sunlight on Anti-Energy Activism

The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments, with $1.5 billion in net assets, funnels millions of dollars to anti-natural gas organizations and “drilling foes,” as the Associated Press reported. Their playbook – fund the so-called research, the “news” and the promoters – is not new or especially unique, but it’s an approach that degrades public trust and diminishes the […]

Infrastructure: Linking Pennsylvanians to Clean, Abundant Natural Gas

With 11 new critical interstate pipeline projects brought online in 2016 and another 25 under development or scheduled for completion this year – according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration – our region is making important progress on getting the needed pipeline infrastructure in place to move more clean-burning, Pennsylvania-produced natural […]

Job Creators ‘Punch Back’ Against Massive Energy Tax Hikes

Pennsylvania job-creators “punched back” – as the Associated Press reports – this week against the wave of new and even higher energy taxes passed recently by the state senate that will harm manufacturers, small businesses, and consumers alike. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said, Pennsylvania’s natural gas producers – which pay an impact tax that’s generated […]

Energy Tax Increases Threaten Pa.’s Economic Opportunity

Natural gas development in Pennsylvania supports more than 320,000 jobs and contributes more than $45 billion to the Commonwealth’s economy, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers study confirms. The report, conducted on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute, also found that energy development supports good-paying jobs, with nearly $23 billion in wages provided to hard-working Pennsylvanians. This latest […]

Pa.’s Impact Tax an Effective, Winning Policy

Summertime – it’s the season for baseball, cookouts, and, unfortunately, for some lawmakers to renew tired calls for a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase. Despite the clear fact that Pennsylvania’s impact fee – our tax on natural gas, which has generated $1.2 billion in new revenue – is working, some in Harrisburg continue to be […]