Why is Propane so freakin expensive?

According to the Energy Information Agency (EIA), propane prices are subject to a number of influences, some common to all petroleum products, and others unique to propane. Because propane is easily transported, it can serve many different markets, from fueling barbecue grills to producing petrochemicals. The price of propane in these markets is influenced by […]

How much natural gas is being extracted from wells in my area?

Unfortunately we do not know which county you reside in, however the Pa. Department of Environment Protection has a great online resource where you can view production reports for wells in your area.

How long will Marcellus Shale be drilling?

The short answer to your question is at least a few decades, probably 30 years. As the second largest natural gas field in the world, at approximately 95,000 square miles and estimated to contain upwards of 410 trillion cubic feet of gas, this is an industry that will be around for quite some time. In […]

Is the industry aware that some groups seem pleased with their behavior so far? An attendee asked “What’s the issue”?

As a matter of fact, yes, we frequently hear from individuals, businesses and various stakeholders groups from all corners of the Commonwealth that support safe, job-creating natural gas development. Protecting and enhancing our environment, creating good local jobs and lowering energy costs for consumers is widely supported. This support bears out in public opinion polling […]

Is this campaign an attempt to cover your own asses when the general public finds out you are screwing them?

The safe development of clean-burning domestic natural gas represents an historic opportunity for our region and for the nation. Our industry’s collective efforts — including this initiative — are focused on fostering a fact- and science-based community conversation about safe, job-creating American natural gas. We have an obligation to answer real questions with straightforward facts. […]

What is the commitment to communicate to low income residents and how can we evaluate the success of that communication?

The MSC, and our member companies, are committed to effectively communicating with and engaging every single demographic and a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Each and every one of us stands to continue to benefit from safe shale development, through more affordable energy costs, cleaner air and more jobs. For example, we have partnered with various […]

Haven’t scientists been developing natural gas all along?

Natural gas development was pioneered in the United States. In fact, “In 1821, William Hart dug the first successful natural gas well in the U.S. in Fredonia, New York.” And today — thanks to the persistence and entrepreneurial spirit of George Mitchell and others — “We produce more natural gas than any country on Earth,” […]

Is the industry willing to work with the conservation groups to make a documentary DVD or TV program focusing on the benefits to wildlife and wildlife habitat?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition is always open to considering new partnerships. Please contact us if you have an idea you would like to discuss. You can also read about our members’ commitment to wildlife and wildlife habitat in a fact sheet about how we strive to share the woods and in our Recommended Practices of […]

Why is there an east/west divide around the industry?

The short answer is the natural gas found in central and northeastern Pennsylvania is considered “dry gas” while the natural gas developed in western and southwestern Pennsylvania is “wet gas.” This has to do with the contents of the gas. Dry gas is close to pure methane. Wet gas has heavier hydrocarbons (butane, ethane, propane) […]

I have a natural gas stove. Every time I turn it on, my dog gets scared and runs out of the house. Is natural gas bad for the animals?

Not that we’re aware of. As pet owners and dog lovers ourselves, my dog gets scared when I turn on the vacuum cleaner. So it may just be a function of the dog not liking the blue flame. But to be certain, you may want to consult with your vet.

Will you do another session which will be electronic?

While we continue to engage with a broad spectrum stakeholders through various outlets – community meetings, forums, events as well as social media – at this point we are still exploring options specific to future online Learn About Shale sessions. That said, we would encourage you – and others – to submit questions at any […]

What is the Halliburton Exemption?

The short answer is that it is a myth. The bipartisan 2005 energy bill does not contain an exemption or “loophole,” as some have called it, for hydraulic fracturing, as the practice was not regulated under federal law by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prior to 2005. In Pennsylvania, natural gas companies are required by […]

How do you look at yourself in the mirror? How is this not the worst crime against the environment ever being committed?

We are proud of the work we are doing to produce a clean-burning energy source that is improving the environment, strengthening American energy security and creating jobs. Responsible shale development is driving the American economy, while reducing emissions. In fact, the Wall Street Journal has reported that according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, thanks […]

How many people did you poison today with methane?

The short answer is none. We are committed to making our tightly regulated operations safe. Methane, the main constituent of natural gas, is not toxic or poisonous and is the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon. It is flammable, so we certainly work to keep it contained, and we have had great success safely producing natural gas. The President […]

Increase its outreach efforts?

We have had positive feedback across the Commonwealth, specifically the greater Philadelphia region, regarding our various and ongoing educational and outreach efforts focused on safe, tightly-regulated shale gas development and expanded natural gas use. As noted, these efforts ongoing, and we will continue to working with a broad and diverse set of stakeholders to ensure […]

What can be done by the conservation groups to credit industry when they do something positive?

Our industry works very closely with, and welcomes input from, a host of stakeholders, including conservation groups and organizations. As underscored in our Guiding Principles, safety and environmentally responsible efforts to responsibly develop shale is our foremost priority. The MSC has published a Recommended Practice on Site Planning, Development and Restoration focused on ensuring that […]

Will you come into Philadelphia neighborhoods and hold info sessions? Most of my friends/neighbors think fracking is evil and must be fought.

We are always eager to engage and help inform Pennsylvanians on the clear benefits associated with safe, tightly-regulated shale development, and routinely host and sponsor events in the Greater Philadelphia area, as well as across the entire Commonwealth. In the meantime, we’d encourage you – and your neighbors – to join the ongoing conversation online […]

How to deal with more cynical and skeptical population and less trust of business and government?

Our industry recognizes that many Pennsylvanians have real questions about natural gas development and we believe they deserve honest, fact-based, straightforward answers. This is exactly why we launched Learn About Shale. Our goal is to further engage the public on the benefits and safeguards surrounding clean-burning natural gas development and use. The historic opportunity before us […]

Why at the company meetings, events, etc. do the drilling companies say they would like to be transparent, but it is really hard to find accurate data on land leased, production rates, etc.

As an industry, we recognize to succeed in the safe development of natural gas over the near- and long-term, transparency is essential. This commitment is enshrined in our Guiding Principles: “We continuously improve our practices and seek transparency in our operations.” Much of the information that you cite is in fact publically available and/or required […]

Where is the Burkett shale deposit?

While the deep Marcellus Shale deposit sits in the middle of the Devonian Shale layer, the Burkett Shale deposit is closer to the surface in the Upper Devonian shale. Penn State University Extension offers the following description: The final ingredient in the Pennsylvania triple play is the upper Devonian shale. Generally, combinations of several thinner […]

What will be done with the answers?

Learn about Shale was created answer any and all natural gas-related questions with straightforward, fact-based information. These answers will continue to be posted online at LearnAboutShale.org, aimed at broadening and advancing a constructive, fact-based dialogue about this historic opportunity before us.

How can we make a clearer message about low cost energy that will get through to all?

That’s a great question. And it’s true: every Pennsylvanian and American is saving a tremendous amount of money on their monthly utility bills, thanks to increased natural gas development. When you boil it down, it really is a simple message. Homeowners, those who rent, and business owners have to pay their utility bill each month […]

On the grassroots level, why am I hearing about it now and how does that affect me?

Over the past year or so, the Marcellus Shale Coalition has increased its outreach efforts in southeastern Pennsylvania, which is probably why you are now hearing about natural gas development in Pennsylvania. Early on in the development process, with a limited staff, we were not able to spend the appropriate amount of time working with […]

What is the industry’s commitment to diversity and inclusion?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer, as are our member companies. The MSC has hosted a number of supply chain forums and informational sessions with minority business councils in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia over the past year and a half and we’re committed to strengthening these relationships as natural gas development […]

How much natural gas is PA producing per month?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 183 billion cubic feet per month (Bcf/m) (6.1Bcf/d) in 2012, up from 108 Bcf/m in 2011. In 2012, production jumped 69 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with CNBC publishing a story entitled, ”Marcellus Turns Pennsylvania Into ‘Saudi Arabia’ of […]

What is the industry’s commitment to STEM education?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is a huge supporter of expanding STEM programs in high schools across the commonwealth. In order to train the workforce of tomorrow for careers in the natural gas industry, a solid technical foundation in the sciences is critical. In fact, one of the biggest challenges for MSC member companies is […]

What information does Wall Street get/provide?

The MSC represents all sizes and types of companies – large, medium, and small – some of which are privately owned while others are publically traded. As with any public company, our operators are required to report their quarterly earnings to investors. Further, the privately owned companies are also required to report their production results […]

How can a university partner with you [MSC or industry] to increase professionals needed to work in your company/industry?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition has partnered with a number of university researchers over the past few years to provide original fact-based research related to the economic impact of natural gas development on the region’s economy as well as research to address environmental matters. For example: the MSC partnered with researchers at Penn State University to […]

Why do both your radio advertisement and your website make no sense whatsoever?

While we appreciate your views, we certainly believe that the public wants and deserves the opportunity to ask questions about natural gas development and receive straightforward, fact-based answers – which is the primary objective of this collaborative and ongoing initiative.

Why didn’t you run your ad in the University City Review and Weekly Press?

As you may know, the Marcellus Shale Coalition is running Learn About Shale educational ads across several targeted print and digital platforms in the Greater Philadelphia region. And while we did not purchase ads in the University City Review or the Weekly Press, we certainly appreciate your interest in this ongoing and fact-based dialogue about […]

If a patient develops a medical condition due to fracking contamination, is a doctor in Pa. not allowed to discuss the situation with other doctors and patients to minimize health hazards?

Despite claims, Act 13 of 2012 actually bolstered industry transparency regarding treatment of patients, the opposite of what some have erroneously called a “gag order.” The fact is, in the event of an emergency and for purposes of diagnosing a patient, medical professionals have unfettered access to all information related to additives, chemicals or any […]

Why is there a plan to do it near schools?

Domestically produced natural gas is a clean-burning energy resource that must be developed in an environmentally responsible manner, as the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Guiding Principles outline. Individual landowners, including school districts, make a decision about whether or not to lease their land for responsible energy development, which in Pennsylvania is governed by regulations from the Department […]

How much natural gas is being used in the five counties of southeastern PA each year?

While we don’t have that data point, in 2011 (most recent year with data) Pennsylvania consumed 962,962 million cubic feet of gas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Why are you killing everything in PA for gas?

Inflammatory and baseless suggestions, such as this, do a terrible disserve to the important and ongoing public dialogue about safe, job-creating American natural gas development. Responsible and tightly-regulated natural gas development in Pennsylvania is providing affordable, homegrown, clean-burning energy that is not only helping to improve our air quality but also create tens of thousands […]

Is this a health risk?

Relying on science, the increased use of natural gas is a health benefit, not a risk. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States are at near 20 year lows, thanks to increased use of natural gas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also cited increased use of natural gas as a […]

Is the devastation caused by this worth 100 years of gas?

Such claims that safe, responsible, tightly-regulated American natural gas development is in any way causing “devastation” are patently false, entirely baseless and wholly unsupported by actual facts and science. Regarding the “100 years of gas”, that is true – our nation is blessed with a tremendous resource base that is fostering economic renewal across Pennsylvania […]

What will it take to get you guys to pack up and leave our state?

In 1859 – over 150 years ago – Col. Edwin Drake drilled the first oil well in Titusville, Pa. Given the Pennsylvania’s vast energy reserves, chances are the oil and natural gas industry will be here for another 150 years.

Why is this specific to the Pennsylvania area?

Not sure what your question refers to, but we’ll attempt to answer it in two ways. Learn About Shale is an community conversation sponsored by the Marcellus Shale Coalition to answer questions of those who live and work in the commonwealth. As a Pennsylvania-based trade association, we want to ensure that our friends and neighbors […]

What are we waiting for?

What’s great about safe, job-creating natural gas development is that it’s already underway in Pennsylvania. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “Between 2009 and 2011, Pennsylvania’s natural gas production more than quadrupled due to expanded horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing.” The result? More jobs, more revenue and cleaner air. This responsible […]

Are the companies willing to attend sportsmen’s/conservation groups’ fund raising events and invite the supporting companies to attend?

Absolutely. Our industry works very closely with a host of stakeholders, including conservation and sportsmen groups and organizations. And as you may know, many of the men and women working in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry are committed sportsmen and outdoorsmen. For example, last summer, the MSC and several of our member companies sponsored the 3 […]

How can you people sleep at night?

Our industry is absolutely committed to getting this historic opportunity right for the Commonwealth and for our nation. And as President Obama made clear in his State of the Union address last year, “The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don’t […]

Am I correct in assuming that the reason all of this is so vague is that in the end somehow you are going to screw the general public and hope they don’t notice?

Quite to the contrary. The chief objective of this site is to advance and promote a fact-based dialogue about responsible, tightly-regulated, job-creating natural gas development. These collaborative efforts are in line with our Guiding Principles: “We encourage spirited public dialogue and fact-based education about responsible shale gas development.”

Once the questions have been answered to the satisfaction of most sane people, will the radical environmentalists still be able to stop the project like they did with the Keystone?

Since the MSC’s focus is shale development across the Appalachia region – and not energy development in other regions of North America – we’re not able to provide any additional clarity regarding the ongoing discussion about the pending Keystone XL pipeline project. That said, American voters – by wide margins – support this project, as […]

Why did we give the leases away? Why do we have to use fracking?

Land- and mineral-owners make individual decisions as it relates to contracts that permit energy companies to explore for and develop energy on and/or beneath their property. Click here to learn more about that process. Hydraulic fracturing is a well-regulated and time-tested technology that creates porosity and permeability in densely packed shale formations, allowing economical amounts […]

Do the residents in the area of the drilling really approve?

According to public opinion polls, support for natural gas production in and around communities where these activities are taking place is very strong. This from a major survey released in August. Here are several key survey findings: Most residents overall viewed natural gas drilling as an economic opportunity for the region. For example, 7 in […]

What does this have to do with fracking?

We assume you are referring to this website. As you may know, LearnAboutShale.org was created answer any and all natural gas-related questions with straightforward, fact-based information, aimed at advancing a constructive dialogue about this historic opportunity.

Why doesn’t anyone return a phone call from your organization?

We are sorry to hear that you are having difficulty speaking with us by phone. We encourage you, and others, to call us anytime with questions on our main phone line: (412) 706-5160. We hope to hear from you soon.

Why is this website set up as if it will provide information and then it doesn’t?

As you may know, our Learn About Shale initiative underscores the natural gas industry’s commitment “to providing honest and straightforward information. That is our responsibility and that’s what our community deserves.” This online clearinghouse of fact-based information aims to advance a meaningful dialogue about safe, job-creating natural gas development. And for those on Twitter, please […]

Is it happening?

The safe development clean-burning, job-creating natural gas is indeed happening across Pennsylvania, resulting in more local jobs, more revenue for the Commonwealth, more affordable energy for consumers and cleaner air. Visit the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection’s Marcellus site to view where production is occurring.

Is this an example of being “transparent”?

Indeed. This from the press release announcing the launch of LearnAboutShale.org “Since its founding three years ago, the Marcellus Shale Coalition has strived to be a resource of fact-based information that fosters a constructive dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders,” said MSC president Kathryn Klaber. “We launched Ask About Shale in an effort to […]