What is being done to track/monitor/regulate the various wells throughout the state?

Development of the Marcellus Shale is overseen by the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of Oil and Gas Management. In order to drill a well, an operator must first obtain a well permit as well as fulfill a financial incentive to ensure all essential operations are performed to maintain the safety and integrity […]

Is there a research fund at the state that would use revenues coming in from the industry?

Marcellus Shale operators have paid more than $406 million over the past two years in impact fees, which are allocated to municipalities around the state as well as government organizations that conduct research into new regulations and systems, along with the effect of this growing industry on the Pennsylvania. The Department of Environmental Protection recently […]

How much do you pay in taxes–my husband and I pay taxes on our small pensions. Just curious to know how much your corporation pays?

The natural gas industry pays the same taxes as every other industry/business operating in the commonwealth. Since 2006, the natural gas industry is responsible for more than $1.8 billion in tax revenue, and over the past two years generated more than $400 million in impact fees. 

Do you offer any scholarship money for future gas and petro engineers?

Many of our member companies have scholarship programs with various universities and vocational/technical schools and the Marcellus Shale Coalition has worked with the Community College of Philadelphia to provide opportunities to those in the region interested in furthering their career in the energy industry.

Why does the natural gas industry continuously refuse to disclose the constituent chemicals in the fracturing liquid? As well as obfuscate any attempt at passing regulation in order to require such practices?

The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is required to disclose – on a well-by-well basis – the chemical additives used in fracturing fluids. Additionally, additives represent less than 1% of the hydraulic fracturing fluid – the other 99+ percent is sand and water. As far as the chemicals used in the process, the Marcellus Shale […]

What is the role of the SRBC in overseeing/permitting withdrawals on a water-shed wide basin?

As you may know, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) regulates water withdrawals and consumptive water use in the river basin, for all industrial, including natural gas use. SRBC provides a great overview of its role in natural gas development. Click here to view that online. And while natural gas development continues at a steady […]

Why did the industry push for Act 13 which removes local zoning authority and places a gag order on physicians?

Despite claims, Act 13 dramatically expanded transparency and further modernized the commonwealth’s robust regulatory framework. As it relates to disclosure of fracturing fluids, click here and here to review the facts. And more here from Pa. DEP: “Act 13 provides for immediate, verbal communication of any proprietary information to emergency responders to ensure the necessary […]

Where is the intersection between local and state government and how is the local population protected?

Here in Pennsylvania, we have some of the strongest regulations in place to ensure that hydraulic fracturing is done in a way that protects our environment and our neighbors. In February 2012, Pennsylvania enacted Act 13, a comprehensive law that according to the Department of Environmental Protection, “enacted stronger environmental standards, authorized local governments to adopt […]

What is the administration doing to ensure the interests of the state are met in the long term?

The state government continues to effectively and tightly-regulated the safe development of natural gas in the Commonwealth. From a purely regulatory standpoint, in February 2012, Pennsylvania enacted Act 13, a comprehensive law that according to the Department of Environmental Protection, “enacted stronger environmental standards, authorized local governments to adopt an impact fee and built upon […]

Why is hydraulic fracturing for gas in the Marcellus Shale exempt from the Clean Water Act? Is it because it pollutes water?

This is one of the most common misconceptions out there. It is not exempt; in fact, the regulatory framework under which the natural gas industry operates in Pennsylvania is among the most stringent in the nation.  Indeed, clean-burning American natural gas development – which supports more than 240,000 Pennsylvania jobs, according to the Pa. Department […]

Why are you exporting the NG overseas and then claim it will lower our dependence on foreign energy?!!

Common sense policies that allow for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to our nation’s allies and global trading partners will lead to more American job creation, economic growth, a reduction in our trade imbalance, and cleaner air while bolstering national security. Earlier this year, the MSC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy on […]

What if the tax structure is too low?

Very few unbiased observers would argue that Pennsylvania’s tax structure is too low. According to the Washington, DC-based Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania has one of the highest corporate income taxes in the nation. Additionally, since 2006, the natural gas industry has sent more than $1.8 billion in tax revenue to Harrisburg, in addition to the $406 […]

How safe are extraction methods? Is it well regulated?

Natural gas development and production is highly- and effectively-regulated, with a broad range of safeguards and operational practices in place to ensure that our environment is protected. Click here and here to learn more.

Montgomery County Courts have given me a wage attachment that Shell cannot pay. I am a contractor. When will I benefit from the 12 Life Saving Rules by being given full custody of my daughter and pay commensurate with my skills and potential?

Thank you for your question, however we are not in a position to offer legal advice on your specific situation.  

How much do you pay lobbyists every year?

Like all major industries, engaging and educating public officials is critical to make certain we get this historic opportunity right for all 12 million Pennsylvanians. This requires the industry to employ government affairs professionals who provide expert insight on how various proposals will impact industry operations. Here in Pennsylvania, led by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, […]

How can we get legislation to fuel vehicles with natural gas and the benefits to other sectors and better air quality?

There is actually a lot of work being done to increase the use of natural gas in our vehicles. Gov. Tom Corbett, along with Democrat and Republican governors from across the country, are advancing practical policies aimed at expanding natural gas vehicles and refueling availability. In April, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives began considering several bills, collectively known as the […]

Who is responsible for the cumulative health impacts of shale extraction?

Oil and natural gas development has a long and storied history in Pennsylvania and across the nation. In fact, the first oil well was drilled in 1859 in the small town of Titusville, Pa and since that time, more than 350,000 oil and natural gas wells have been drilled in the commonwealth. As for “cumulative […]

Why does the government have to have a role in this endeavor? The private sector is well known to handle these projects far more efficiently and cost-effectively!

The government, both state and federal, plays a vital and important role in regulating oil and natural gas development. We believe that commonsense regulations that are enacted at the state level not only guide the industry, but provide the public with a sense of assurance that the industry is constructing wells with the highest degree […]

How is the MSC driving lobbying re. infrastructure funding?

While the Marcellus Shale Coalition and its over 300 members are certainly engaged in a multitude of policy and educational matters, our focus remains on issues directly related to natural gas development. Over the past few years, coalition member companies have invested more than $500 million in road repairs and construction. As an industry, we’re […]

How does the industry persuade the FERC to allow it to use existing ROW when building new pipeline infrastructure?

When possible, utilizing existing pipeline right of ways (ROWs) is always the first option for companies expanding the gathering and midstream network of pipelines. However, there is not a one-sized fits all approach, as some existing ROWs may not be the required width to accommodate additional lines.