MSC in Observer-Reporter: Shapiro’s report ‘disservice to commonwealth’

By David Spigelmyer In the event that you did not read Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s 243-paged natural gas report in its entirety, here’s the key takeaway: factually, legally inaccurate. That’s how dedicated Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) professionals described it, with the state’s top environmental regulators adding that Shapiro’s two-year taxpayer-funded effort “presents an […]

MSC Response to Attorney General Report

PITTSBURGH – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following response to the Attorney General’s report released earlier today. “Environmental safety and public health is a priority for the industry. The tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who work across the sector – building and union trades, professional engineers, environmental professionals, health and safety experts, […]

Natural Gas Impact Tax Generates $200M+ for Pa. Communities, Environmental, Conservation Programs

PITTSBURGH, PA – Revenues from Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact fee, or tax, have generated nearly $2 billion in less than a decade, Public Utility Commission data released today details, including more than $200 million last year. MSC president David Spigelmyer issued the follow comments on the announcement of revenues that directly support communities, statewide environmental, […]

MSC Congratulates Speaker Turzai on Career Dedicated to Service, Advancing Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa – Following Speaker Mike Turzai’s announcement this afternoon, Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement thanking the Speaker for his service and leadership to the Commonwealth. “Among his many accomplishments, Speaker Turzai has provided steady, unwavering leadership to create jobs, grow our economy and improve the Commonwealth’s competitiveness. He recognized […]

MSC in Morning-Call: How Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom has led to carbon emission cuts

By David Spigelmyer & Tony Seiwell This year, we celebrate Earth Day with cleaner air and water than when the event was created 50 years ago, thanks to decades of collaboration and innovation. The United States is well positioned for continued environmental success, with American natural gas serving as the latest catalyst for positive progress. […]

Marcellus Shale Coalition Thanks Medical Professionals, Donates Meals to Wayne Memorial Hospital Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

HONESDALE, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and several of its members donated lunches to say ‘Thank You’ to doctors, nurses, first responders and staff at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. The MSC, along with members Alta Resources, Cabot Oil & Gas, Chevron, Greylock Energy, Olympus Energy, Penn E&R, Range Resources, and Southwestern […]

Marcellus Shale Coalition Donates Meals to Thank Medical Professionals at UPMC Williamsport Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and several of its members donated 800 lunches today to say ‘Thank You’ to doctors, nurses, first responders, and staff at UPMC Williamsport. The MSC, along with members Alta Resources, Cabot Oil and Gas, Chevron, Greylock Energy, Olympus Energy, Penn E&R, Range Resources and Southwestern Energy, provided […]

Marcellus Shale Coalition Thanks Medical Professionals, Donates Meals to Washington Health System Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and several of its members donated 1,000 lunches today to say ‘Thank You’ to doctors, nurses, first responders and staff at the Washington Health System hospitals in Washington and Greene Counties. The MSC, along with members Alta Resources, Cabot Oil & Gas, Chevron, Greylock Energy, Olympus Energy, […]

MSC in Hart Energy: Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Spigelmyer Sees Positive Outlook

Despite headwinds facing Appalachia natural gas drillers, the president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, David Spigelmyer, told Hart Energy the news is not all bad from the region. These are tough times for natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania, the center of the Marcellus Shale. A persistent glut of natural gas has led to a price […]

MSC in Bradford Era: Domestic Shale Revolution ‘Transformed America’

Concerns of scarcity, rising prices, men and women in uniform protecting our nation and increasing dependence on foreign nations to fulfill our energy demands defined the energy outlook of the early and mid-2000s. America was not “apt to return to a period of relative abundance and low prices, anytime soon,” then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan […]

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Soto Bill to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing to Devastate Working Families, Jeopardize Pa. Union Jobs

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Following the introduction of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to ban the safe, responsible use of hydraulic fracturing, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “Banning the safe and strongly regulated use of hydraulic fracturing would bring our economy to a standstill. It […]

MSC Thanks President Trump for Recognizing American Energy Strength During State of the Union Address

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Dave Spigelmyer issued this statement following President Trump’s State of the Union Address: “Presidents since the Eisenhower administration have used the State of the Union to address the need for greater American energy security, a critical issue to virtually every voter across the political spectrum. Under President […]

Additional Energy Taxes Jeopardize Jobs, Increase Consumer Costs

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Following Governor Wolf’s announcement today to pursue additional energy taxes through Restore PA, Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “Amid a sharp market downturn, Governor Wolf’s plan for additional energy taxes jeopardizes job-creating investment in Pennsylvania and will be a gut-punch to the hard-working employees, building trades union […]

MSC in PennLive: Raising drilling permit fees by 150 percent will hurt Pennsylvania’s economy

Concerns of scarcity, rising prices, men and women in uniform protecting our nation and increasing dependence on foreign nations to fulfill our energy demands defined the energy outlook of the early and mid-2000s. America was not “apt to return to a period of relative abundance and low prices, anytime soon,” then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan […]

Marcellus Shale Coalition Thanks Speaker Turzai for Leadership, Service

PITTSBURGH, Pa – Following Speaker Mike Turzai’s retirement announcement, Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement thanking the Speaker for his service and leadership to the Commonwealth. “Speaker Turzai recognized early shale’s truly generational opportunity, and his leadership has been unwavering in support of leveraging our abundant natural gas resources for the […]

MSC-API-PIOGA Public Health Research Statement

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Following the announcement of new public health research today by Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Levine, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association issued the following joint statement: “We appreciate and share Governor Wolf’s commitment to determining cause of […]

MSC Celebrates a Decade of Development, Looks to Promising Opportunities Ahead

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – During its 10th annual meeting, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new video, “Scarcity to Abundance: American Energy Strength”, celebrating the economic, environmental and national security progress enabled by shale development. “We produce more energy in the U.S. than anywhere in the world – and we do it safely with our […]

President Trump to Headline SHALE INSIGHT™ 2019

The President will discuss the importance of American energy development in driving job creation, economic and environmental progress, and strengthened national security PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Highlighting the importance of domestic energy development to America’s economic growth, environmental progress, and national security, President Donald J. Trump will provide keynote remarks during the 9th annual SHALE INSIGHT™ […]

MSC in Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Ban on natural gas development would reverse environmental progress

We applaud the Sun-Gazette for sharing the devastating impact that a hydraulic fracturing ban, as proposed by some presidential candidates, would have on consumers, our economy, the environment and our national security (“Dem candidates being irresponsible by calling for ban against fracking,” Sept. 21). The elimination of hydraulic fracturing and fossil fuels as some have […]

MSC in The Hill: Public policy should support, not eliminate, technology behind shale gas revolution

A flood of climate plans has been released recently by 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, with some centering on eliminating the very technology that’s driving economic growth and environmental progress. Banning the safe, responsible use of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” unequivocally threatens U.S. national security, good-paying jobs and the continued opportunity for environmental progress.  Clean, domestic natural […]

MSC in Newsday: Cuomo’s policies impeding progress

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s policies to block energy infrastructure projects are squarely to blame for the lack of new access to natural gas. Consumers and small businesses across the metropolitan area are feeling the pinch of these poor decisions [“Business groups urging Cuomo to approve gas pipeline,” News, Aug. 29]. Blocking the proposed Williams Co. […]

MSC in Pittsburgh Business Times: Stick with an energy solution that’s already working

Working to outflank one another, politicians – including many vying for the White House – have put forth lofty promises and bumper sticker goals on America’s energy policy. Lost in the political bluster is a solution that’s already working: American natural gas – the clean, low-cost resource found in abundance across Appalachia. While natural gas […]

Natural Gas Impact Tax Works for Butler County

MSC joins Butler County Commissioners, area elected officials and other local leaders to discuss the positive benefit of the natural gas tax BUTLER, Pa. – Awarded more than $8 million this year, Pennsylvania’s existing tax on natural gas – the impact fee – is a winning policy solution that works for Butler County, industry and […]

Natural Gas Drives Rust Belt Revival

Marcellus Shale Coalition applauds Trump administration’s efforts to unleash American energy dominance MONACA, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement ahead of President Trump’s visit to the Shell Petrochemicals Complex under construction in Beaver County today. The facility will turn low-cost ethane from shale gas production in the Appalachia region […]

MSC in New Castle News: Additional energy taxes will cost consumers, jobs

Editor, The News: Pennsylvania’s existing tax on natural gas development — the impact fee — is a policy solution that’s working as designed. This fact was unfortunately missing from a July 24 article (“Governor’s proposed plan to fix blight and internet availability in city”) covering the Wolf administration’s plan that would triple-tax energy development in […]

MSC in RealClear Energy: Unrealistic Energy Policies Sting American Consumers

The United States is the global energy production leader, yet 23 million Americans across the Northeast face energy reliability and affordability challenges. These issues are not from a lack of natural gas production – instead, from the politically motivated, irrational decisions of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to prevent energy infrastructure from being built.    More […]

MSC in PennLive: A rising tide lifts all boats: supporting an energy-enabled economy

By David Spigelmyer With better-than-expected tax revenue collections and more than six million Pennsylvanians employed in the workforce – an all-time high – the Commonwealth’s economic outlook is increasingly bright. Fewer Pennsylvanians are looking for work than at any time since August 2000. The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate is currently the lowest since 1976. Tax collections […]

MSC in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Natural gas companies are committed to public safety

As parents, we are saddened by the reports of children and families in our region affected by cancer. Make no mistake, our organizations — and the tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who produce clean, domestic energy — welcome and encourage additional science-based and objective research from the state Department of Health that considers all possible […]

Natural Gas Impact Tax Generates $251+ Million in 2018

Record revenues directly benefit local communities and statewide environmental programs PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax generated more than a quarter-billion dollars in revenue last year, the Public Utility Commission announced this morning. Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer released the following statement on the latest impact tax revenues, which is paid in addition […]

MSC in Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Natural gas impact tax working

Over the years, we have heard local leaders use one word to describe Pennsylvania’s unique tax on natural gas development: “Godsend.” Without the tax revenue delivered directly to local communities, buying that new fire truck, fixing the courthouse dome or improving the biking trail just wouldn’t have been possible. Seven years after its implementation, we continue to […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Energy Tax

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement in response to the introduction of Gov. Wolf’s energy tax proposal: “Gov. Wolf, who we deeply respect, has said that he’s ‘not a product of our political system.’ Yet today’s proposal is nothing new and certainly not a solution to Pennsylvania’s big […]

Natural Gas Impact Tax Works for Pennsylvania’s Communities

MSC joins the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce and other regional leaders to discuss the benefits of the natural gas impact tax WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s unique tax on natural gas, the impact tax, is on track to generate nearly $1.7 billion since 2012, including a record $247 million this year in new revenue that directly […]

MSC in Delco Times: Gas producers are pushing technology

To the Times: Readers deserve critical context and facts that were omitted from Rep. Vitali’s recent op-ed on emissions (“Gov. Wolf’s methane proposal falls short,” May 3). The industry-driven innovation that spurred the shale revolution a decade ago is now aimed at improving operations, as natural gas producers are investing in technology and developing best […]

MSC in The Daily Item: State’s impact fee is a winning solution

A recent column from Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis M. Davin (“Correcting the record about the severance tax,” Apr. 30) omitted the funding solution that’s currently improving infrastructure in each of the 67 counties and driving broad economic and environmental benefits for all Pennsylvanians. The commonwealth’s unique natural gas tax — the […]

MSC in Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Solutions to leveraging resource

An April 7th editorial (“Use caution with Wolf’s gas tax proposal”) almost got it right: Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan creates “a triple-tax” on natural gas that will be shouldered by consumers and jeopardize good-paying jobs. In addition to the taxes required to be paid by every entity doing business in the Commonwealth, the state’s […]

Executive Order Helps Connect Americans to Clean, Affordable Natural Gas

MSC joins union building trades in applauding executive action promoting American energy infrastructure PITTSBURGH, Pa. – President Trump’s executive order is a major step in the right direction to ensure the energy infrastructure is in place connecting American families, small businesses and manufacturers to abundant, affordable and clean natural gas, the president of the Appalachian […]

MSC in Delco Times: Pa. natural gas fees already helping state

To the Times: Pennsylvania’s current tax on natural gas generates hundreds of millions of dollars annually for key infrastructure improvements, but it is a tax that Governor Wolf ignores in a March 17 column (“Tom Wolf has a vision to Restore Pennsylvania”). The natural gas impact fee – or tax – is on track to […]

MSC in Philadelphia Inquirer: Natural Gas Drives Pa. Air Quality Progress

Banning the safe production and use of clean, affordable and domestic natural gas, as shared in a Feb. 14 column, is a surefire way to reverse environmental progress and squash sustained economic growth, especially among Pennsylvania’s working middle class. Despite the outspoken views of extreme activists, we don’t have to choose between a healthy, thriving […]

MSC in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Impact fee provides many benefits in Pa.

We agree with the Post-Gazette’s support for strengthening Pennsylvania’s infrastructure, but the paper’s Feb. 13 editorial “Paying Their Fair Share” ignores the current funding solution that generates hundreds of millions of dollars annually for infrastructure, community and environmental programs. Pennsylvania’s unique tax on natural gas — the impact fee — is projected to generate nearly […]

MSC in Bucks County Courier Times: Prohibiting shale development defies common sense

For more than a decade, responsible shale development across Pennsylvania has generated unprecedented opportunities to provide sustainable and broad-based economic and environmental benefits to our region and the nation. Unfortunately, a Feb. 4 editorial ignores these facts in misguidedly supporting an unconstitutional ban on safe, responsible natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin. While we cannot […]

MSC in the Westchester County Business Journal: Cuomo administration’s energy blockade

To the editor: Westchester County is “in a panic,” the Business Journal reported last week, as consumers can’t access American natural gas supplies they need. This burden for New York families has been created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who continues to block job-creating natural gas pipeline projects. New York was the fifth-largest natural gas consumer […]

MSC in The Citizens’ Voice: Develop policies that encourage natural gas development

Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas – the impact fee – generates hundreds of millions of dollars annually for critical infrastructure programs across the entire Commonwealth, a fact omitted in your Feb. 4 editorial, “Wolf’s test for lawmakers.” Revenues generated from the natural gas tax are projected to hit a record $247 million this year, and […]

MSC in PennLive: Pa.’s future depends on the continued growth, diversification of its energy portfolio

By Gene Barr, David Spigelmyer and David N. Taylor As we kick off the legislative session and look ahead to Governor Wolf’s budget address, there are many challenges facing our divided government. And yet, there is common ground that transcends party lines and regional boundaries. From Erie to Philadelphia, Pennsylvanians support strong economic growth, steady job […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Energy Tax Increase

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement on Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to increase energy taxes. “Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas – the impact fee – generates hundreds of millions of dollars annually for critical infrastructure programs across the entire Commonwealth. This existing annual tax revenue, when combined with other […]

MSC in Observer-Reporter: America cannot afford to ‘keep it in the ground’

By David Spigelmyer and Gene Barr Infrastructure is the framework upon which our lives are built. Whether it’s the roads and bridges that get us where we need to go, the power grid providing around-the-clock electricity, or the pipelines connecting consumers and manufacturers to abundant, affordable oil and natural gas, today’s world depends on a […]

MSC in Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Natural gas can help curb climate change

Clean, local natural gas is the fundamental driver behind reducing greenhouse gas emissions and curbing climate change – a critical fact often missing from the ongoing climate debate. As the nation’s second largest natural gas producer, Pennsylvania is at the forefront of leveraging this clean fuel source to enhance air quality and stimulate enormous economic […]

MSC in Butler Eagle: Pa. power already hits Paris targets

Clean, local natural gas is the fundamental driver behind reducing greenhouse gas emissions and curbing climate change — a critical fact often missing from the ongoing climate debate. As the nation’s second largest natural gas producing state, Pennsylvania is at the forefront of leveraging this clean fuel source to enhance air quality and stimulate enormous […]

MSC in Washington Examiner: American natural gas will help solve global energy poverty

Think of the last time the lights went out. When we lose power, we are immediately reminded by every inconvenience — by the inability to heat, cook, and charge our phones — of our complete dependence on reliable, affordable, on-demand energy. Americans are blessed never to worry about whether electricity will be there when we need it. […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: Natural gas cleanly powers our modern world

By David Spigelmyer Clean natural gas is the fundamental driver behind reducing greenhouse gas emissions and curbing climate change — a plot line unmistakably absent from the narrative of a recently aired National Geographic documentary, “Paris to Pittsburgh.” The United States is the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer and the global leader in […]

MSC Releases Annual Video: “Pennsylvania’s Energy Advantage”

Video Highlights Region’s Bright Energy Future PITTSBURGH,Pa. – During its annual meeting this week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released Pennsylvania’s Energy Advantage, a new video highlighting the local and national economic, environmental and security benefits of American natural gas. “Pennsylvania is blessed with an energy advantage that gives our region the ability to compete […]