MSC in Post-Gazette: Natural gas is a cornerstone for climate, economic progress

By David Callahan Growing up in Pennsylvania’s northern tier, the son of parents who proudly worked for the local natural gas utility, energy was always a topic of conversation. Today, as it was back in ’70s — a decade when energy scarcity made us realize the importance of energy to many facets of our daily […]

DRBC Fracking Ban Tramples on Sound Science & Private Property Rights

Biden administration breaks promise to Pennsylvanians, refuses to stop fracking ban that harms working-class northeastern PA families  PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president David Callahan blasted the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) for violating private property rights and ignoring sound science in a vote banning the critical American natural gas development technology of […]

MSC to Gov. Wolf: You “Simply Don’t Get It”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Callahan issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s repeated call earlier today for even higher energy taxes: “Gov. Wolf and his team simply don’t get it. Pennsylvania already has a severance tax – it’s the impact fee, which has funded $2+ billion for community […]

MSC on WPXI-TV: Natural Gas Sector Enters Year with Bright Outlook

MSC’s David Callahan joined Our Region’s Business on WPXI-TV to discuss recent energy policies and the broader basin’s outlook.

MSC in Butler Eagle: Pipeline cancellation draws mixed views

Bearish, bullish outlooks abound on industry development The Keystone XL Pipeline end point is about 1,000 miles from Butler. But some in the energy industries worry about the effects of the project’s cancellation in Western Pennsylvania. David Spigelmyer, recently retired president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, said President Joe Biden’s order revoking the pipeline’s permit […]

MSC Announces David Spigelmyer’s Retirement, Welcomes New President

David Callahan to assume leadership of top natural gas advocacy organization PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president David Spigelmyer announced his retirement today after nearly 40-years of service to the natural gas industry, the past seven years leading the Coalition, during the organization’s winter virtual membership meeting. David Callahan, who most recently was […]

Gov. Wolf’s Energy Tax Hike Will Harm Pa.’s Economic Recovery, Consumers

“If the goal is to tax the very product that is helping combat this pandemic, put more Pennsylvanians out of work, burden consumers with higher energy costs, add more layers of taxpayer debt, and to deepen our foreign energy reliance, then Governor Wolf’s plan is the right one.” Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president David Spigelmyer issued […]

MSC Highlights Strength, Resilience of American Natural Gas

Annual video underscores long-term demand for domestic energy; Pennsylvania’s leading role PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new video – “American Energy Resilience” – during its 11th Annual Membership Meeting Tuesday, highlighting the year’s key accomplishments. “American natural gas remains a top priority for Pennsylvania voters, who understand the benefits this […]

MSC Congratulates President-Elect Biden

Voters Sent Clear Message of Support for American Natural Gas PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement congratulating President-Elect Biden and underscoring the strong voter support for American natural gas: “Throughout this historic election cycle, voters were absolutely clear that Pennsylvania natural gas is critically important to their […]

MSC Congratulates New & Re-Elected Members of Pa. General Assembly

Voters Across Commonwealth Sent Clear Message of Support for American Natural Gas PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement congratulating the new and re-elected members of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly on their election outcomes: “It’s clear Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly support the clean, affordable, reliable energy that natural gas delivers […]

MSC Thanks Senator Toomey for Leadership, Service to Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Following Senator Pat Toomey’s announcement today that he will not be seeking reelection in 2022, the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s president David Spigelmyer released this statement: “Pennsylvania is fortunate for Senator Toomey’s principled pragmatism as well as his decency and thoughtfulness. Senator Toomey’s bipartisan approach to common sense and market-focused policies has enabled […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: Natural gas bridges the partisan divide

Presidential elections too often focus on polarizing issues that divide us rather than areas of common ground that bring us together. No matter one’s political views, a thriving economy, sustained job growth with family-supporting wages and benefits, a healthy environment, and our nation’s security will always enjoy broad bipartisan support. Thankfully with American natural gas, […]

MSC, Steamfitters 420 in PennLive: Union trades, natural gas partnership to lead Pa. recovery

By David Spigelmyer and Jim Snell Selfless and hardworking Americans in Delaware County producing plastic-based personal protective equipment; EMTs, doctors, nurses and medical professionals working around the clock on the pandemic’s front lines; skilled laborers supporting the safe production, transportation and generation of natural gas fired electricity. These are among the many heroes we salute […]

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 […]