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 […]

MSC in Scranton Times-Tribune: Recent editorials advance misguided policy

Editor: Policies advanced in two recent Times-Tribune editorials are misguided and represent bad public policy. A proposal regarding natural gas lease agreements (“House whiffs on fair gas royalties,”Oct. 12) ignores settled case law, for which the solution proposed is an unconstitutional effort to change existing contracts. The severance tax proposal pushed by Gov. Tom Wolf […]

MSC in PennLive: PennLive’s editorial didn’t tell the whole story on Marcellus money

A recent PennLive/Patriot-News editorial regrettably relies on a sloppily compiled report containing numerous, glaring errors. Though the report claims to tally shale-related political contributions, it included non-industry donors, such as wind, nuclear and utility companies. Specifically, the report considered contributions from a Pittsburgh-area Coca-Cola distributor, a federal credit union and the Humane Society of the […]

MSC in Pocono Record: Pa. has a natural gas tax

Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax continues to pay off for communities around the state. Last week, the Commonwealth Financing Authority announced grants for 123 projects, including many locally. That’s great news to celebrate — and it’s important to remember that those grants, which support playgrounds, trails, flood mitigation and other environmental programs, are funded through Pennsylvania’s […]

MSC in Observer-Reporter: Natural gas driving force behind Pa. manufacturing growth

By David Spigelmyer, David Taylor and Gene Barr Pennsylvania is steeped with a rich manufacturing history – boosted by a blue collar, hardworking spirit upon which Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the surrounding communities was built and is hardwired into our DNA. While manufacturing has ebbed and flowed for generations, Pennsylvania is making things again, and that […]

Pa. Energy Taxes for $200, Alex — Make it a True Daily Double!

Answer: Pa.’s tax on natural gas. Question: What is the impact fee or tax? PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Last night, before a sold-out room at the Pa. Chamber of Business & Industry’s 34th annual dinner, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek moderated a gubernatorial debate between Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner. While debate moderators have […]

MSC in Scranton Times-Tribune: Recent editorial falls woefully short of full truth

Relying on a deeply biased so-called “report,” a recent Times-Tribune editorial (“Disclose all fracking chemicals,” Sept. 13) falls woefully short of providing your readers with legitimate facts. For starters, hydraulic fracturing fluids are typically made up of more than 99 percent water and sand, and less than 1 percent of highly diluted additives that we […]

MSC in Bradford Era: Natural gas a winner for region

It’s an absolute fact that natural gas development continues to be an economic and environmental winner for our region. But a letter to the editor (“Rural Pennsylvania Needs a New Voice”) shares misleading and downright false information regarding this important, job-creating, economic driver of the Commonwealth’s economy. Pennsylvania has a unique way of taxing natural […]

MSC in Delaware Co. Daily Times: Common ground for Pa.: Natural gas is delivering results for citizens

By David Spigelmyer As we move deeper into this election season, candidates will crisscross the state offering solutions to create jobs, grow the economy, protect our environment, keep us safe, and increase revenues, among many campaign promises. Even though it may seem like there’s much that pulls us apart, the need for clean, reliable and […]

MSC in Post-Gazette: Shale gas is saving Pennsylvanians on their energy costs

By David Spigelmyer A rock formation more than a mile beneath the Earth’s surface is generating billions of dollars in energy savings for Pennsylvanians. And those savings are particularly helpful to low-income households, who typically pay, as the Post-Gazette has reported, “a higher percentage of their income toward energy costs.” That formation includes the Marcellus […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: Impact fee pays Pa. municipalities dividends

By David Spigelmyer In central Pennsylvania, boaters and anglers can use two new access points to enjoy the scenic Juniata River. Near Wilkes-Barre, workers will rehabilitate four steel bridges that have fallen into disrepair. In Williamsport, a new $16 million airport terminal broke ground early this spring. And in Westmoreland County, the DiVirgilio Sports Complex […]

Natural Gas Impact Fee Generates $209.5M, Approaches $1.5B in New Revenues Since 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Today, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced nearly $210 million in natural gas impact fee disbursements for drilling activity occurring in 2017. “Pennsylvania’s impact fee – a special drilling tax that is paid on top of all other business taxes assessed in the Commonwealth – is working as designed by enabling […]

MSC in Morning Call: Improving energy infrastructure key to nation’s security, economy

By David Spigelmyer Across the nation this past week, business groups, trade unions and consumer advocates came together to discuss the importance of improving and expanding the critical infrastructure that powers America. The message of National Infrastructure Week — “It’s Time to Build” — is one Pennsylvanians have known to be true for many years […]

MSC in PennLive: Just Say ‘No’ to Wolf’s Latest Severance Tax Push

By David Spigelmyer Political stunts and double-speak appear to be the hallmarks of this election season, especially when it comes to safe, job-creating natural gas development. Pennsylvania politicians – starting with the driver of the navy blue Jeep – claim they want the job creation, community benefits and economic growth that natural gas delivers. In […]

Higher Energy Taxes Will Harm Pennsylvania Families, Local Jobs

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement on Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to increase energy taxes and harm Pennsylvania families, small businesses and consumers. “Governor Wolf’s proposal for additional energy taxes will cost Pennsylvanians jobs, raise home energy costs for consumers, all while not helping a single student or […]

MSC Statement on DEP Mechanical Integrity Assessment Program

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued this statement following the release today of Pa. DEP’s Mechanical Integrity Assessment Program data, which demonstrates the industry’s clear and strong record of environmental protection and regulatory compliance: “At a time when anti-energy activists are seeking to undermine the integrity and safety of our operations, […]

MSC in Phila. Inquirer: Gov. Wolf’s Policies Don’t Match His Rhetoric When It Comes to Natural Gas

By David Spigelmyer Gov. Wolf recently shared some encouraging insights on Pennsylvania’s energy future. “The shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin represent enormous economic opportunity,” he said in a news release announcing efforts aimed at attracting more manufacturing to the commonwealth. If only the governor’s policies matched his rhetoric, which continues to threaten the […]

MSC in Times-Tribune: Higher Energy Taxes Burden Working Families

Editor: Pennsylvanians expect our leaders in Harrisburg to focus on common-sense solutions that encourage and support job creation. Unfortunately, Gov. Tom Wolf once again puts politics first by proposing another energy tax increase. As The Times-Tribune editorial (“Conditions favor Wolf’s key initiative,” Feb. 8). correctly states, “consumers ultimately will pay (the tax).” With natural gas […]

MSC in Providence Journal: Rolling blackouts, skyrocketing costs

By David Spigelmyer While Americans across the country benefit from energy savings tied to greater domestic production, consumers in one of our nation’s most densely populated regions remain energy starved because of misguided, dangerous policies. Lacking modern infrastructure access to Marcellus Shale production, millions of New Englanders continue to face skyrocketing costs and the prospect […]