MSC in Times-Tribune: Higher Energy Taxes Threaten Pa. Jobs

In an Aug. 1 editorial, The Times-Tribune demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of basic economics and current market realities. Contrary to the assertions, a proposed increase Pennsylvania’s energy tax on natural gas threatens tens of thousands of good-paying Pennsylvania jobs as well as shale’s broad consumer, environmental and manufacturing benefits. All 67 counties throughout the commonwealth […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Summer 2015

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MSC in the Beaver County Times: Even Higher Energy Taxes Jeopardize Shale’s Benefits

Small businesses and laborers across the Commonwealth as well as the county’s state representatives are absolutely right: Gov. Wolf’s highest-in-the-nation energy tax will jeopardize shale’s clear economic and environmental benefits, discourage growth and threaten good-paying jobs. As Rep. Jim Christiana correctly states, Gov. Wolf’s massive energy tax hike will subsidize high-cost energy forms like wind […]

MSC in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Let Natural Gas Flow Without Severance Levy

We applaud Rep. Greg Vitali’s honesty regarding Gov. Wolf’s massive proposed energy tax increase, which would give the state the nation’s highest effective tax rate on natural gas production, 17.1 percent, according to the Independent Fiscal Office (“Pa. needs Wolf plan to invest in energy,” June 18). While Wolf and other higher energy tax advocates […]

MSC in the Post-Gazette: The PG Missed Critical Context in Reports on Fracking

The Post-Gazette’s June 12 story and June 14 editorial on the American Medical Association’s hydraulic fracturing-related resolution (“AMA Blasts Secret Shale Records” and “Healthy Interest: The Public Must Know Fracking Solution Content,” respectively) failed to provide critical context and verifiable facts. First, consider the source — or as President Ronald Reagan said: “Trust, but verify.” […]

MSC in Philadelphia Inquirer: Wolf’s Energy Tax is Nation’s Highest

Several critical facts were glaringly absent from the pitch for higher energy taxes by the governor’s policy director (“Gas tax needed,” June 4). There was no mention that Gov. Wolf’s massive energy tax represents the nation’s highest, according to the state’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office. Further, both Wolf and the fiscal office have acknowledged that […]

MSC in the Butler Eagle: “Even higher energy taxes will cost our region jobs”

It’s incredibly unfortunate that a recent editorial (“Gov. Wolf Would Do Well to Consent to ‘Grand Deal’”, May 20) supports even higher energy taxes that will hurt small businesses, union building trades, and consumers across the entire commonwealth, especially in Butler County. If Harrisburg puts even higher energy taxes in place, every Pennsylvanian — including […]

MSC in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Don’t Derail Natural Gas Boom

As Memorial Day kicks off the “summer driving season,” families across the region and the nation will be hitting the road. This year, thankfully, consumers are paying less at the pump while realizing significant energy-related savings – from home heating to electricity bills – due to responsible shale development. And in today’s economy, every bit […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Spring 2015

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MSC in the Sunbury Daily Item: “Opportunity for All”

An April 3 column (“Forward Thinking: The Case for an Extraction Tax”) fundamentally fails to recognize the potentially economically devastating impact that higher energy taxes could have on the commonwealth’s small business and organized labor community as well local governments. Thanks to responsible shale development, thousands of Pennsylvanians are now working in family-supporting careers, our […]

MSC Statement on Potential Gas Committee Report

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued this statement on today’s release of the Potential Gas Committee’s latest biennial assessment of the nation’s natural gas resources: “Thanks to shale, the U.S. has rapidly transformed from a nation preparing to import natural gas to meet our domestic needs to one that now leads […]

MSC in Post-Gazette: “Shale Development is Safe and Well-Regulated in Pa.”

President Barack Obama’s Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, a trained petroleum engineer, was right when she said recently that “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking.” Unfortunately, a recent column (“A Cautionary Tale for Shale,” March 22 Forum) was full of unsubstantiated claims and suggestions that perpetuate misinformation about shale development. The Post-Gazette’s readers deserve […]

MSC in the Tribune-Review: Higher Energy Taxes Stunt Pa.’s Economic Momentum

Natural gas development in the commonwealth continues to be an absolute game changer for every one of our 67 counties, bringing positive progress and broad-based benefits to all Pennsylvanians. This is especially true on the job-creation and tax-revenue front as well as the opportunity for a regional manufacturing rebirth. Yet Gov. Tom Wolf is offering […]

MSC in Pottstown Mercury: Higher Energy Taxes Will Hurt Natural Gas Industry, Pa. Jobs

A Feb. 22 editorial claiming the “Extraction tax on natural gas should be considered,” fails to acknowledge critical facts about new energy taxes and the basic economic realities associated with such policies, especially as it relates to capital investment and continued job growth. While the paper believes that higher energy taxes are the “least painful” […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: “Natural gas development in the Commonwealth continues to be an absolute game-changer for each and every one of our 67 counties, bringing about positive progress and broad-based benefits to all Pennsylvanians. This is […]

MSC in York Dispatch: Tax on Drillers Would Jeopardize Jobs

A Feb. 14 editorial endorsing Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal for higher taxes on natural gas production fundamentally fails to recognize the basic economic realities associated with capital investment and continued job growth. Despite the paper’s claims, higher energy taxes would squander a tremendous opportunity and jeopardize the small business and union jobs, as well as […]

MSC in Delaware County Times: Higher Energy Taxes Will Stifle Pa. Growth

A Feb. 21 editorial, claiming the “Wolf is right: Tax natural gas industry,” fails to acknowledge critical facts about new energy taxes and the basic economic realities associated with such policies, especially as it relates to capital investment and continued job growth. While the paper believes that higher energy taxes are the “least painful” choice, […]

MSC in Phila. Daily News: “Hydraulic Fracturing is Well-Regulated and Safe”

President Obama’s interior secretary, Sally Jewel, recently noted that “there is a lot of misinformation about fracking.” She’s absolutely right, and a Daily News editorial (“Tracking fracking”) is a classic display of this ignorance. First, according to any number of regulatory experts – including top Obama administration officials – hydraulic fracturing is well-regulated and safe. […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Energy Tax Proposal

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement on Governor Wolf’s new energy tax proposal unveiled today in Thorndale, Pennsylvania: “Governor Wolf fails to acknowledge that the natural gas industry already pays significant taxes in Pennsylvania. Natural gas operators pay the same taxes that every other business in Pennsylvania pays, […]

MSC in Times-Leader: Pa.’s Regulations Among Nation’s Strongest

President Barack Obama’s Interior secretary, Sally Jewel, recently stated that “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking.” She’s absolutely right, and a Jan. 5 online editorial (“Natural gas era unfolds in Pennsylvania without a cohesive strategy to make it sane and safe”) reflects that. While we absolutely agree with the newspaper’s Opinion Board that […]

MSC in Herald-Standard: Pa. Has a World-Class Regulatory Framework

A recent editorial in the Herald-Standard – which draws on the paper’s news reporting – fundamentally failed to provide your readers with important facts, data and science about tightly-regulated shale development. Neither the paper’s news report or the editorial make mention of the clear fact that PennEnvironment is an out-of-the-mainstream advocacy group that harshly opposes […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2015

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MSC President Lays out the Facts in Altoona Mirror

Several basic facts related to the revenue generated by responsible shale gas development were ignored in a recent Altoona Mirror editorial (“Shale tax needs to be implemented,” Jan. 4). Not only does your outlet fail to mention the $630 million generated through a natural gas impact fee tax or the $2.1 billion in tax revenue […]

MSC in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Severance Tax Ignores Shale Gas Market Realities

A recent column (“Pennsylvania Needs and Can Afford a Shale Gas Severance Tax,” Jan. 18 Forum) offers a false narrative about basic economic realities associated with new energy taxes, capital investment and continued job growth. These academics, who have collaborated with advocacy groups for new taxes on job creators, ignore the fact that shale development […]

MSC lays out the “Marcellus Facts” in Butler Eagle

A recent letter to the editor from Len Schoettker is riddled with misinformation and claims that simply run contrary to the facts. Eagle readers and my neighbors in Butler County deserve accurate information, not rhetoric designed to divide this community and instill fear. Here are some important facts and context: According to the U.S. Environmental […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: Impact Fee Tax Overwhelmingly Benefits Pennsylvania

Tom Wolf’s pledge to add a severance tax on energy producers is irresponsible and does not take into account the downside for most Pennsylvanians and the communities where they live. His potential job-crushing energy tax on shale development would harm Pennsylvania’s economy, cost jobs and shortchange the potential benefits for the long-term success of our […]

MSC Releases New Video: “Unifying America”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Following its annual meeting this week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new year-in-review video titled Shale: Unifying America. “This video highlights and reflects the game-changing benefits tied to safe, job-creating shale development for our communities, the entire Commonwealth and our nation,” said MSC President Dave Spigelmyer. “Shale truly is, in every sense, […]

MSC in Butler Eagle: New energy taxes will make Pa. less competitive

While the Oct. 7 editorial (Debate over natural gas exports is complicated) suggests the United States should go slow on strengthening energy security through expanding natural gas trade with our key allies around the world, these common sense policies are supported by the White House, congressional Democrats and Republicans, independent national security experts and economists […]

MSC: Landmark study reflects “the industry’s long and clear record of protecting our environment”

NOTE: The leading industry group in Pennsylvania said the DOE study reaffirms that hydraulic fracturing “is a safe and well-regulated technology.” Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer said that the study reflects “the industry’s long and clear record of continuously working to enhance regulations and best practices aimed at protecting our environment.” PITTSBURGH (AP) — The […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Fall 2014

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New Video: “Shale Impact Fee Benefits all of Pennsylvania”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new online video highlighting the broad-based benefits being realized across Pennsylvania associated with shale impact fee tax revenues. The video – entitled “Shale Impact Fee Benefits all of Pennsylvania” – features facts, figures and examples of how the $630 million in impact fee tax […]

Pittsburgh Business Times: MSC Demystifying the Fracking Process

A veteran of the natural gas industry, David Spigelmyer was tapped to lead the Marcellus Shale Coalition last October, taking over the reins of an organization he helped to found. As the coalition’s president, he is serving as the industry’s representative to the public during a time of unprecedented and rapid growth. Among his aims […]

MSC in the Pittsburgh Business Times: Pa. producing 20% of national gas supply

Pennsylvania’s shale gas wells yielded a record amount of natural gas during the first six months of 2014, producing about 1.9 trillion cubic feet, according to data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Compared to the last six months of 2013, production increased a bit more than 14 percent. And compared to the […]

MSC op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Pa. Reaps Natural Gas Benefits”

By: David Spigelmyer “Pennsylvania energy will continue to create good jobs and enormous shared benefits for decades if policymakers chose to harness – rather than discourage – these opportunities.” The year was 1859. The scene was a small Pennsylvania town called Titusville. What happened there changed the world forever, and for the better. Oil – […]

MSC Sets the Record Straight in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At a recent U.S. Department of Energy hearing in Pittsburgh, a Laborers’ International Union of North America official stated that shale is transforming “people’s lives by providing steady, quality long-term employment,” adding: “For many, it has been a path out of poverty.” “Normally I don’t write about fracking,” admitted Dan Simpson in a July 30 […]

MSC Issues Annual Workforce Survey Results

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released the results of its annual workforce survey [click here for detailed pdf. overview]. The findings – based on 2013 data – were provided by a large majority of MSC member companies, representing nearly 95% of Pennsylvania’s shale production. “Shale development represents a generational opportunity for […]

MSC in Williamsport Sun-Gazette: “Pa. needs more jobs, not new energy taxes”

State Rep. Rick Mirabito’s recent claims regarding proposed new energy taxes on shale development (“Lawmaker weighs in on severance tax debate,” July 17) are unsupported by basic economic realities that inform business decisions. To be clear: New job-crushing energy taxes will not only harm landowners and small businesses, but will also undercut future job-creating benefits […]

MSC in Morning Call: Pa., U.S. Benefit from Clean-Burning Natural Gas

Columnist Paul Carpenter’s most recent attack (“A tale of two legislators: the gas-drilling drama”) on the thousands of hardworking men and women that make up Pennsylvania’s shale industry was offensive and deeply ill-informed. Mr. Carpenter’s patronizing words — which seek to belittle the countless locally based small businesses and labor organizations that are hiring more […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: “Our members are good corporate citizens”

A survey of elected leaders in Washington and Greene counties found generally positive experiences with the gas exploration industry that has changed the face of their communities. “They’re starting to see a lot of vitality. There’s physical activity in the communities and new wealth among some property owners. New employees. That’s all very positive,” said […]

MSC Statement on Pennsylvania Budget

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement on Pennsylvania’s recently passed budget agreement: “While the budget-making process can be challenging at times, with competing interests at odds far too often, our industry is very pleased that the General Assembly once again made Pennsylvania’s economic growth and private-sector job creation […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Summer 2014

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MSC in the Times-Leader: New Energy Taxes Hurt Job Creation, Manufacturing

Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources continue to benefit our region. In fact, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently announced disbursements of shale impact fee tax revenues – which totaled nearly $225 million for 2013 – to local counties and municipalities across the commonwealth, bringing the three-year total to more than $630 million. Luzerne County, Lackawanna […]

MSC in Erie Times-News: Shale Development is Breathing New Economic Life into our Region

Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources continue to benefit our region. In fact, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently announced that disbursements of shale impact fee tax revenues, which totaled nearly $225 million for 2013, to local counties and municipalities brought the three-year total to more than $630 million. Erie County and its municipalities, for example, […]

MSC in the Tribune-Democrat: Shale Development a Boon to Region

Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources continue to benefit our region. In fact, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently announced disbursements of shale impact-fee tax revenues – which totaled nearly $225 million for 2013 – to local counties and municipalities across the commonwealth, bringing the three-year total to more than $630 million. Cambria County and its […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: Natural Gas Impact Fees Benefit Our Communities

Responsible shale development continues to be an economic lifeline for communities across the entire commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s disbursement of nearly $225 million in shale impact fees provides critical revenues directly to local governments and for important environmental-focused programs. These revenues increased more than 10 percent from 2012 to 2013. Act 13, a […]

MSC Statement on Impact Fee Tax Disbursements

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s disbursement of 2013’s nearly $225 million in shale impact fee tax revenues for local governments: “Responsible shale development continues to be an economic lifeline for communities across the entire Commonwealth. These disbursements, which have increased more than 10 percent […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Q&A with MSC President David Spigelmyer

David J. Spigelmyer, commander-in-chief of the region’s largest shale development trade association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, was also a key figure in the Robinson organization’s development in 2008. Before being named president last year, Mr. Spigelmyer was chairman, vice chairman and the leader of the coalition’s legislative committee. He also served as vice president of […]

MSC Recognizes Earth Day

Pittsburgh, Pa. – In recognition of Earth Day, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “To shale producers and the robust supply chain that supports this development, who are focused squarely on environmental and workforce safety, every day is Earth Day. Our industry goes to work each day, knowing it is […]

MSC Highlights “Gas Drilling’s Benefits” in Tribune-Review

President Obama has underscored the urgency of revitalizing our nation’s manufacturing base, especially in regions like ours where this sector — and the communities it supports — have struggled for far too long. As we know, our region’s workforce is second to none. Now — driven by tightly regulated shale development — a brighter, more […]

MSC in Times-Tribune: More Taxes Would Hurt Job Growth

A recent editorial (“Pressure rises for fair tax on natural gas,” April 17) unfortunately relies on political rhetoric rather than economic realities regarding shale development in the commonwealth. While the paper wrongly suggests that the shale industry has a “nearly-free ride” in terms of taxes, fees and other financial contributions to our state, your readers […]