Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Fall 2016

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MSC in Post-Gazette: Gas pipelines represent prosperity

We often read and hear about the need to expand natural gas pipelines and associated infrastructure. From Mariner East to PennEast to Atlantic Sunrise and many more, state and federal regulators are weighing the approval of thousands of miles of critical energy infrastructure. But what can be lost in some of the highly charged, black-and-white […]

MSC in Delaware Co. Daily-Times: Why we need to expand gas production in Pa.

Imagine a situation where America had all of the cars, trains, and planes to transport our people, goods and services but lacked the necessary infrastructure to fully capitalize on this job-creating potential. While farfetched, this analogy reflects Pennsylvania’s current natural gas infrastructure network. Considerable progress certainly has been made, but to fully capitalize on our […]

MSC in Philadelphia Inquirer: Shale Revolution Fulfills Promise on Jobs, Energy, Environment

While the daily headlines and nonstop, 24-hour news cycles focus overwhelmingly on issues that often divide the nation, it can be easy to lose sight of where common ground exists and what shared commitments bring us together. And there’s more that unites us – business and labor as well as Republicans, Democrats, and independents – […]

MSC in Crain’s Cleveland Business Journal: Energy Security Should Be a Bipartisan Issue

Ninety-two years ago, Republicans gathered in Cleveland for the party’s convention, adopting a platform with planks centered on the economy, taxation, foreign relations, and, in one of the early mentions of energy policy, the safe development of America’s abundant natural resources. “The natural resources of the country belong to all the people. … The government […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Summer 2016

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MSC in Beaver County Times: Cracker Plant Leads Manufacturing Comeback

Pennsylvania manufacturing and the hard-working men and women of the commonwealth that it employs have long been the backbone to our state and nation’s economy. Steel produced in the Keystone State built the ships and planes that carried us to victory in World War II and our abundant raw materials have powered our nation and […]

MSC Statement on Shell Ethane Cracker Decision

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer released the following statement on Shell’s decision today to move forward with the construction of “a major petrochemical complex, comprising an ethylene cracker with polyethylene derivatives unit,” in Beaver County: “Shell’s decision to move forward with this world-class facility, which will put thousands to work across […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Winter/Spring 2016

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MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “The governor continues to ignore market realities in pushing for additional energy taxes that will cost even more good-paying Pennsylvania jobs in this depressed global commodity environment. “There couldn’t be a worse time for additional energy […]

MSC Statement on DEP’s Chapter 78 Action

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement regarding the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Chapter 78 action today: “Pennsylvania is already well-recognized for having among the nation’s strongest and most effective environmental and enforcement standards, which the industry has worked hard to modernize. Unfortunately, DEP failed to consult with […]

MSC in Phila. Inq.: Industry Remains Committed to Rigorous Regulations

A letter failed to acknowledge the strong natural-gas development regulations that protect our environment (“Industry needs rules,” Thursday). We have some of the nation’s most rigorous regulations. As former Gov. Ed Rendell and his then-Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger stated, “Pennsylvania has the strongest enforcement program of any state with gas drilling.” There are […]

MSC in Butler Eagle: Pa. Has Effective, Modernized Regulations

Two recent letters (“Middlesex Shortfall”, Dec. 1 and “Still Opposed to Rex”, Dec. 9) do a tremendous disservice to your readers, which include my Butler County neighbors, family and friends. Our dialogue about these important issues must be fact- and science-based — and it must be civil. Pennsylvania has an effective and modernized regulatory framework […]

MSC in Phila. Daily News: Higher Energy Taxes Will Threaten Growth

Friday’s editorial, “Who Do They Work For?” provides a misleading representation of natural-gas development in Pennsylvania, while completely ignoring the meaningful economic and environmental contributions Marcellus Shale development has delivered for the commonwealth. Philadelphians don’t have to look far to see the benefits. Thanks to shale, refineries in South Philadelphia and Delaware County that were […]

MSC in Standard Speaker: Pa. has a Strong Regulatory Framework

A recent article, “New study indicates gas drilling could impact rivers, streams,” Nov. 16, about the safe and tightly regulated development of natural gas was unfortunately short on actual facts. Despite the paper’s suggestive headline, Wilkes professor Ken Klemow makes clear his new study has “not proven anything about whether shale gas development is affecting […]

Shale “an Absolute Winner” for Pennsylvania

Today, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer joined WPGP radio’s Rose Tennent for an in-depth discussion on the significant economic and national security benefits associated with responsible shale development as well as the negative consequences of even higher energy taxes. Highlights from the segment: On Consumer, End Use Benefits “A great story as we enter this winter season is natural gas prices are less than […]

MSC in LNP: Modernizing Pipelines Delivers Benefits Across Pa.

The Nov. 6 article “Expert foresees problems with pipeline project” fundamentally fails to provide readers with the clear fact that modernizing Pennsylvania’s pipeline infrastructure will deliver shale’s benefits to more consumers and regional manufacturers and strengthen America’s national security. As we continue the safe build-out and modernization of Pennsylvania’s pipeline network, consumers are benefiting in […]

MSC in Pa. Business Central: How Expanding the Shale Industry Benefits All Pennsylvanians

From the tens-of-thousands of hard working Pennsylvanians that make up shale’s broad supply chain to the teachers and school students kept warm – more affordably – in the winter season with reliable natural gas and manufacturers realizing energy savings from shale, every Pennsylvanian is benefitting from our shale revolution. In fact, as the New York […]

MSC in Patriot-News: PennLive’s ‘Shale Bargain’ series just repackaged tired claims

“If the goal of your report about natural gas drilling was to gratuitously frighten Pennsylvanians, then congratulations on a job well done. If it was to deliver an evenhanded examination of the critical balance that must be achieved between job creation, energy independence and environmental protection in regions with large natural gas deposits, then it […]

MSC in Times-Tribune: Higher Energy Taxes Will Cost Good-Paying Local Jobs

The Times-Tribune’s Oct. 19 editorial (“Expand pact to include fair taxation”) ignores market realities and basic economics in its call for higher energy taxes that will cost good-paying local jobs. As The Sunday Times reported on Oct. 18 (“Natural gas companies pounded by low prices”), natural gas prices are at decade-long lows, driving a downturn […]

MSC Releases New Video: “The Faces of Shale”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Following its annual meeting, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new year-in-review video, The Faces of Shale. Click HERE to view this video online. “While there’s no question that our industry continues to face strong headwinds, the economic, environmental and energy security benefits tied to responsible shale development continue to positively improve […]

MSC in York Daily Record: Gas Tax Fact Finder Piece Off Base

While the paper’s Oct. 3 “fact finder” on Gov. Wolf’s highest-in-the-nation energy tax proposal made a number of important points, it failed to provide readers with key context. We appreciate that this paper — like so many others across the commonwealth as well as independent experts — confirmed that Gov. Wolf’s energy tax hike proposal […]

MSC Statement on Manufacturing Day

Pittsburgh, Pa. – In recognition and support of national Manufacturing Day, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “America’s energy revolution – lead right here in the Commonwealth – is breathing new life into our manufacturing sector, which has been battered for far too long, especially during the Great Recession. While the […]

MSC in the Phila. Inq.: The Keys to Expanding Benefits of Pa.’s Shale-Energy Revolution

Pennsylvania is at the forefront of America’s energy revolution. As a result of our abundant shale resources, the United States has surpassed both Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s leading oil and natural-gas producer in 2014. But what does that mean for manufacturers and small businesses here at home? It’s absolutely clear that safe […]

MSC in Post-Gazette: Pa. Drillers Voluntarily Adhere to More Stringent Setback Rules

A recent op-ed (“Fracking Near Schools: DEP Fails to Keep Drillers a Healthy Distance From Children,” Aug. 24), aimed at creating fear about shale development, is riddled with misinformation and verifiably false claims. Your readers deserve fact-based information, especially with regard to the numerous federal, state and local regulations that ensure energy development in Pennsylvania is […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Fall 2015

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MSC in Patriot-News: Pa.’s Shale Impact Tax Generates $850 Million for Communities

The op-ed “Here’s how a principled shale tax can break the budget stalemate” fails to acknowledge that Pennsylvania already has the “reasonable” severance tax which the authors seek to enact. Pennsylvania’s tax – called an “impact fee” – has generated more than $850 million in new revenues since 2012 and is largely directed to local communities. […]

MSC in Del. Co. Daily Times: Shale Developers Partner with Unions for Pa.’s Future

For many, Labor Day marks a ceremonial end to the summer season — and for parents and kids alike, the beginning of a new school year. With no shortage of “end of summer” sales and thankfully, over the past several years, plenty of baseball here in town to still follow, the Labor Day holiday should […]

MSC in Pottstown Mercury: Higher Energy Taxes Will Hurt Pa. Economy

In its July 27 editorial, “Pottstown School Leaders Advocate for State Budget with More Schools Funding,” The Mercury fundamentally fails to acknowledge the negative impact that Gov. Wolf’s proposed energy tax – the nation’s highest – will have on Pennsylvania’s economy. For countless families and communities throughout all corners of the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s energy revolution […]

MSC in Butler Eagle: Higher Energy Taxes Jeopardize Shale’s Benefits

The Aug. 12 editorial “Plunging oil, stock prices weigh on Pa. severance tax” asked whether it is “prudent” to enact a massive energy tax increase. Pennsylvanians — local government officials and consumers as well as union members and small businesses — have a clear answer: Now is the absolute worst time to raise Pennsylvania’s energy […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s $2 Billion Regulatory Cost Increase Plan

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement regarding today’s action from Pa. DEP finalizing its massive Chapter 78 regulation proposal: “Pennsylvania is already well-recognized for having among the nation’s strongest and most effective environmental and enforcement standards, which the industry has worked hard to modernize. Unfortunately, DEP’s regulatory proposal […]

MSC in Bradford Era: Pennsylvanians Deserve the Facts

Pennsylvanians deserve to have all the facts and information regarding the administration’s misleading — and outright false — energy tax claims that were outlined in a July 29 op-ed (“Wolf: State Republicans Ignoring the Will of the People”). While the administration suggests a willingness to offer concessions for even higher energy taxes, those allowances did […]

MSC in Phila. Inq.: We Need Policies that Encourage Shale Development

It is dangerously misleading to ignore the fact that even higher energy taxes jeopardize jobs (“How Pa. can get severance tax right,” Aug. 2). Responsible shale development is driving a petrochemical rebirth, specifically at Marcus Hook. Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 pipeline is expected to support an estimated 30,000 construction jobs, generate nearly $62 million […]

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, […]