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 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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Statement on Gov. Wolf’s 2018-19 Budget Address

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement on Governor Wolf’s budget address: “Pennsylvanians expect our leaders in Harrisburg, including Governor Wolf, to focus on common sense solutions that encourage and support job creation across the Commonwealth. “Unfortunately, the governor once again is putting politics first by proposing additional energy […]

MSC Releases New Video: “Generational Opportunities”

PITTSBURGH, PA – During its annual meeting, the Marcellus Shale Coalition released a new video – Generational Opportunities – highlighting the continued job growth and economic progress tied to American natural gas. Click HERE to view this video online. “We have generational economic and environmental opportunities ahead of us thanks to our abundant supplies of […]

MSC Statement on Senator Dinniman’s Efforts to Halt Pipeline Construction

PITTSBURGH – “Senator Dinniman continues to be wildly out-of-touch with blue collar, working-class Pennsylvanians. This latest stunt aimed at making energy more expensive and good-paying local jobs tougher to come by is sadly more of the same from Senator Dinniman, who has supported a ban on safe, strongly-regulated natural gas development, which would kill 466,000 […]

MSC Statement on Senate Energy Tax Increases

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement follow the Senate’s action to increase energy taxes. “Our industry remains opposed to additional energy taxes. This proposal – which creates new and even higher energy taxes for consumers and energy producers alike in addition to the impact tax that’s generated $1.2 […]

MSC Statement on Natural Gas Impact Tax Distribution Topping $1.2 Billion

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Today, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced $173 million in county and municipality impact fee disbursements for 2016, bringing the total generated from Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax to $1.2 billion in revenues since 2011. Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement on the latest impact fee distributions: […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s 2017-2018 Budget Address

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “We’re disappointed that Governor Wolf continues to focus on additional energy taxes, which will further harm the Commonwealth’s economic competitiveness and cost good-paying, Pennsylvania jobs. “While we’re cautiously optimistic that the national energy market may begin […]

MSC Releases New Video: “Moving America Forward”

State College, Pa. – During its annual meeting, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new video highlighting the industry’s growth and positive impacts, titled “Moving America Forward.” Click HERE to view this video online. “While 2016 has been a year of ongoing challenges, our industry – including countless local small businesses and regional building […]

MSC Challenges Specific, Costly Chapter 78a Regulatory Provisions

Pittsburgh, Pa. – David Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), issued the following statement regarding the organization’s challenge today to a limited number of Chapter 78a provisions: “Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) filed suit on behalf of its members and their employees challenging the validity of a limited number of specific provisions […]

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 […]

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shale Impact Fees Hit Record Levels with $224.5 Million Generated

Pittsburgh, Pa. – As Pennsylvania shale production continues to soar, the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced today that impact fee revenue for 2013 hit record levels. With a total of 6,489 unconventional wells under development or in production as of December 31, 2013, shale producers contributed a total of $224.5 million in impact fees for […]

MSC Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Dave Spigelmyer issued this statement following President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “Tonight, President Obama once again underscored the critical and increasing role that America’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources continue to play in boosting our economy and growing jobs, especially in the manufacturing sector. At […]

MSC Statement on Pa. Supreme Court Ruling

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruling: “We are reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision in full to evaluate its impact on our operations across Pennsylvania.  As we did prior to enactment of Act 13 and have done during this period of review […]

MSC Announces 2014 Executive Board Officers

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Range Resources Corporation vice president of government and regulatory affairs, K. Scott Roy, has been elected as the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) next chairman by the organization’s board of directors. Mr. Roy previously served as the MSC’s vice chairman and treasurer. Heather Lamparter (Vice President, Legal, EXCO Resources (PA), LLC), Mark Hager […]

MSC, PIOGA to Study Radioactivity Levels in Shale Operations

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) today announced their joint efforts to conduct an extensive study of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and Technologically Enhanced NORM (TENORM) in shale production-related activities. This study will complement one currently underway by the Pa. Department of Environmental […]

MSC Pleased to Announce David Spigelmyer as Organization’s New President

Pittsburgh, Pa. – After a two-month search process, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced today that David Spigelmyer has been named as the organization’s president. Mr. Spigelmyer, with a 30-year career in the energy industry, will assume the position effective Monday. “While our industry has accomplished a great deal for the entire Commonwealth and for […]

“Then and Now”: MSC Releases New Web Video

Pittsburgh, Pa. – At its fourth annual membership meeting this week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released its year-in-review video focused on the dramatic and positive shift in energy security, environmental benefits, and economic growth across our region and the nation, bolstered by safe shale production. The video — titled “Then and Now” — is […]

MSC Statement on Pa. Shale Development

Pittsburgh, Pa. – In response to massive new tax proposals touted by candidates in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial campaign, the Marcellus Shale Coalition released the following statement on behalf of its member companies: “Over the past four years, our organization has worked to foster a constructive dialogue with policymakers on a bipartisan basis at all levels of […]

MSC Releases Recommended Practices for Drilling and Completions

Pittsburgh, Pa. – With eight recommended practices published to-date, today the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released its latest guidance document for Drilling and Completions – two of the most critical aspects of the shale development process. Developed in consultation with several of the MSC’s working committees, these Recommended Practices for Drilling and Completions are designed […]

MSC Releases Membership Workforce Survey

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) today released the results of its annual workforce survey, a real-time overview of the employment makeup of the region’s natural gas industry. The results – based on 2012 data provided by more than 100 MSC member companies – indicate that 96 percent are from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, […]

MSC Announces Forthcoming Executive Leadership Change

Pittsburgh, Pa. – After nearly four years of leading the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), CEO Kathryn Klaber, along with the organization’s executive board, are pleased to announce their efforts to begin a nationwide search to identify the organization’s next leader. Klaber, selected to lead the newly formed organization at its inception in late 2009, will […]

Natural Gas Does That

New Video Highlights Myriad of Ways Natural Gas is Used Every Day Pittsburgh, Pa. – If you have ever looked at the pen you’re writing with, the liner of a swimming pool or scores of other everyday items and wondered, “What does it take to make this?” the answer very likely is, “Natural gas does […]

MSC Statement on President Obama’s Energy and Climate Speech

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) CEO Kathryn Klaber issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s energy and climate policy speech today: “We are pleased that President Obama once again underscored the clear environmental and economic benefits tied to the safe development of clean-burning natural gas. “And while the President’s broader energy […]

Marcellus Shale Fee Revenue Having Positive Impact on Pennsylvania Communities

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) CEO Kathryn Z. Klaber issued the following statement on the 2012 Marcellus Shale Impact fee allocations released today by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), which totaled just over $202 million: “To see how this new revenue stream, now totaling more than $406 million is being distributed to every […]

MSC Releases Recommended Practices for Pipeline Boring

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released Recommended Practices (RP) for Pipeline Boring, the seventh in a series of content-rich guidance documents developed by the coalition’s various subject-specific committees. Pipeline boring is a process used by pipeline companies to install pipelines under highways, railroads and bodies of water in instances where traditional […]

MSC Appoints Jim Welty to Leadership Team

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced today the addition of a key member to its senior staff to lead the organization’s government affairs efforts. Jim Welty, a lifelong Pennsylvanian with more than 20 years of government relations experience, will serve as the MSC’s vice president, government affairs. Mr. Welty, a Westminster College […]

MSC Reinforces Support of Innovation, Research and Technology

Pittsburgh, Pa. – In partnership with leading energy companies, technology investors and Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is proud to support the 2013 Shale Gas Innovation Contest – a competition that provides small- and mid-sized businesses the opportunity to showcase and market emerging technologies and […]