Update on the MSC-Gov. Ridge Partnership

Canonsburg, PA – At its one-year mark, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president and executive director Kathryn Z. Klaber provided the following update regarding the organization’s truly unique and momentous partnership with former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge and his team of subject matter experts and professionals: “Gov. Ridge has provided valuable insight and leadership over the […]

MSC Statement on Proposed EPA Air Regulations

Canonsburg, PA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a series of proposed air emission regulations surrounding the development of American natural gas and oil. The proposed regulations are a result of a “consent decree”, or settlement, stemming from a federal lawsuit brought forth by two groups – based in New Mexico and […]

Williamsport Community Discussion Provides Marcellus-Related Jobs Training, Workforce Development Insight

Williamsport, PA – Local residents in Williamsport, Pa. joined area leaders and business owners today for a community discussion focused on natural gas training programs and the impact of workforce development in the region, as well as the industry’s commitment to safe and responsible development of the Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and […]

MSC Statement on Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission’s Final Report

Canonsburg, PA – Today, the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission released its final report of recommendations. Ray Walker, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) chairman and senior vice president of Range Resources, was the coalition’s representative on the commission. Several other MSC member company representatives also served on the commission. “The Marcellus Shale Coalition stands ready to work […]

New Study: Pa. Self-Sufficient in Natural Gas, Marcellus Shale Could Lead Nation in Production by 2020

Total 2011 economic impact of Marcellus could exceed $12 billion, Pennsylvania consumer savings topped $633 million in 2010 Duquesne, PA – At current rates, the Marcellus Shale formation could become the leading supplier of natural gas in the United States within a decade, according to an analysis released today entitled “The Pennsylvania Marcellus Natural Gas […]

By The Numbers: What Responsible Clean-Burning American Natural Gas Development Means For NY

Canonsburg, PA – Real progress is being made in New York State toward responsibly developing abundant supplies of clean-burning American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation. Recently, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its updated draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), the proposed regulatory framework for shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing, […]

MSC Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Western Pa. Community and Business Leaders

Warrendale, PA – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) hosted a community roundtable discussion in Butler County, Pa. to further explore the real impacts of responsible Marcellus development is having in the region. Joined by Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, business, chamber, and community leaders, local elected officials and representatives from MSC members EXCO Resources, Talisman […]

MSC Statement on Keystone Research Center’s Politically-Timed Attack on Family-Sustaining Jobs

Canonsburg, PA – Today, Marcellus Shale Coalition president and executive director Kathryn Klaber issued the following statement responding to a report issued by the Keystone Research Center calling into question the employment impact associated with responsible shale gas development: “In the heat of a budget battle in Harrisburg, opponents of responsible natural gas development have […]

MSC Member Companies Invest $411 Million in Local, State Roads

Canonsburg, PA – Member companies of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) invested more than $411 million over the past three years to repave, rebuild and improve roadways and transportation infrastructure across the state of Pennsylvania, according to a survey of participating members. Since 2008, approximately 21% of the payments have been made toward local roads, […]

MSC Hits Membership Milestone, Tops 200 Companies

New Executive Committee Member Elected Canonsburg, PA – This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) welcomed its 200th member, passing a significant organizational milestone. Current MSC membership stands at 40 full members and 161 associate members, respectively. Full members are exploration and production companies and midstream/pipeline operators, while associate members — the backbone of the […]

5 Quotes About Hydraulic Fracturing

Canonsburg, PA – This evening, a U.S. Department of Energy panel focused on hydraulic fracturing – a tightly regulated 60-year-old energy stimulation technology – will hold a public comment forum on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College. Here are five quotes about fracturing that everyone attending should know: Lisa Jackson, President Obama’s Environmental Protection […]

By The Numbers: The Mighty Marcellus Continues to Fuel Job Creation

New Pa. Govt. Data Shows The Rate of Marcellus Job Creation “Is Accelerating”; Employment Up 1300% In N. Tier Canonsburg, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry – like a host of news outlets across the region and the nation – continues to keep a watchful eye on the powerful job creation engine […]

MSC Expands Team, Adds Environmental and Community Outreach Staff

Canonsburg, PA – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced the hiring of  two community outreach managers, as well as a project director who will oversee the organization’s Environmental Research Collaborative – a multi-stakeholder group working to generate fact-based Marcellus-related research and analysis. Robert Boulware will lead the coalition’s Environmental Research Collaborative while Joy Ruff and […]

MSC Actively Addressing Bromide Issue, Supports DEP Guidance

Canonsburg, PA – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is actively working to reduce the amount of water taken to surface discharge facilities and is crafting solutions to address the issue of bromides entering waterways. When present with organic matter and chlorine – commonly used to at drinking water plants – brominated species of trihalomethanes (THMs) […]

USA Today Analysis Shows Marcellus-Related Jobs in Pa. Continue to Grow As Nation’s Workforce Hits 30-Year Low

Canonsburg, PA – According to a new USA Today analysis, “The share of the population that is working fell to its lowest level last year since women started entering the workforce in large numbers three decades ago.” In today’s paper, reporter Dennis Cauchon notes that “only 45.4% of Americans had jobs in 2010, the lowest […]

MSC: Draft DRBC Regulations Duplicative, Exceed Body’s Legal Authority

Canonsburg, PA – Pursuant to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) public notice for comment on Proposed Amendments to the Water Quality Regulations, Water Code and Comprehensive Plan to Provide for Regulation of Natural Gas Development Projects (hereinto “draft regulations”), the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) this week submitted comments outlining concerns with the draft regulations, […]

MSC on New Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Site: “Positive Step Toward Further Heightening Transparency”

Canonsburg, PA – After months of collaborative efforts led by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC),  www.FracFocus.org officially launched yesterday. The site, funded in part by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, will disclose the additives used in the hydraulic fracturing process on a well-by-well basis. These […]

Gov. Ridge Urges President Obama to Highlight Clear Benefits of American Natural Gas in Upcoming Visit to the Commonwealth

Extends Open Invitation for the President to Visit a Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Production Site Canonsburg, PA – Tomorrow, President Obama is scheduled to visit “a Bucks County wind-turbine plant,” as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a speech last week, the president said this about American natural gas production from shale formations, such as […]

New Study Outlines Pennsylvania’s Clean Transportation Roadmap

Natural Gas Vehicles: A Clear, Cleaner, Cost-Effective Alternative Canonsburg, PA – While it is widely known that the Marcellus Shale’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources represent one of the world’s largest energy reserves, a new study — Roadmap for Pennsylvania Jobs, Energy Security and Clean Air — examines one of the many long-term benefits associated […]

By The Numbers: The Mighty Marcellus, A Powerful Job Creation Engine

Federal Economic Data Makes Clear the Marcellus Shale’s Positive Impact Across the Commonwealth Canonsburg, Pa. –  The Mighty Marcellus Shale – the world’s second largest natural gas field – continues to be a driving economic force in the Commonwealth, helping to create jobs for tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians, revitalizing rural economies, generating millions in […]

Bipartisan Policy Center, American Clean Skies Foundation Report Emphasizes Imperative to Safely Leverage U.S. Natural Gas

Report: American natural gas a “winning proposition for consumers, America’s economy, the environment, our nation’s energy security” Canonsburg, Pa. –  A jointly sponsored Bipartisan Policy Center and American Clean Skies Foundation report released today touts the unprecedented potential of American natural gas to dramatically bolster domestic supplies, reduce carbon emissions and improve national energy security. The […]

MSC Launches Marcellus Quarterly Magazine

New publication to provide in-depth analysis, industry-insider news and views Canonsburg, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) unveiled the first edition of Marcellus Quarterly (MQ) today, a quarterly magazine aimed at providing insight and commentary on emerging shale gas industry trends and practices. MQ will provide industry leaders, policymakers, key stakeholders and others with […]

Penn State Study: State, Local Tax Revenues Soar in PA’s Marcellus Shale Counties

PSU Cooperative Extension: “In counties with ten or more Marcellus wells…tax income increased 325.3 percent” Canonsburg, Pa. – The Marcellus Education Team at Penn State University’s Cooperative Extension recently issued a comprehensive analysis highlighting the positive and growing tax revenues being generated throughout the Commonwealth tied directly to the responsible development of clean-burning, homegrown natural gas. […]

MSC, API-PA, PIOGA “Appalled” by Criminal Complaint Filed Against Western Pa. Wastewater Hauler

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s oil and natural gas industry, represented by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), American Petroleum Institute of PA (API-PA) and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) issued the following joint-statement in response to news reports that a waste transportation company illegally discharged “sewer sludge and greasy restaurant slop” as well […]

SAIC Joins the Marcellus Shale Coalition

MCLEAN, Va. (March 10, 2011) — Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced today that it has joined the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) as an associate member in order to provide technical expertise and demonstrate the company’s strong commitment to the natural gas industry. SAIC has a solid understanding of the multidiscipline permitting, regional geology, water […]

MSC Backs Allegheny Co. Environmental Air Quality Task Force Recommendations

Canonsburg, PA – At a meeting scheduled for tomorrow, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) will consider and review a set of recommendations to enhance transparency, streamline permitting processes and strengthen overall enforcement, which, taken together, aim to increase the region’s air quality. These Environmental Air Quality Task Force recommendations were released in a December 2009 […]

MSC: New, Fact-Based DEP Water Results “Encouraging”

Leading industry group announces $100k fund to heighten water monitoring, establishment of Energy Research Collaborative Canonsburg, PA – As the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) unveiled a sweeping set of water quality monitoring results from November through December of 2010 associated with Marcellus Shale development across the Commonwealth, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) today […]

AP, NYT Wide of the Target on Water Management, Recycling

Canonsburg, PA – Pennsylvania leads the nation in recycling water used to produce clean-burning natural gas from shale formations – a process that has been refined, enhanced, and expanded widely over the past year. At the same time, Pennsylvania has regulations and laws in place to ensure water is managed effectively and in a way […]

Drilling Down into NY Times Story on Wastewater

Five areas report fails to provide proper context, information on Pa.’s regulatory oversight Canonsburg, PA – Yesterday’s New York Times included a story highly critical of the regulatory framework governing waste water treatment and disposal from natural gas exploration in Pennsylvania. While raising some valid questions about water monitoring, this article – seven months in […]

ERM Opens New Office in Williamsport, PA

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a leading global provider of environmental, health and safety, risk, and sustainability consulting services, announced today that it has expanded its operations in Pennsylvania and has opened a new office in Williamsport, PA. The new office, located at Penn Tower in Williamsport, builds on ERM’s presence in the […]

A Preview: DRBC Hearings

More supplies of clean-burning, American natural gas. A cleaner, stronger energy future. The potential for tens of thousands of good-paying jobs and an economic revival across rural America. Those are key themes that will play out later this week as the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) holds public comment hearings in Honesdale, Pa., Liberty, N.Y., […]

MSC Receives “Impact Industry of the Year” Honors from Junior Achievement of Western PA

Canonsburg, PA – At the 23rd Annual Junior Achievement (JA) of Western Pennsylvania Spirit of Enterprise Dinner and Awards Ceremony this week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) received the prestigious “Impact Industry of the Year” award for its commitment to furthering the ideals and principles of the education-focused, non-profit organization. Past award recipients include CONSOL […]

MSC Team Expands, Announces Hiring of Three Staff Members

Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced the hiring of three new full-time senior staff members, who will collectively play a key role in advancing the organization’s communications, outreach, education, and policy objectives. Joining the coalition’s team effective immediately are Steve Forde, Policy and Communications Director; Christopher Heck, Membership Services Director; and Helen […]

MSC Statement on Philadelphia City Council Marcellus Shale Joint Committee Report

Canonsburg, Pa. – Earlier today, the Philadelphia City Council endorsed an outright ban on responsible shale gas development along the Delaware River Basin, based on a joint council committee ‘report’. As part of today’s misguided vote, the council also directed the Philadelphia Gas Works to abstain from purchasing affordable, clean-burning natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, […]

Marcellus Shale Coalition Announces Newly Elected Executive Leadership

Coalition’s Membership Continues to Expand, Adds 35 New Associate Members Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, at a formal Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) membership meeting, organization president and executive director Kathryn Klaber, along with Ray N. Walker, Jr. – the MSC’s chairman and senior vice president of Range Resources Corporation – were pleased to formally announce the executive […]

The Whole Story: Fact-Checking Reuters’ Latest Story on Philadelphia Natural Gas

Canonsburg, Pa. – Following up on the release of a news story by Reuters stringer Jon Hurdle this week indicating the city of Philadelphia’s intention to “refuse to buy natural gas obtained by the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing,” Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Kathryn Klaber issued the following statement and collection of supporting facts that, taken together, provide a […]

Farming the Marcellus: Natural Gas Industry Partners With Ag. Community at PA Farm Show

Harrisburg, PA – This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is participating in the 95th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show – an event that attracts nearly 500,000 attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region and is the premier agriculture event in the Commonwealth. In line with the MSC’s Guiding Principles, the Farm Show provides the natural gas industry […]

What Are You Waiting For, New York?

As the responsible development of the Marcellus Shale’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas reserves expands across the region, more stable and affordable supplies of homegrown energy are being delivered to consumers and small businesses who continue face tremendously difficult economic hardships. At the same time, this environmentally-proven production is helping to create tens of thousands of […]

AP Style?

Associated Press hit piece targeting Marcellus producers in PA takes months to assemble – and only hours for DEP, MSC, others to expose as “misleading” AP Lets Sensational Story on PA Wastewater Fly on a Monday … … One Day Later, Readers Learn the Actual Truth Pa. allows dumping of tainted waters from gas boom […]

MSC Statement on Pittsburgh City Council Vote to Ban Job-Creating, Responsible Shale Gas Development

Canonsburg, PA – Following a vote today by the Pittsburgh City Council to deny private property and mineral owners their right to responsibly produce clean-burning natural gas resources within the city’s limit, Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), issued this statement: “Today’s city council vote delivered an expected, yet […]

MSC, Gov. Ridge Mark Veteran’s Day

Shale Gas Industry Continues to Put America’s Vets to Work Canonsburg, PA – With more than 1 million veterans in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth, our families, and communities across the region understand full-well the sacrifice that our brave servicemembers make to preserve America’s freedoms. Through the responsible development of the Marcellus Shale’s clean-burning energy resources, the […]

MSC Urges Fact-Based Dialogue as Job Creators Gather In Pittsburgh

Canonsburg, PA – This week, Pittsburgh is playing host to the 2nd annual Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) East Conference & Exhibition. Attracting nearly 3,000 attendees, the event’s aim is to give “operators, investors, and the service industry the latest  economics, activity, and new technology needed to successfully develop the Marcellus” — the world’s second largest […]

MSC Statement on New PADEP Online Reporting, Air Quality Analysis

Canonsburg, PA – This week, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched its “Oil and Gas Electronic Reporting website – a first-of-its-kind tool that provides the public with greater insight into oil and gas operations across the state,” with a focus on making “the activities of drilling companies and their business partners more transparent.” […]

MSC Lauds Signing ‘Clean and Green Program,’ “Win-Win” for Family Farmers, Landowners

Canonsburg, PA – Following the signing of the bipartisan Senate Bill 298 by Gov. Ed Rendell today – which was supported byevery single state senator and by190 members of the state house – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Kathryn Klaber issued the following statement, calling the legislation a “win-win” for farmers and landowners throughout the […]

What They’re Saying: MSC on the Road, Shale Gas Industry Continues to Bring Hope to Rural Communities

It’s been another busy, fact-packed, job-creating week for the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC). From meetings with Luzerne County landowners, to a grand opening of a Westmoreland County facility, the MSC continues to engage and help educate key stakeholders, various coalitions, small businesses and folks just looking for an opportunity to join our industry’s efforts in […]

MSC Statement on Ongoing Legislative Developments in Harrisburg

“We’re regretful that there wasn’t closure brought toward achieving commonsense legislative initiatives“ Canonsburg, PA – As the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s legislative session draws to a close, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president and executive director Kathryn Klaber issued the following statement regarding the months of good-faith, broad-based discussions that the industry continues to participate in with […]

In the Know on H20

Government agencies dispel myths on water usage in the Marcellus, while MSC operators continue to recycle what they have, pursue sustainable means for what they need Seven seconds. The time it takes for food to pass from your mouth to your stomach. The length of an average play in the NFL. And, in case you’re […]

MSC: Transportation Safety Day in State College “A Huge Success”

Natural gas industry committed to safety on the roads, communities in which we operate Canonsburg, PA – At a day-long seminar yesterday in State College, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Public Utility Commission (PUC) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), hosted […]

New Lycoming College Poll: “Public opinion is largely supportive of the development of Marcellus Shale”

Canonsburg, Pa. – A new Lycoming College poll released today finds that “public opinion is largely supportive of the development of Marcellus Shale” in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, a region that is experiencing significant natural gas activity and production. Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), issued this statement following […]

A ‘Commitment to the Community’: “Marcellus Shale Players Make Promise To Pennsylvanians”

Canonsburg, Pa. – The economic, energy security and environmental benefits associated with the responsible development of the Marcellus Shale’s clean-burning, abundant natural gas reserves represents a historic opportunity for the region and for the nation. And it’s an opportunity that must be done right. To further reinforce the industry’s promise the region, the communities where […]