American Natural Gas: “The Golden Key” to Boosting Manufacturing

In an interview with Matthew Brouillette’s “Brews and Views” podcast that aired earlier this week, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer emphasized that “natural gas is the golden key to bring manufacturing back to Pennsylvania.” Spigelmyer also spoke about the benefits of natural gas and highlighted major energy changes over the past decade. Click HERE to listen to […]

Training Programs Prepare Pennsylvanians for High-Demand Energy Careers

New workforce training programs have launched throughout the region to meet growing local demand for skilled workers across the energy supply chain. In Armstrong and Greene Counties, for example, free month-long training courses focused on pipeline construction and maintenance begin in August. These programs, as the Observer-Reporter reports, are hosted through a partnership with the […]

Pa. Natural Gas Impact Fee Generates $209M+, Proceeds Benefit All Counties

Communities across Pennsylvania will receive more than $209 million in new impact fee revenue, Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced yesterday. Since 2012 the impact fee – Pennsylvania’s drilling tax – has generated nearly $1.5 billion for communities in all 67 counties. This natural gas impact fee is working as designed, generating hundreds of millions […]

Time to Build: Infrastructure Connects Consumers to Affordable, Abundant Natural Gas

National Infrastructure Week’s key message – “The future won’t wait. Neither can we.” – is particularly true in Pennsylvania, where abundant and affordable natural gas is generating unprecedented opportunities for the job creation, consumer benefits and manufacturing resurgence new infrastructure enables. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer wrote in a weekend column in The Morning Call, “It’s […]

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 Threaten Pennsylvania’s Energy Leadership, Jobs

Pennsylvania is one of the top natural gas producing states in the U.S., strengthening its position as a national energy leader, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA reports that the Commonwealth’s natural gas production averaged a record 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, 3% higher […]

Infrastructure: Linking Pennsylvanians to Clean, Abundant Natural Gas

With 11 new critical interstate pipeline projects brought online in 2016 and another 25 under development or scheduled for completion this year – according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration – our region is making important progress on getting the needed pipeline infrastructure in place to move more clean-burning, Pennsylvania-produced natural […]

MSC in Times-Tribune: Pa. Must Remain Competitive

By David Spigelmyer After a challenging 2016, we’re beginning to see signs of a fragile energy market recovery. With efforts at the federal level to reform taxes and reduce bureaucratic red tape, states are engaged in a fierce competition for capital and job-creating investment resources. Energy-producing states have an advantage if they have the right […]

Pa.’s Manufacturing Opportunities Bright Thanks to Shale

With the right policies, according to a new report by IHS Markit, the Commonwealth has the opportunity to realize a new wave of job-creating petrochemical manufacturing growth. In fact, the report released this week concludes that Pa. natural gas liquids production could attract four more ethane crackers in addition to Shell’s project in Beaver County […]

Natural Gas Enhancing Air Quality

As production of clean, abundant Pennsylvania natural gas continues to break records, topping 5 trillion cubic feet last year, America is leading the world in reducing carbon emissions, new data from federal and international agencies confirms today. According to the International Energy Agency, the “surge in shale gas” drove U.S. carbon emissions to their lowest […]

Support Grows for Job-Creating Natural Gas Projects

“Pennsylvania is once again open for business.” That’s how Washington County Chamber of Commerce president Jeff Kotula described construction of the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipelines that will deliver natural gas from southwestern Pennsylvania to Delaware County’s Marcus Hook petrochemical and refining facility. The buildout of critical natural gas infrastructure projects such as pipelines, […]

Gov. Wolf’s Massive, Job-Crushing Energy Tax Proposal Falls Flat, Again

A months few back, in talking with voters about Pennsylvania energy development, Gov. Wolf promised that his administration would do “everything we can to make this part of the economy thrive.” Yet during his budget address this week, the governor — once again — proposed a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase on Pennsylvania job creators […]

Pennsylvania Must Remain Competitive

State lawmakers will soon start assembling a new spending plan after hearing Gov. Wolf’s thoughts on his budget priorities. It’s a chance for our leaders to enact policies that Pennsylvanians have made clear they want to see: job-creating opportunities that encourage investment and make the Commonwealth more competitive. It’s a message voters sent in November, […]

Shale Makes U.S. Manufacturers, Economy More Competitive

American natural gas development is strengthening the U.S. economy and making domestic manufacturing more competitive, two recently released economic reports conclude. Researchers at the prestigious London School of Economics, in one report, find that natural gas development “has made U.S. manufacturing more competitive” and helped advance American manufacturing exports to the world. The economic experts […]

Top Ten Shale Highlights of 2016

Responsible natural gas development continues to Move America Forward as Pennsylvania, once again, safely produced record amounts of clean-burning natural gas that’s boosting our economy, strengthening our air quality, driving a manufacturing renaissance, and enhancing America’s energy security. Here are the year’s top shale-related headlines: Natural Gas Strengthens America’s Air Quality Thanks to clean-burning natural […]

Natural Gas Boosts U.S. Economy, Environment & Energy Security

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Pa. Voters “Strongly Support” Energy Infrastructure Development

Support  for energy development and infrastructure growth is “nearly universal” among Pennsylvania voters, according to a new survey released by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Pa. Manufacturers’ Association. Specifically, the poll found “84 percent of Pa. voters support increasing energy development in the U.S.” Support for much-needed energy infrastructure development crosses party lines, […]

Marcellus Shale Transforms U.S. into an Energy Superpower

In a Tuesday morning headline, Bloomberg News asked the question: “Can the U.S. Become an Energy Superpower in 2017?” Well, it already is, thanks to American shale development. Now families, manufacturers, our environment, and national security are stronger because of the United States’ position as a global energy leader. Much of the credit for this […]

American Natural Gas Exports Boost U.S. Energy Security

For the first time since the 1950s, U.S. natural gas exports have surpassed imports, representing an historic milestone in America’s energy revolution, as Platts recently reported, that continues to deliver benefits for consumers, manufacturers, and our environment, while strengthening America’s influence abroad. This significant progress – which some would have never expected just a decade […]

Energy Producers Celebrate Partnership with Region’s Building Trades Unions

Pennsylvanians have read and heard about the need to expand natural gas infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth, but what can sometimes be lost in the public hearings and coverage of this debate is an answer to the very central question of why? Why is natural gas infrastructure the key to realizing shale’s full economic and environmental […]