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 […]

American Energy Delivers Gold

As top athletes compete at this summer’s Rio Olympics, American shale development continues to deliver gold for our nation’s economy, our environment and our security. The U.S. is a world leader in energy production with domestic shale driving worldwide production growth and outpacing former energy powerhouses like Russia and Saudi Arabia. In fact, American oil […]

Shale Unifying, Strengthening America

As the presidential election continues to gain steam, voters of virtually every political stripe are looking for candidates that will embrace policies that will enhance America’s energy security, improve our air quality, and strengthen the economy. Thanks to our domestic shale revolution, as the MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer, America continues to […]

Shale Development Benefits All Americans

As presidential nominating conventions get underway in Cleveland and Philadelphia, it’s critical that America’s abundant natural gas resources are recognized as an asset that can continue to help create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, greatly improve our environment and strengthen the nation’s world standing. Highlighting these benefits in a joint Crain’s Cleveland Business column, MSC’s David Spigelmyer and Ohio Oil and […]

Pa.’s Impact Tax Generates $1B for Community, Infrastructure, Environmental Programs Since 2011

Pennsylvania’s unique impact fee – or tax on natural gas – has generated more than $1 billion since 2011, according to recently released data from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission [NOTE: Click here to view county + municipality totals]. In 2015, the fee-tax on responsible shale development generated more than $187 million – the overwhelming […]

Pennsylvania’s Regulatory Framework is a Model for Other Energy Producing States

As some in Harrisburg echo the misleading and oftentimes downright false claims of anti-energy activists, it’s critical Pennsylvanians have the facts regarding tightly regulated shale development and its unquestionable environmental and economic benefits. In today’s Tribune-Review, MSC’s David Spigelmyer joined regional partners at the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and the West Virginia Oil and […]

Shell Cracker a Win for Regional Economy

‘Game-Changer’; ‘Renaissance’; ‘Thrilling’ – some of the terms used to describe Shell’s $6 billion commitment to build an ethane cracker plant in western Pennsylvania. This facility, projected to be operational in early 2020, will rely on locally-produced natural gas and create nearly 6,000 construction – many of them for our region’s building trades union members […]

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 […]

Natural Gas + Infrastructure = American Manufacturing

American’s shale-driven manufacturing renaissance can be strengthened further with the right policies, collaboration as well as the continued build-out of critical infrastructure. As Harvard Business School experts have found, “low energy costs benefit both large and small businesses and will lead to a large number of middle-skills jobs that pay attractive wages.” Locally, this is […]

Pa.’s Natural Gas Impact Tax a Winning National Model

Pennsylvanians support keeping natural gas tax revenues in local communities, according to a new Indiana University study. The researchers, who polled nearly 500 Pennsylvanians, found that the Commonwealth’s natural gas impact fee tax serves as an effective national model, concluding that other states should consider “adopting targeted reinvestment policies for energy development that are similar […]

Thanks to Natural Gas, “America is the New Epicenter of Energy in the World”

America’s abundant natural gas resources have positively transformed the U.S. into a global clean energy leader while helping to create good-paying jobs here at home. This is in large part thanks to advancements in technology, principally the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. In fact, according to a recent U.S. Energy Information Administration analysis, […]

Natural Gas Strengthens America’s Energy Security, Delivers Consumer Benefits

As some in Harrisburg continue to pursue misguided plans for even higher energy taxes and unnecessary, additional regulations that will provide little-to-no environmental benefit, MSC’s David Spigelmyer joined WPGP’s Rose Tennent to discuss the benefits of affordable, clean-burning natural gas. Here are highlights from Spigelmyer’s interview yesterday: On Strengthening National Security “Shale development has lessened […]

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 […]

Clean-Burning Natural Gas Improves Air Quality

During an online “town hall” forum this week, Gov. Tom Wolf outlined new methane emissions-related regulations despite the clear fact that Pa. DEP and U.S. EPA data demonstrates that emissions are plummeting as natural gas production soars. In fact, thanks to America’s increased production and use of clean-burning natural gas, the U.S. has reduced its […]

What They’re Saying: “Couldn’t Be a Worse Time for Higher Energy Taxes”

Despite many Pennsylvanians’ concerns about the grave job and consumer consequences of a massive energy tax hike, some in Harrisburg continue to dangerously ignore stark market realities in their focus on enacting even higher energy taxes. Yet key energy-producing states, including W.Va., that rely on severance tax revenues are facing severe budget shortfalls as difficult […]

Pa. Drives Increase in U.S. Natural Gas Abundance

Pennsylvania continues to lead America’s energy revolution, driving the increase in proved natural gas reserves, according to newly released government data. The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) report shows the keystone state “had the second-largest total natural gas reserves in 2014” and added 10.4 trillion cubic feet of proved reserves thanks to the “continued development […]

We Agree: Using Locally-Produced “Natural Gas to Fuel Our Railroad is Cool”

Following the recent release of an IHS study highlighting the fact that shale is breathing an “economic second life” into Marcus Hook, a new Pa. Public Utilities Commission report finds that Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) has already saved nearly $8 million by increasing its use of locally-produced natural gas. The report also noted that the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marcellus Shale: Homegrown Energy, Homegrown Jobs

Clean, affordable, safely-produced American natural gas is not only helping to lower taxes and energy bills, but it’s also providing our tremendous source of job and career opportunities for Pennsylvanians. In short, this historic opportunity is a job-creating, economy-boosting machine that’s Powering an American Renaissance. Union, non-union, industry-based, or ancillary – the safe, responsible shale gas […]

MSC Announces Committee Leadership for 2013

22 Member Companies Represented Across 20 Diverse Panels Pittsburgh, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) Chair David J. Spigelmyer today announced the 40 men and women elected by the MSC’s Board of Directors to lead the organization’s committees and subcommittees in 2013.  The 20 panels – comprised by professionals from MSC member companies – take […]

MSC Committee Leaders Poised for New Challenges, Opportunities in 2012

Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) Chairman Dave Spigelmyer today announced the 41 men and women elected by the MSC’s Board of Directors to lead the organization’s committees and subcommittees in 2012.  75 individuals ran for leadership positions across 20 panels.  MSC committees craft and communicate responsible practices for shale gas development in Pennsylvania, […]