Water Monitoring Report Finds No Discernable Impacts from Natural Gas Development

Natural gas development has had no discernable impact on water quality in the Susquehanna River Basin, according to a recent continuous water monitoring report. These findings are significant—the Basin is a key drinking water resource just west of the Delaware River and home to thousands of unconventional natural gas wells that are safely producing American energy.   […]

A Clean Energy Economy Starts with Natural Gas

Natural gas is a vital component in supporting the growth of our nation’s clean energy economy, MSC’s David Spigelmyer testified during a House hearing earlier today. Spigelmyer urged the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship to think of natural gas as they consider how to support small business innovation for […]

Nuclear Bailout to Burden Consumers, Cost Job-Creating Investment

Passing a bailout of the nuclear industry threatens Pennsylvania’s business environment and will burden consumers, MSC’s David Spigelmyer testified during a senate hearing earlier this week. Spigelmyer, who will testify before a House committee on Monday, urged the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee to stay true to free market principles, arguing that the […]

President Trump’s Executive Orders Advance American Energy Dominance

Pennsylvania’s energy job-creators joined manufacturers and top building trades union leaders, among others, to applaud President Trump’s signing yesterday of two executive orders that will help expand and modernize America’s energy infrastructure. The Executive Orders are expected to streamline federal permitting and ease unnecessary regulatory roadblocks for new pipeline construction and LNG export terminals. Joining […]

Radio Recap: Natural Gas a “Winner for the Region”

Natural gas is driving manufacturing job growth, consumer savings, and clean air progress, all “winners for the region,” MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during radio interviews across the Commonwealth this week. Here’s a few key highlights from radio row:   On a Generational Manufacturing Opportunity “We’ve got a petrochemical facility being built in the west that […]

2019 Outlook: Steady Energy Growth to Drive Pa. Economic Expansion, Environmental Progress

Pennsylvania is blessed with an enormous energy advantage that gives our region the ability to compete and win economically, grow good-paying local jobs and improve our environment, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during a series of year-end press interviews. “We’ve gone from a period of cautious optimism to now living an energy renaissance,” Spigelmyer told the […]

Pa. Energy Producers Hold ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Outlook

With rig counts steadily rising, key infrastructure projects coming online, and production increasing, Pennsylvania’s energy producers have a cautiously optimistic outlook, MSC president David Spigelmyer told reporters recently. During a swing through local papers across the north central and eastern parts of the state, Spigelmyer provided a state of the industry update for the second-half […]

Gov. Wolf’s Energy Tax Hike to Harm Pa. Jobs, Consumers

Governor Wolf threw his support behind an energy tax increase this week, marking the fourth year in a row the governor put forth a plan that harms Pennsylvania families, small businesses, and consumers. Just like previous proposals, this latest tax increase is a step backward and will make Pennsylvania less competitive for job-creating investment. Natural […]

On Clean, Job-Creating Natural Gas, Gov. Wolf Says One Thing, Does Another

Governor Wolf’s rhetoric doesn’t match his policies when it comes to clean, job-creating natural gas. On one hand, Gov. Wolf talks about supporting further development of abundant, low-cost natural gas as key to consumer savings, environmental progress and manufacturing growth. Yet, his policies tell a different story, as higher taxes, unnecessary regulations, and outright bans […]

MSC in Phila. Inquirer: Gov. Wolf’s Policies Don’t Match His Rhetoric When It Comes to Natural Gas

By David Spigelmyer Gov. Wolf recently shared some encouraging insights on Pennsylvania’s energy future. “The shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin represent enormous economic opportunity,” he said in a news release announcing efforts aimed at attracting more manufacturing to the commonwealth. If only the governor’s policies matched his rhetoric, which continues to threaten the […]

MSC: Proposed Ban on Natural Gas Development ‘Defies Sound Science, Responsible Policymaking’

The Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed ban on safe, responsible natural gas development “improperly infringes on property rights” and is motivated by political considerations instead of being based on sound science, the Marcellus Shale Coalition said in a public comment filed today. MSC’s submission of testimony to the commission comes as the comment period closes […]

MSC Corrects Pa. Lawmaker’s Blatantly Inaccurate Grandstanding

Following the “blatant inaccuracies” Sen. Vincent Hughes shared during recent testimony on natural gas development, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer sent a letter to the senator that corrects the record. Here’s what you need to know from Spigelmyer’s letter: On the taxing of natural gas development: “In addition to paying every other tax imposed upon Pennsylvania businesses, […]

Natural Gas Drives Construction, Building Trades Opportunities

Work began this week on another clean-burning natural gas power plant that will generate enough electricity for 1 million homes in our region, the Tribune-Democrat reports. The Fairview Energy Center in Cambria County is one of more than a dozen natural gas power plants that have been announced, are under construction, or were brought online […]

Celebrating America’s Natural Gas Advantage on National Manufacturing Day

The celebration of Manufacturing Day this week serves as an important reminder for communities across America of how manufacturing creates jobs, improves lives and provides opportunities for economic growth. Nowhere are those realities more clear than in the Appalachian region, where abundant and affordable shale gas production is driving a manufacturing renaissance. Examples of new […]

Job Creators ‘Punch Back’ Against Massive Energy Tax Hikes

Pennsylvania job-creators “punched back” – as the Associated Press reports – this week against the wave of new and even higher energy taxes passed recently by the state senate that will harm manufacturers, small businesses, and consumers alike. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said, Pennsylvania’s natural gas producers – which pay an impact tax that’s generated […]

Pa.’s Impact Tax an Effective, Winning Policy

Summertime – it’s the season for baseball, cookouts, and, unfortunately, for some lawmakers to renew tired calls for a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase. Despite the clear fact that Pennsylvania’s impact fee – our tax on natural gas, which has generated $1.2 billion in new revenue – is working, some in Harrisburg continue to be […]

The Right State Policies Can Drive Job-Creating Investment

Natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale region is “fueling a wave of investment in U.S. petrochemical plants,” CNBC reported this week. According to the report, shale gas production in the tri-state area, coupled with new investments in ethane cracking facilities – such as the project under construction in Beaver County – present an opportunity […]

Pa.’s Natural Gas Impact Tax Generates $1.2 Billion, Keeps Revenues Local

Revenue generated by Pa.’s natural gas impact tax has topped $1.2 billion since 2011, the state’s Public Utility Commission announced recently. The upcoming distribution of more than $173 from Pa.’s unique tax on natural gas, is, as one Beaver Co. commissioner put it, “happy news for the commissioners and happy news for the county.” In […]

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: […]

Pennsylvanians Benefit from Record Natural Gas Production

Pennsylvania held its spot as the nation’s second largest natural gas producing state, with a record 5.1 Tcf of clean-burning natural gas produced in the Commonwealth last year, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s 2016 Annual Oil & Gas Report. The agency’s report issued this week also shows that as production continues to […]

Independent Agency Confirms Again (and Again): Wolf’s Energy Tax Highest in the Nation

Governor Wolf’s massive energy tax increase proposal would give Pennsylvania the highest effective tax on natural gas development in the country, the non-partisan Independent Fiscal Office confirmed for the third time in three years this week. In fact, the governor’s tax hike – far from “moderate” or “sensible” – would set Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax […]

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 […]

Pa. Manufacturers, Air Quality Stronger with Greater Natural Gas Use

Pennsylvania is realizing the manufacturing, consumer savings, and clean-air benefits of domestic natural gas, MSC’s David Spigelmyer made clear on this weekend’s Our Region’s Business program. As Spigelmyer discussed, Pa. manufacturers are creating jobs and planning long-term investments in the Commonwealth to benefit from natural gas. “New downstream manufacturing industries are taking hold as a […]

What Would a Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Mean for Pa. Families?

What if responsible natural gas development were banned? How would that impact Pa.’s economy and working families? According to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Pa. would be one of the economically hardest hit states if responsible oil and natural gas were banned. In fact, according to the  report, the Commonwealth would […]

Natural Gas: Moving America Forward

Following its annual meeting this week, the MSC released a new video highlighting the progress that America continues to make thanks to domestic natural gas development. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said, “clean-burning natural gas is moving America’s economy, our environment and our security forward.” Click HERE to watch “Natural Gas: Moving America Forward” online. Here’s […]

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 […]

New White House Report: Natural Gas Sparks American Manufacturing Revival

Driven by the safe development of natural gas , American manufacturing is making a comeback and creating good-paying jobs, a new White House report confirms. Thanks to shale,  domestic manufacturers have regained the competitive edge in the global marketplace that’s encouraging job-creating investments here at home. While Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently told a congressional […]

MSC in O-R: Greater production of natural gas must be encouraged

Donora is well-known for producing legendary baseball players, such as Stan Musial or the two Ken Griffeys. However, like many small Rust Belt communities across our region and especially in the Mon Valley, Donora has faced big struggles over the years. But the tide is starting to turn, and manufacturing jobs – once the heartbeat […]

Manufacturing Jobs “The Crown Jewel” of American Natural Gas

U.S. natural gas production reached a record high in 2015 and “for the third consecutive year, Pennsylvania saw the largest total gain in annual production,” accordingly to recently released federal data. This new data also shows that overall natural gas use reached record levels in 2015, increasing nearly 3% from the previous year. That increased […]

SHALE INSIGHT 2016 Highlights Shale’s Regional Benefits

Joining with regional West Virginia and Ohio partners, SHALE INSIGHT™ returned to Pittsburgh this year with a clear focus on the economic and environmental opportunities that shale development presents for the Appalachian Basin and beyond. The two-day conference, which attracted more than 1,300 attendees from across the globe, featured engaging keynote speakers, panel discussions, and […]

Top 5 Must See Programs at SHALE INSIGHT 2016

Returning to Pittsburgh for its sixth year, SHALE INSIGHT 2016 opens this week with an exciting new partnership highlighting the entire region. Since the first SHALE INSIGHT in Philadelphia, the conference — which alternates between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — has established itself as a top-tier forum where leaders, experts, and policymakers discuss challenges and opportunities […]

Top U.S. Official Touts American Natural Gas on Capitol Hill

“The U.S. is also now the number one producer of natural gas in the world,” confirmed U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz during a congressional hearing today. Thanks to responsible shale development – led largely by producers in the Commonwealth – America is more energy secure, families are realizing significant energy savings, Made in America is […]

Pa. Natural Gas Production, Overall Safety Soar in 2015

Pennsylvania natural gas output continues to break records, as more than 4.6 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of this clean-burning domestic resource was safely produced in 2015, according to a new Pa. DEP report. And as natural gas production soared by 318% since 2011, overall regulatory compliance metrics reflect the industry’s second-to-none commitment to environmental and […]

American Energy = American Manufacturing Jobs

Shell’s recent decision to move forward with building an ethane cracker plant, which will generate significant economic benefits including nearly 6,000 construction jobs, brings into focus shale’s larger role in driving a regional manufacturing renaissance. In fact, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer and Pa. Manufacturers’ Association president David Taylor highlighted this shale-driven manufacturing comeback in a […]

America Continues Reign as World’s Top Natural Gas Producer

Thanks to America’s shale energy revolution, the United States remains the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report. Since surpassing Russia in 2011, the U.S. has maintained its number one position in natural gas production with Pennsylvania contributing significantly to America’s enhanced security. In addition to […]

MSC Earth Day Column: Natural Gas Enhances Our Environment

While Earth Day is recognized once a year, we all have an obligation to ensure that we’re taking daily steps aimed at protecting and enhancing our environment. After all, as the saying goes, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Earth Day provides an important opportunity to take […]

Fracking Bans Harm Middle-Class Families, Union Jobs, Environment

In the height of political campaigns, it’s often hard to separate fact and fiction. This is especially true as it relates tightly-regulated, job-creating natural gas development. Despite what some political candidates say, hydraulic fracturing is a safe, proven technology that is delivering energy savings for American families and manufacturers. What’s more, greater natural gas is […]

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 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 […]

Higher Energy Taxes Threaten Pa. Jobs, Manufacturing

As MSC president David Spigelmyer said last week, “many in Harrisburg recognize the devastating impacts that even higher energy taxes would have on small businesses, consumers, families and manufacturers.” That was a central message the organization reinforced yesterday on RJ Harris’ WHP 580 radio program, with Spigelmyer making clear that there couldn’t be a worse […]

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 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 Talks Shale Benefits on PCN

MSC president Dave Spigelmyer highlighted the economic and environmental benefits of responsible shale development on PCN this week. In the interview and call-in segments, Spigelmyer also underscored the fact that higher energy taxes risk thousands of good-paying jobs and threaten our economic opportunity for the Commonwealth. Here’s more from the interview: On Pennsylvania’s manufacturing rebirth, […]

Pittsburgh Business Times: MSC Demystifying the Fracking Process

A veteran of the natural gas industry, David Spigelmyer was tapped to lead the Marcellus Shale Coalition last October, taking over the reins of an organization he helped to found. As the coalition’s president, he is serving as the industry’s representative to the public during a time of unprecedented and rapid growth. Among his aims […]