What is being done to track/monitor/regulate the various wells throughout the state?

Development of the Marcellus Shale is overseen by the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of Oil and Gas Management. In order to drill a well, an operator must first obtain a well permit as well as fulfill a financial incentive to ensure all essential operations are performed to maintain the safety and integrity […]

Is there a research fund at the state that would use revenues coming in from the industry?

Marcellus Shale operators have paid more than $406 million over the past two years in impact fees, which are allocated to municipalities around the state as well as government organizations that conduct research into new regulations and systems, along with the effect of this growing industry on the Pennsylvania. The Department of Environmental Protection recently […]

How much do you pay in taxes–my husband and I pay taxes on our small pensions. Just curious to know how much your corporation pays?

The natural gas industry pays the same taxes as every other industry/business operating in the commonwealth. Since 2006, the natural gas industry is responsible for more than $1.8 billion in tax revenue, and over the past two years generated more than $400 million in impact fees. 

Do you offer any scholarship money for future gas and petro engineers?

Many of our member companies have scholarship programs with various universities and vocational/technical schools and the Marcellus Shale Coalition has worked with the Community College of Philadelphia to provide opportunities to those in the region interested in furthering their career in the energy industry.

Why does the natural gas industry continuously refuse to disclose the constituent chemicals in the fracturing liquid? As well as obfuscate any attempt at passing regulation in order to require such practices?

The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is required to disclose – on a well-by-well basis – the chemical additives used in fracturing fluids. Additionally, additives represent less than 1% of the hydraulic fracturing fluid – the other 99+ percent is sand and water. As far as the chemicals used in the process, the Marcellus Shale […]

What is the role of the SRBC in overseeing/permitting withdrawals on a water-shed wide basin?

As you may know, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) regulates water withdrawals and consumptive water use in the river basin, for all industrial, including natural gas use. SRBC provides a great overview of its role in natural gas development. Click here to view that online. And while natural gas development continues at a steady […]

Why did the industry push for Act 13 which removes local zoning authority and places a gag order on physicians?

Despite claims, Act 13 dramatically expanded transparency and further modernized the commonwealth’s robust regulatory framework. As it relates to disclosure of fracturing fluids, click here and here to review the facts. And more here from Pa. DEP: “Act 13 provides for immediate, verbal communication of any proprietary information to emergency responders to ensure the necessary […]

Where is the intersection between local and state government and how is the local population protected?

Here in Pennsylvania, we have some of the strongest regulations in place to ensure that hydraulic fracturing is done in a way that protects our environment and our neighbors. In February 2012, Pennsylvania enacted Act 13, a comprehensive law that according to the Department of Environmental Protection, “enacted stronger environmental standards, authorized local governments to adopt […]

What is the administration doing to ensure the interests of the state are met in the long term?

The state government continues to effectively and tightly-regulated the safe development of natural gas in the Commonwealth. From a purely regulatory standpoint, in February 2012, Pennsylvania enacted Act 13, a comprehensive law that according to the Department of Environmental Protection, “enacted stronger environmental standards, authorized local governments to adopt an impact fee and built upon […]

Why is hydraulic fracturing for gas in the Marcellus Shale exempt from the Clean Water Act? Is it because it pollutes water?

This is one of the most common misconceptions out there. It is not exempt; in fact, the regulatory framework under which the natural gas industry operates in Pennsylvania is among the most stringent in the nation.  Indeed, clean-burning American natural gas development – which supports more than 240,000 Pennsylvania jobs, according to the Pa. Department […]

Why are you exporting the NG overseas and then claim it will lower our dependence on foreign energy?!!

Common sense policies that allow for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to our nation’s allies and global trading partners will lead to more American job creation, economic growth, a reduction in our trade imbalance, and cleaner air while bolstering national security. Earlier this year, the MSC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy on […]

What if the tax structure is too low?

Very few unbiased observers would argue that Pennsylvania’s tax structure is too low. According to the Washington, DC-based Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania has one of the highest corporate income taxes in the nation. Additionally, since 2006, the natural gas industry has sent more than $1.8 billion in tax revenue to Harrisburg, in addition to the $406 […]

How safe are extraction methods? Is it well regulated?

Natural gas development and production is highly- and effectively-regulated, with a broad range of safeguards and operational practices in place to ensure that our environment is protected. Click here and here to learn more.

Montgomery County Courts have given me a wage attachment that Shell cannot pay. I am a contractor. When will I benefit from the 12 Life Saving Rules by being given full custody of my daughter and pay commensurate with my skills and potential?

Thank you for your question, however we are not in a position to offer legal advice on your specific situation.  

How much do you pay lobbyists every year?

Like all major industries, engaging and educating public officials is critical to make certain we get this historic opportunity right for all 12 million Pennsylvanians. This requires the industry to employ government affairs professionals who provide expert insight on how various proposals will impact industry operations. Here in Pennsylvania, led by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, […]

How can we get legislation to fuel vehicles with natural gas and the benefits to other sectors and better air quality?

There is actually a lot of work being done to increase the use of natural gas in our vehicles. Gov. Tom Corbett, along with Democrat and Republican governors from across the country, are advancing practical policies aimed at expanding natural gas vehicles and refueling availability. In April, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives began considering several bills, collectively known as the […]

Who is responsible for the cumulative health impacts of shale extraction?

Oil and natural gas development has a long and storied history in Pennsylvania and across the nation. In fact, the first oil well was drilled in 1859 in the small town of Titusville, Pa and since that time, more than 350,000 oil and natural gas wells have been drilled in the commonwealth. As for “cumulative […]

Why does the government have to have a role in this endeavor? The private sector is well known to handle these projects far more efficiently and cost-effectively!

The government, both state and federal, plays a vital and important role in regulating oil and natural gas development. We believe that commonsense regulations that are enacted at the state level not only guide the industry, but provide the public with a sense of assurance that the industry is constructing wells with the highest degree […]

How is the MSC driving lobbying re. infrastructure funding?

While the Marcellus Shale Coalition and its over 300 members are certainly engaged in a multitude of policy and educational matters, our focus remains on issues directly related to natural gas development. Over the past few years, coalition member companies have invested more than $500 million in road repairs and construction. As an industry, we’re […]

How does the industry persuade the FERC to allow it to use existing ROW when building new pipeline infrastructure?

When possible, utilizing existing pipeline right of ways (ROWs) is always the first option for companies expanding the gathering and midstream network of pipelines. However, there is not a one-sized fits all approach, as some existing ROWs may not be the required width to accommodate additional lines. 

How much money did the natural gas/shale industry give to the Corbett campaign? What did you receive in return? Did any industry give more?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) does not make political contributions and does not have a political action committee (PAC). That said, some of our member companies do have PACs and have contributed to candidates of both political parties, including Governor Corbett. 

Has enough research been done to know for certain there are no health issues caused by disposal water from fracking?

Oil and gas development has a long and storied history in Pennsylvania. More than 350,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania since 1859, with more than 70,000 active oil and natural gas wells in the commonwealth today, not including Marcellus Shale wells. And while those early wells were drilled with conventional methods, […]

Has enough research been done to know for certain there are no health issues caused by disposal water from fracking?

There’s certainly been a great deal of research conducted surrounding the issue of hydraulic fracturing and water management, which is all done within a very aggressive regulatory framework to ensure that our environment and public health is protected. We’ve received similar questions from others in the past, and would encourage you to click here to […]

What are they doing for the environment and do communities have a voice in the process?

Strong state regulations hold operators to high standards with regulations that protect the environment. The natural gas industry is governed under a host of federal regulations, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act as well as a host of state regulations, including the Clean Streams […]

I would like the question if the water contamination is govt acceptable or if one of the executives of the company would indulge with no reservations?

To be sure, hydraulic fracturing – a proven and tightly-regulated well completion technology – has never resulted in groundwater contamination. As laid out by the U.S. Department of Energy: “Hydraulic fracturing has been a key technology in making shale gas an affordable addition to the Nation’s energy supply, and the technology has proven to be […]

Why do you get tax breaks?

Since 2006, the natural gas industry has paid more than $1.6 billion in state and local taxes and paid $400 million in impact fees these past two year. When you consider the more than $500 million the industry has invested in road improvement project, only then can you begin to realize the tremendous revenue and […]

How are they dealing with fracking problems?

Marcellus Shale development is regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). There is a host of regulations, specifically the Oil and Gas Act, which was recently updated through the enactment of Act 13, that ensure natural gas development is done safely and in an environmentally responsible manner. When issues arise, operators are required […]

Did the industry oppose a severance tax?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition opposes a severance tax and for good reason. Despite claims that the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania does not pay enough in taxes, the responsible development of the Marcellus shale continues to generate an enormous amount of revenue for the Commonwealth. Between 2006 and today, the natural gas industry has paid […]

If it is so safe then why don’t you REVERSE THE HALLIBURTON LOOPHOLE voluntarily?

We suppose that this question is in regard to hydraulic fracturing, the tightly-regulated, more than 60-year old well completions technology. As you may know, natural gas operators in Pennsylvania are required to disclose all chemical additives used during the hydraulic fracturing process in their well completion reports, which are filled with state environmental regulators. Additional, […]

Are regulations in place?

Yes. Natural gas development is primarily governed by state law and operators have to abide by a host of federal regulations. In February 2012, Pennsylvania  enacted Act 13, a comprehensive law that according to the Department of Environmental Protection, “enacted stronger environmental standards, authorized local governments to adopt an impact fee and built upon the […]

What is being done to prevent it?

We are eager to answer any and all questions. However, given the vagueness of this question, it’s difficult for us to determine what “it” is. That said, there are a host of unnecessary obstacles that prevent safe, job-creating natural gas development in our region. For example, the New Jersey-based Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has […]

What laws prevent the gas driller from dumping drilling mud and fracking fluid into the nearest stream? What are the penalties for doing so?

In Pennsylvania, the Clean Streams Law prevents the unlawful discharge of any fluids into surface waters. The federal Clean Water Act also prevents such actions. If an individual or entity is found to be in violation of either law, they can, and should be prosecuted criminally and civilly.

Where do they get rid of fracking waters? Why isn’t Corbett taxing more?

According to the most recent data gathered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Marcellus Shale natural gas producers are recycling and reusing the vast majority of the water that comes back to the surface. The remaining water is disposed of in EPA-approved and permitted underground injection wells. MSC member companies have pioneered large-scale water […]

Can they do more funded research under and above ground?

MSC member companies and environmental regulators here in Pennsylvania are always looking for ways to improve the process and examine the various aspects of natural gas development. A few examples include regional air monitoring tests by DEP, a  recently announced year-long study of NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material) and a white paper encouraging operators to […]

Why don’t they do more? We’re in a war right now, with people who control our oil.

Several years ago, when experts believed the United States was running out of natural gas, natural gas import facilities where being built to meet our nation’s growing energy needs. At that time, serious discussions were underway among some foreign countries — notably Iran, Russia and Venezuela – aimed at forming an OPEC-like natural gas cartel. […]

Why did the gas industry lobby for and succeed in getting an exemption from the Clean Water Act?

We’ve been asked on occasion whether the natural gas industry — specifically hydraulic fracturing — earned an exemption from a series of federal laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, as part of the bipartisan 2005 energy bill. The short and factual answer is no. Hydraulic fracturing has never been regulated under this law. Fracturing, […]

Why is there not taxing of the industry that would help the entire state in terms of revenue?

The oil and natural gas industry is taxed like every other company doing business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In fact, since 2006, these companies have paid more than $1.6 billion in state taxes, with $420 million coming in 2011 in the form of corporate income taxes, sales tax and employee withholding taxes. This was […]

Why doesn’t the Marcellus Shale Coalition work with PA Legislature to offer incentives for Business, Homes to convert to natural gas?

Our industry is very engaged with elected officials at all levels of government, including our elected officials in Harrisburg to promote the increased use of this clean-burning resource. The Marcellus Shale Coalition supports the “Marcellus Works” legislation sponsored by State Representative Stan Saylor which is designed to further utilize natural gas as a transportation fuel. […]

If fracking is so safe, why has Gov. McCrory of NC vetoed legislation to lift a ban on it, not once but twice?

We certainly can’t speak for former Governor McCrory, but we can offer a look at her public statements. Earlier this year, the governor indicated that she supports hydraulic fracturing, and “energy policies that create jobs and lower costs for businesses and families.” However, hydraulic fracturing is new to North Carolina, and she requested that regulations […]

Why is the industry not working for more stringent regulations to ensure the protection of the environment and the health of our residents?

Here in Pennsylvania, we have some of the strongest regulations in place to ensure that hydraulic fracturing is done in a way that protects our environment and our neighbors. The tightly-regulated development of clean-burning American natural gas is without question an industrial process. And like all industrial activities, there is some risk. But natural gas […]

What business relationship do you have with the government?

Like all businesses and industries regulated by state agencies, we have a working relationship with those who govern the natural gas industry. This was true under Governor Rendell’s tenure and remains the case with the current administration. On the federal level, the Marcellus Shale Coalition has offered insight and testimony to agencies within the Department […]

Where are regulations and how will they repair damage to infrastructure and water, medical plans?

Pennsylvania recently enacted Act 13, a comprehensive bipartisan law that balances the economic and environmental benefits and impacts related to natural gas development. Additional details on Act 13 can be found on Pa. DEP’s website, including a list of frequently asked questions related to impacts and how impact fee revenue can be utilized to address […]

If the drilling process is as environmentally safe as you claim, why doesn’t the MSC ask the feds to remove the exemptions from the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Superfund acts? Why were these exemptions sought?

We’ve been asked on occasion whether the natural gas industry — specifically hydraulic fracturing — earned an exemption from a series of federal laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, as part of the bipartisan 2005 energy bill. The short and factual answer is that natural gas development is regulated under a host of state […]

Will the gas companies have a free ride?

If your question is about taxes, it’s important to note that natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale continues to generate enormous amounts of state, county and local tax revenues. In fact, the natural gas industry pays every single tax that any other business operating in Pennsylvania pays, in addition to a newly enacted impact […]

Why isn’t it being taxed?

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania is taxed. In fact, the natural gas industry pays every single tax that any other business operating in Pennsylvania pays, in addition to a newly enacted impact fee that has already generated $204 million in revenue. Since 2006, natural gas companies have paid more than $1.6 billion in state taxes, […]

Why isn’t there a tax being collected for the gas companies that can be used in the event of an environmental accident?

Natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale continues to generate enormous amounts of state, county and local tax revenues, in addition to revenues from the newly-enacted bipartisan impact fee. Here’s more information about the revenues being generated, benefiting every Pennsylvanian, thanks to safe natural gas development. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) released impact fee […]

What will industry do to educate the next Mayor of Philadelphia?

At the Marcellus Shale Coalition, we work closely with all levels of government and a variety of community stakeholders. When the time comes, we would welcome the opportunity to sit down with the next Mayor of Philadelphia, and discuss the economic impacts and environmental benefits of natural gas operations. It should also be noted, that […]

What is the administration doing to address the needs/concerns of the local communities?

Our state government, as well as the region’s natural gas industry, continue to work collaboratively to ensure that the concerns and needs of local communities across the Commonwealth are effectively addressed. In fact, in addition to the more than $1.6 billion in state taxes that the natural gas industry has paid since 2006 in Pennsylvania, […]

With respect to the impact fee, why was the industry getting a free ride? Teachers were losing their jobs coincidently at the same time as the impact fee debate was going on, which didn’t help the situation.

Natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale continues to generate enormous amounts of state, county and local tax revenues, in addition to revenues from the newly-enacted bipartisan impact fee. Here’s more information about the revenues being generated, benefiting every Pennsylvanian, thanks to safe natural gas development.  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) released impact fee […]

Is there a state regulatory framework to both protect the environment and encourage economic progress?

Yes. In fact, Pennsylvania recently enacted Act 13, a comprehensive bipartisan law that balances the economic and environmental benefits and impacts related to natural gas development. Additional details on Act 13 can be found on the PA DEP’s website, including a list of frequently asked questions. Following the passage of H.B. 1950, which would later […]